Music Authority Family Newsletter - August 13, 2019
School Year Stress, Pearl Cajons; Perfect Blend; and Bearfoot Ranch
School Year Stress
It's the start of the school year. Your daily schedule is changed, kids have to get up earlier, lunches need to get packed, and after school activities seem to move at break-neck speed. Is anyone else feeling the stress?
Music doesn't have to be stressful. As a matter of fact, music shouldn't be stressful. Too often, we take the "everything else" of life and toss it on top of whatever is happening now.
I perform every week. I have a ninety minute rehearsal every Thursday. If I don't "turn off" work when I walk into rehearsal, I don't truly get out of that rehearsal what I need. Then, when it's time to perform, I'm not truly enjoying what I love - singing - because I'm too distracted by work.
Sometimes, I need to be reminded to turn off the outside world, too.
There are over 10,000 minutes in a week. Can you take 30 of those minutes to let go of the world? Stick in your earbuds and turn on your favorite song. Try not to think about work for the entire length of the song. Difficult, isn't it?
Did you play piano as a child? Sit down, pull out an old piece of music, see how much you remember. Don't have a piano still? See if one of ours is open when your child is here for lessons. We'll let you play around for thirty minutes.
Each year, on my personal Facebook page, I write a "Back to School" post. This is mine from two years ago:
"As we all get ready to start back to school, a few thoughts...your teachers and administrators are human. Sometimes they're overwhelmed, sometimes they're tired. Some of them are dealing with life threatening illness. Some of them have children or parents who are struggling. Sometimes they'll forget something or make a mistake. They're human. And they're a human who's doing a job that's hard.
They're doing a job most of them feel is their higher calling. They love your children. Most of them will reply to emails in the middle of the night, or stay up late trying to figure out how to help your child succeed. They'll put in far more hours than any time card will show. But they're human. So give them a little leeway. Tell them you appreciate them. And try to give them the benefit of the doubt. They're human and often have inhuman things expected of them. On behalf of my teaching staff, have an incredible school year!"
What is a cajon? It's a drum used frequently in open mics and acoustic gigs.
Players will use their hands, or brushes, when playing the cajon to mimic sounds made on a traditional drum set. You'll see our Showcase Bands use cajons
Available at Music Authority.
Music Authority is excited to welcome Perfect Blend to the ensemble program! Perfect Blend is a women's acapella ensemble. We can't wait to see them perform in a concert soon!
Please follow Music Authority on Facebook; on Instagram @musicauthorityinc; and join the Music Authority Roadies Facebook group for informational articles and to keep up to date with the happenings at Music Authority.
Bearfoot Ranch Service Day
Music Authority believes in being of service to your community. We try to teach our students the importance of giving back and leaving a positive mark on the world.
As part of that philosophy, the Music Authority Roadies (our parent's organization) sponsors several service opportunities each year. The Bearfoot Ranch service day allows us to help the ranch with project, cleaning up, and other needs.
Bearfoot Ranch is a 501(c)(3) non-profit equestrian center dedicated to providing therapeutic riding lessons and other riding activities in a safe, effective and compassionate environment.
More information and a sign up sheet is available at the front desk at Music Authority.
Fall Show rehearsals started this week - here's a look back at the finale from "It's My Pirate Ship" last spring. (Minus the dialogue that happened in the middle of the song.) We had a blast at that show - how will we out-do ourselves this year?