“There’s no crying in baseball!” – Tom Hanks – “League of Their Own”

More than a month ago

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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 dmh@davidsmusichouse.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,

David

 

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

Over a year ago

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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

“People don’t buy what you do…people buy WHY you do it” – Simon Sinek

Quite a long while ago

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The message of my article this month is perfectly aligned with an amazing concept from Simon Sinek, noted author and motivational speaker. There is a great video of by Mr. Sinek titled “How Great Leaders Inspire Action” on Ted Talks (www.ted.com) about great leaders who follow a philosophy of “People don’t buy what you do, they buy WHY you do it”. My article this month speaks about my discovery that this amazing principal is exactly the primary mission for my creation that is David’s Music House. I would like to tell you all WHY I created David’s Music House and tell you the VALUE of choosing to come here for your music education, above all other possible choices.

THE reason I created David’s Music House was my underlying passion to do everything possible, in a music educational environment, to prevent a student from losing that passion that first ignited within to make him or her want to learn to play an instrument. (People don’t buy what you do, they buy WHY you do it.) I decided that my music school had to provide any tool or at least the ability for educators to feel free to create and utilize any means to re-ignite that spark when they see a sudden lack of practice or enthusiasm in their student.  Additionally, I remembered that every musician I have ever known, experienced a single moment or person who totally put them on a path of becoming a musician. Therefore, I created a “LIVE music venue setting for the school, where learning students could watch and listen to amazing professional performers dazzle them, right before their eyes, in a close, comfortable setting in a “living room, coffee house”.  I can remember thinking… this is a win-win solution!  I’ll create a music school that looks and feels like anyone’s living room and add the community feeling of a coffee house setting.  This would provide performers with the intimate environment they like to perform in the most amazing music lesson waiting room ever created!

This most unique business idea, along with a perfect atmosphere in a prosperous, growing community is what makes David’s Music House perfect for growth.  I have seen it occurring since I first opened the doors on 10/10/2010.  I knew I had the perfect ingredients for business growth.  The second part of seeing a long successful business is by providing the very best “customer experience” to insure loyalty in your customers so they keep coming back.

FINDING THE BEST TEACHERS:  David’s Music House has some of the finest musicians/instructors you will ever find!  I pride myself in hiring not only teachers with extensive music backgrounds, but also in finding those who can and will embrace the DMH mission. “I will not have a single teacher within David’s Music House who shows resistance to the purpose it was created for and each must not only verbally agree to the mission, but carry out it’s purpose every single day, even when they are not physically within the business.  Those who will be here to see the heights we can all reach, will be those who ‘walk the walk’ of not just teaching… but making sure each and every student wants to come to David’s Music House more than almost anything else they are involved in”.  This can only be done if the teachers are providing the excitement and passion from within themselves, and lead by example.  That is how you mentor and change lives… by setting examples of INSPIRATION, not simply providing instructions to someone and then sending them home, expecting them to come back next week.

The plan, as I tell all the current teachers, is that David’s Music House is going to be larger than they can possibly imagine and following the path and methods I have laid before you, will not only make this happen faster, but it will insure your success, both monetarily and in completely fulfilling your passion for music when you see all your students succeed and become amazing musicians and performers.

So I say, to all who come to David’s Music House and to all the future students out there… when you come to David’s Music House, as long as it has that name, you will find it to be a refuge for you, to come and enjoy, discuss, plan, learn, listen, and perform…all for the LOVE AND POWER OF MUSIC!  We are here to instruct you on how to play and instrument and to insure that the process keeps you loving the journey all along the way.

We encourage all of our parents and students to tell us if you think your student is becoming disinterested.  We are not here only to teach.  We are here to make sure you LOVE what you are learning and most importantly, WHY you are doing it.

“Thank you for finding and entrusting your musical journey to David’s Music House”? – David