Musicians Without Arrogance – Do They Exist? ( #repost )

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david on stageYes…..they do exist. I have indeed crossed paths with brilliant musicians who are LISTENERS, HELPERS and HUMBLE! Granted, they are few and far between, but they are out there. I admit that performing music for an audience can provide approval and praise that often can led to an heightened sense of ego, but pride and confidence should not be confused with arrogance.

One of my passions and missions of David’s Music House is that I stress to our Teachers/Music Mentors to do more than instruct students how to just play an instrument. There is so much more involved in the teaching of how to be a true musician that is often neglected in music education. These days, with so much promotion of learning music and performance through technology, this personal and inspirational mentoring is being lost. Music in its best form, can only be fully learned with face-to-face, personal human interaction.

Our mission at David’s Music House is to Teach, Mentor and Inspire. The first thing you have to do to insure growth in learning is inspire the student to continue learning, beyond the beginning curiosity. They need to come back and WANT to learn. That’s where the FACE-TO-FACE INSPIRATION comes in. Without that, you’re only selling shoes.

The next aspect of learning music is that during the earliest stages of lessons, music students need to learn how to perform in front of others. Unless someone is purely planning to play an instrument in a closet, by themselves, they need to be taught to realize that there are people listening. That’s why DMH teachers have access to our coffee house stage, to bring the student out of the lesson room and play what they just learned.

The next and extremely important part of being a musician is learning HOW TO LISTEN! I can not tell you how many musicians I have known who find it impossible to LISTEN to the other musicians they are performing with. This disability has grown progressively worse as more and more young musicians are migrating to performing in their bedrooms and basements to the YouTube world. The Internet is leading youth to become more siloed and disconnected from inter-personal connection with others. While YouTube and open mic nights are great tools for learning and getting feedback on your performance, they also tend to create a path that is disconnected from playing with other musicians.

David’s Music House Music Mentors teach our students that by listening to what another person is playing along with you, you will be able to do such things as play softer to allow the soloist to be heard above the rest, insure that you are keeping your timing equal to the other performers and most importantly, understanding how BEAUTIFUL the complete collection of performers sounds as each part compliments the whole sound that is heard by everyone! This is a concept that is taught in orchestras and bands because each person’s single part only sounds good when performed with the other parts.

These are the reasons we say “The Lesson Room Is Only The FIRST Step”. It has always been a personal passion of mine to insure that anyone learning music at David’s Music House, is not only instructed, but INSPIRED by their teachers, to be not only great musicians, but HUMBLE LISTENERS.

I personally will insure that all of our teachers work hard to follow these passions and principles and your feedback is very important to me, to insure that our students are the highest priority of everyone at DMH. Send me your comments or any questions you may have to david@davidsmusichouse.com

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Thank you again for your continued support of David’s Music House.

David

New for Fall – Group Lessons!

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We’ve been very busy adding new teachers to keep up with the demand of incoming students and we are so excited to be adding some fabulous NEW Group Lessons beginning this September. Although group lessons do not provide that one on one attention of private lessons, they are a very beneficial because the introduce students to performing with other musicians and are a more affordable method if private lessons are not an option for large families. Give us a call to sign up – 724-941-9200

Here are the NEW Sessions:

Beginner Guitar: Mondays 7:30pm-8:30pm
Junior Jamboree: Mondays 1:30pm-2:30pm
Songwriting: Saturdays at 12:00pm-1:00pm
Music Theory: Wednesdays 7:30pm-8:30pm
Audio Training: Saturday 11:00am-noon
Beginner Voice: Tuesday 7:00pm-8:00pm

Class Descriptions

• Beginner Guitar – This class is designed for students who have a guitar, but have no formal training on this instrument. It is open to students ages 8-18. The class will first focus on the parts of the guitar, some history of the instrument, and then basic playing styles and uses of the guitar. In the following weeks students will learn how to play chords, which are the most popular way of using the guitar, and then learn how to play songs in a group and independently. Each student will have the opportunity to perform a song at the end of the class independently, or perform as a group.

• Songwriting – This class is for the musician who has played other people’s music, but has not yet created something themselves. Musicians who have already written songs and need more inspiration or a different outlook to spark their writers block are welcome as well. Student should already know how to play an instrument and be able to follow basic musical instruction as an individual.

• Music Theory I – Music Theory is the underlying language of music. When you understand what is going on within the mechanics of music, you can understand and manipulate it in ways never imagined before. This class is designed for students who are curious about how music works, students who are preparing for a collegiate career in music and need to brush up on their skills, or for musicians who need to dig deeper within the roots of their knowledge of music to find inspiration or better understand music from another musical activity. Singers and instrumentalists alike, we all need to know theory. Get your head start here!

• Beginner Voice – This class is for students who have never taken lessons, or who have taken a minimal amount of lessons focusing on the vocal instrument. Student will first learn about the different kinds of voices, and how each are used within different genres of music. Student will learn how to breathe properly, how to carry their voice with a proper breath, and how to make their voices sound full and rich with specific vocal techniques. This class is open to students 8-18. This class will be full of fun with silly improvisation activities and fun wacky vocal warm-ups. Ever sing with your tongue sticking out? You will here!

• Junior Jamboree – This class is for potty-trained students aged 3-5 years old. Parent accompaniment is not necessary for this hour long class chuck full of stories, rhymes, silly dances, wacky games, and lots of musical educational FUN! Students will sing, play hand instruments, acts out songs and stories, and enjoy themselves while laying the ground for a lifetime of enjoying music and language.

• Audio Training – Students aged 10-18 will enjoy learning about all the hard work backstage to make performers look and sound so good. Students will learn how to set up and tear down a basic stage set-up for live music, microphone set-up and handling, cabling and connections, how to run a sound board, and how to record using different types of software. Students will be using hi-tech audio tracking systems to record and mix musicians and will also have the opportunity to RUN the sound for a live musical performance. A totally UNIQUE class you won’t find anywhere else!

Special Programs

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