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In the popular Tom Hanks movie, “A League of Their Own”, Hanks portrays the manager of a women’s baseball team created during World War II who tries to treat the women players with the same hard knock methods as he would with a men’s team. When a player becomes upset at him yelling at her and begins to cry, Hanks says the popular quote from the movie, “There’s no crying in baseball”! I use this as an example to illustrate how I talk about the subject of “taking the summer off from taking music lessons”. To this I say…. “There’s no stopping in music!”
I consistently speak to this issue to all parents and students. This is a subject near and dear to the CORE Mission of David’s Music House. Ever hear the quotation, “How do you get to Carnegie Hall?…Practice, Practice, Practice”? Becoming the best you can be at any skill only comes from consistent learning, practice and experience. When the academic school year ends, this is the BEST time to continue or begin taking private music lessons, as there is actually less personal time restrictions for families. You’ll be that much ahead of the game when you go back to school and music activities the next year.
Exercising, weightlifting, running, losing weight, and basically any endeavor where the goal is to improve and be as good as you can be, can only be achieved by consistent and continuous pursuit of all the aspects that will lead you to that accomplishment. Music is a skill that one can only improve by adhering to a schedule of continuous experience. As with any skill, any extended or repetitive length of time not spent on that effort, whether it’s a physical sport or playing an instrument or singing, will cause physical changes to occur, such as fingertips getting soft again if playing guitar, or muscle strength in the hands and fingers that develop playing the piano or the vocal cords that grow and strengthen as one learns to sing. All the time spent on developing strengths and learned skills will diminish during long periods of non use and then will have to be relearned and strengthened all over again. Why would anyone want to take 5 steps forward, only to slide back to step 1 again?
NEW SUMMER PACKS PROGRAM
We realize that Summer also means the opportunity for families to spend some much needed time together for some R&R, going on vacations or visiting distant relatives. To help our DMH Families to be able to continue their music learning and take time off for vacations, we have developed our NEW SUMMER PACKS PROGRAM. There are some excellent options for families to schedule and reserve lesson times on our schedule that will also guarantee not losing your usual lesson times. Call us at 724-941-9200, email email@example.com or stop by and ask our receptionists all about the details and reserve your summer lessons right away!
It is the mission of David’s Music House to insure that everyone is immersed in any and all the ways that will offer a continuation of the pursuit of the love of music and the “WHY” they need to continue learning and experiencing playing, listening and sharing the Power of Music! We don’t only teach how to perform music….we help you KNOW WHY music is awesome. Our music teachers are Music Mentors who collaborate and work together as a team for all our DMH students.
Thank you for your continued support and for spreading the word about the VALUE of David’s Music House to the community!
Peace & Love,
I have always loved looking for a new or different way of doing anything! I can remember from a very early age following my Dad around and watching anything he did. My Dad was always into something, from home improvement projects to taxidermy (don’t know what that is? Google it :-). Dad would do home projects but always with a creative drive. He didn’t like having the same things every other house in the neighborhood had. Many homes had driveways in our neighborhood that were either gravel or cement where the tires drove into the garage with grass in the middle. Dad decided he was going to make the driveway all cement but he found a way of coloring cement so our driveway had a strip of green cement where the grass used to be. Dad also installed air-conditioning in our home way before anyone ever considered getting air-conditioning in homes.
Dad was known for having that creative flair even when he was very young. He was an avid hunter even as a teenager, but in those days, teenagers weren’t just given money for anything they wanted. If they wanted something, they had to find a way to earn the money. Dad also started doing taxidermy as a teenager, so he walked into the local hardware store and asked the owner if he would allow him to decorate his front window to display their hunting equipment, in exchange for hunting supplies he wanted. So the owner agreed and Dad used animals he had stuffed, leaves, tree branches and created an awesome display window and this was how he was able to get the hunting supplies he needed every year.
I definitely have the creative gene in my DNA. I’m always looking for better and creative ways to improve our “Total Music Experience”. Over the next couple of months, we will be migrating to a new scheduling software that will provide each parent/student their personal portal of communication with their teachers.
Beginning Soon – NEW Scheduling Software.
Some of the services this will offer:
- Your personal webpage to view your upcoming lesson appointments
- One place for teachers to post lesson plans, notes about music books needed, resources to help with practicing for you next lesson
- Communications tool to your teacher
- Email reminders about tuition payments
- FUTURE – on-line payment processes
- DMH merchandise, gift certificates, etc. in an easy access on-line store.
Speaking of growth, we are indeed growing. One aspect of growth is keeping up with it in order to continue providing the same level of service and satisfaction. Our growth is reaching the level where we need to be aware of how to insure we are providing the BEST EXPERIENCE to ALL of our DMH student families.
Opened on Oct. 10, 2010
Started with 30 students
Now over 200 students
Started with 4 teachers
Now – 17 teachers
Our Monthly Student Showcases, for example, have been extremely successful, to the degree that we are overcrowding our space. We now need to limit the amount of people for the comfort and safety of everyone, so the students performing will invite two family members to watch their performance. We also need to insure performing students have seats to enjoy the showcase as well.
Other family and friends can watch their students perform as we will be streaming showcases LIVE, on the internet using Ustream. To view a showcase, anyone can simply go to www.davidsmusichouse.com and click the U icon, in the top, right corner of the HOME PAGE and they will be taken to the LIVE performance. The performance will later be available on our DMH YouTube Channel, which is also accessed from the YouTube icon on our website.
I love looking for ways to use technology and creativity to insure David’s Music House always provides “A Total Music Experience”.
Thank you to each and every one of you for your continuing support and love!
PS – Don’t forget to check out our Ustream Channel LIVE broadcast of this month’s Student Showcase.
Peace & Love,
There’s always lots going on at David’s Music House. We have more New Teachers, Summer Camps still going on, our monthly Student Showcase Performance (2nd Wednesday of each month) and a great Kick Off for September with Guitar Virtuoso Ian Ethan Case coming back to perform LIVE on the DMH Coffee House Stage.
What makes David’s Music House your BEST choice for music education? Simply put we are “A Total Music Experience”
As a parent myself, I drove my daughters to music lessons, parked in driveways, sat in basements on old couches with the house cat jumping on me, or I drove around for 20 minutes, until it was time for the lesson to be over. That’s why the main thing I wanted to do when I created a music school, was to create a large space for parents to wait, read, listen to music, use free WiFi or have some coffee, tea or a small snack. We hear so much from parents, “I just LOVE coming here during a lesson…just to relax or read.” I also remember all those tiny lesson rooms where my daughter’s knees were almost touching the teachers. I thought this must have been a closet to hang coats at one time!” That’s why I made sure our lesson rooms are very large and can easily allow a parent to sit in and be a part of the lesson, so they know what the teacher is teaching and how they can help support that learning process.
2015 Summer Camps
Our Summer Woodwind Camp was a wonderful success…lots of learning, tips, recording studio exposure and capped off with a LIVE performance on the Public Radio Saturday Light Brigade Program.
There are still more camps to go. Next is our Broadway Camp. Our camps are 3 hours for 5 successive days (Mon – Fri) usually from 12:30pm – 3:30pm. All campers get a free snack and one of our DMH T Shirts. Call 724-941-9200 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for all the details.
We are so very excited to welcome two New Music Mentors to the DMH Family: (click on their pictures for BIO) Jonathan Klein and Javier Camacho.
September 2, 2015 LIVE Performance – Ian Ethan Case + DMH Student Showcase
I know it’s still Summer but start planning to make it to this LIVE Performance of one of the most amazing guitarists in the country… and also one of the nicest persons I know. Ian Ethan Case plays double neck guitar and loops his performance, LIVE and continues weaving more amazing and intricate parts with all his other guitars and percussion instruments he has with him. It is truly an amazing live performance…not to be missed.
We will be having some of our guitar students perform a student showcase during Ian’s performance and they will get to meet, talk and learn all about the amazing things Ian has done in the music world! This is LIVE INSPIRATION and nothing put a learning student more on the path to success than that!
As always…thank you all for your amazing support and for spreading the word about David’s Music House.
Peace & Love,
If I’ve learned one thing about starting your own business, it’s that you always have to bring yourself back to center focus on WHY you are doing this in the first place. Often, the purpose is to start something that will be successful, new, innovative, and monetarily rewarding. While these are all part of starting a business, they will not keep things moving toward real fulfillment.
During my last 5 or so years before my 22 year corporate job ended, I began thinking, there has to be a better way….a better purpose…something that “I” could do differently. I began exploring a few franchise ideas. I quickly discovered that many franchises have one single purpose and that is providing income to who was selling the franchise. I knew whatever I did, it had to be centered on something that was “me” and on something that had been at the center of fulfillment, most of my life…and that was music.
I must confess that what is David’s Music House…. was not in my mind from the start. I really only knew how I felt inside and that my creativity could come up with something different. I have ALWAYS been about doing things or looking at things from other viewpoints and other ways. As I explored resources about starting a business, I began doing the basics. I took a course “How to start a business” at our local community college. The course provided a general knowledge of steps to take and a TON of resources to investigate. I knew that this was just a first step in a long process of research and discovery that would put me on a path of where I wanted to go.
Then something else seems to take over my next steps in this journey. It was more of an inner voice telling me to go ask this person for advice or ask to speak to the owner of a business. I don’t remember having these steps in my mind but rather just some inner force pushing me. Eventually, I reached a point within a 2 year period of gathering resources and advice that I had to put a pin on a date on a calendar and “just do it”! Somehow, all the pieces fell together as if by some miracle force to the magical date of 10.10.10 – my Grand Opening Day! October 10, 2010….yes… 10.10.10…so many pieces of a HUGE puzzle of how I had arrived at this date were nothing less than miracles! To this day, I KNOW IN MY HEART that my Dad, who had passed when I was 40 years old, had been standing there, right beside me all the time, making everything happen to me that brought me to that date!
That force and spirit that has been guiding me…that inner voice…is still working within my life, every single day! From that opening day, too many “miracles” have been happening to keep my journey going. I know that the forces that brought me to where I am right now in my life have not happened by chance and that makes me know that this journey that is David’s Music House is only going to continue moving toward my inner purpose of doing everything I can to help others find their personal journey, and what better tool can we use to make our lives better, than music!
Changes happen…and unexpected things occur…but one thing remains the same….we each have a purpose that guides our choices and actions as we go through life. If you listen to who you are, deep inside…the voice that has guided your good and bad choices in life…you will know what to do when those changes come along. Stay in focus of who you are. THIS will always make you know how to make the right choices in whatever you do.
As David’s Music House contines to grow and face challenges, my inner voice will always guide me to keep on target of doing the best I can to provide a place of happiness, guidance and mentoring to those who wish to find out who they want to be….and we do that …. with MUSIC!
Peace and Love,
Additionally, about once a month, we will be bringing in professional touring or local music performers and adding additional Student Showcases during the professionals intermission. This will provide stage training to the student but also allow them to meet and greet the professional artist to learn and be inspired by their talent.
These steps are just more aspects that make David’s Music House “A Total Music Experience” and the “Future of Music Education”.
All of the years that I have performed with various musicians have provided me with a keen sense of how much young musicians need to learn how to be good listeners and humble people. Being a musician is an ego trip for most of us and DMH is here to teach students the difference between enjoying your musical gifts and being so full of your talent. Nothing is more important than the “PERFORMANCE” and the “LISTENER”.
Thanks for supporting David’s Music House.
December is such a busy and exciting time for us all. Often we become so focused on what we need to do that we forget what we need to focus on. Everywhere we look, everything seems to be about gifts and decorations. Christmas is the time to re-focus on our countless blessings of health, family, friendships and love. It is also a great time to remember others who are not as fortunate and to help in any way we can. Christmas reminds us that we are not the center of all things, but that we are all here for the purpose of giving.
I also like to use this time of year to reflect on the past year….what worked, what didn’t and how can things be better. One of the most obvious things I continue to discover as I get older…is that I have so much yet to learn…and the learning of it is what is so exciting!
One new aspect we will be doing next year is our student concerts. Currently, we have had some wonderful performances during the year, but I remembered how I used to think of “recitals” as both a student and a parent and how I wanted David’s Music House to do this better. Occasional student “recitals” do not serve the greater purpose of learning how to perform. Although they do present the experience of performing on stage, the greater thing they do is prepare one or two songs that must be learned and end up causing so much stress, as the time comes for each student to perform at this once or a couple of times during the year performance. As a musician, a learning student and a parent of a student, I have NEVER thought of this as real performance learning!
So….for 2015, we will not have these occasionally, larger student concerts, as we have in the past. All of our DMH teachers will be bringing their students to perform at our Monthly Open Stage/Student Showcases. Teachers will be preparing students as part of their lesson times, on how to perform on stage, by teaching them how to speak to the audience, how to properly use a microphone, how to engage the audience. THESE are the skills that so many young musicians do not possess nor have they ever been taught.
There will also be more occasions to perform for audiences thought the year, such as partake in Student Showcases during our Professional LIVE Concerts, where students will perform during an intermission of a touring Independent artist. We will be holding other Special Performance Events which will be announced as they are scheduled. These may be Student Ensembles or Bands or performances with Teachers. The idea is to have our students perform more frequently and with more specific performance training so that they are not only providing a time to show their parents how well they are doing, but to insure that they become “experts” and comfortable with performing in front of people. Unless the goal is to forever perform alone, in their bedrooms, eventually what every musician learns is they are no longer playing music for themselves, but for the people listening to them. A musician without someone listening is like a tree falling in a forest….does it make a sound? 🙂
As I always have said, “We do Music Education differently here at DMH. The Lesson Room is ONLY the FIRST STEP.” There is so much more to the Experience of learning and loving music than being instructed how to play an instrument. These other aspects are so over looked in music education today. Musicians do not know how to perform, play with other musicians, improvise or LISTEN and ADD to the whole performance, rather than be thinking all about what you are playing in your bedroom, with a video camera to put up on YouTube.
David’s Music House will ALWAYS change and find new ways to provide “A Total Music Experience” Keep reading the Newsletter for more exciting and NEW changes for 2015.
Let me end by first, thanking each student and parent who comes to and supports David’s Music House. I can not thank each of you enough for helping myself and everyone at DMH, for keeping us going and excited to bring more great musicians, music and people in the world to discover and realize, “The Power of Music” in our lives.
I want to wish each of you a Very Merry Christmas, Happy New Year and Happy Holidays!
Love yens guys!!!
PS – Please note the Review of our Music Lesson Policy in our December Newsletter.