Music Authority Family Newsletter - October 31, 2023
A Day in the Life
Owning a small business isn't easy. Right now, it's six in the morning on a Saturday. I'm sitting at my kitchen table working on this newsletter while the dogs nap on the sofa. Speaking of small businesses, I'm drinking tea from Dahlonega's My Vintage Gypsy Tea. If you like tea, it's an amazing tea and new age shop you should check out. Their teas are the best around. I'm drinking Welcome Home this morning. Black tea with Rose and Vanilla.
But back to Music Authority. Today there's a recital, so the work day won't end until after seven. It's a long day, but fulfilling. I love recital days. Watching students succeed in their performances is a highlight for me; many of them are nervous. They overcome stage fright, build self-confidence, and learn how to be comfortable in front of people. These skills will help with school presentations, job interviews, and any times the student needs to be in front of a crowd.
I also love seeing how much out students grow. I'm thinking of one bass player that has come through our program. He went from unsure of himself to being a leader. Once soft spoken, now he's thoughtful and contributes. The level of music he plays has gotten more difficult and instead of keeping himself apart from the group, he seems to have found a group of musical friends he enjoys being with every week. He's funny and has come out of his shell so much in the last few years. This is what we get to watch when we work with the students at Music Authority.
Do I know all 600 of you personally? I don't. I wish I did. But, between myself, Natalie, and the rest of our front desk staff, I think we do. Rarely does a name pop up that one of us doesn't know. It's the best part of our jobs - getting to know you.
I also love the service part of what we do - the community service. Last month, we helped another small business, Brecht Stables, clean up after July's storms. Our students showed up with their families to move debris and put up fences that had been knocked down. We learned about the Stables and Dustin and put in a good afternoon of work. Next month, we'll be collecting non-perishable food items for The Place and needed household items for Bald Ridge Lodge. Watching a group of people like the Music Authority Family come together to make a difference in our community makes the tough times worth while.
And, yes, there are tough times. Days when I'm not 100% sure I'll get all the bills paid. Days when a customers decides to unload their frustrations in an unkind manner. Days when there are tears instead of triumph. But it's worth it. The successes, both small and big, outweigh the rough spots.
We couldn't do this without you. Thank you for trusting our teachers and our staff. Thank you for buying that guitar from us, each purchase helps us keep making a difference in the lives of our students. Thank you for signing up for recitals and shows, each student success gives us energy to keep going. Thank you for being part of our band program, you push us all to work harder and be better.
And thank you for holding us accountable. I had a student this week come to talk to me about what he needs in his educational program. He outlined the things he wanted to learn that weren't being taught. His teachers are now making adjustments to meet his needs. Communication is so important.
So, as you move into this holiday season, please think of us. Please give us the opportunity to sell you that guitar, amplifier, drum set, or effects pedal. We need your purchase so we can continue doing what we love. Myself, Andrew, Natalie, Lynne, Sam, Savannah, Antonio, and Evin look forward to helping you meet your musical needs.
Music Authority's Fall Show: From New York to L.A.
Friday, November 10
At Cornerstone School
Travel the United States with us as we sing our way from Santa Monica to The Wrong Side of Memphis. Featuring the students, staff, and instructors at Music Authority. Tickets $15 in advance or at the door. At the door, cash only please.
Think Ahead for Stocking Stuffers!
That time of year is on it's way. Whether you celebrate Hanukkah or Christmas, gift giving season is around the corner. Please consider shopping locally with Music Authority as you're looking for the perfect present.
The Music Authority Roadies
The Roadies are a group of parents and adult students at Music Authority. They meet the second Tuesday of every month at 6pm in The Backroom at Music Authority. You can think of the Roadies as Music Authority's PTO. They sponsor special events, service projects, and work hard to make sure our teachers feel appreciated. We welcome any Music Authority parent to come to our next meeting!
Our next Roadies meeting will be on October 10 at 6pm in The Backroom. We'd love for you to join us!
Drum instructor Bret Dorton has released the dates for his summer drum camp! Sign up before the end of the year for a discount on your final payment! For more information on Drum Camp, Rock Camp, or our other summer camps, stop by the front desk at Music Authority.