Music Authority Family Newsletter - August 27, 2019
Off to College; Guitar Repair; Hotel Shampoo?; Big Hair at the Fair
Last summer, on the second day of Rock Camp, Jr., a parent stopped in to see me before camp. From the conversation we had that morning, I learned camp was something of a last ditch effort to engage her son who'd been struggling with guitar. He'd done a Spring Show, but that had been a tough experience. He wasn't connecting with his instrument, not practicing, and just wasn't thriving like his older brother was. He was struggling, not just with guitar, but with other things as well.
At the end of the first day of camp, he comes home talking more than he had in a very long time. He was excited, enjoyed his instructor, his song, and his band. He practiced. The next morning, he was ready to go - he didn't drag his feet, he wanted to get to camp.
Some days, we're just here doing our jobs. We forget that each word, each smile, each cheer could be the encouragement a student needs. Every interaction hands a student a seed - the seeds of confidence, encouragement, joy, fulfillment, hope.
As we continue our work, giving these young musicians new seeds each week, we water and feed the seeds we've already started.
And then, one day, we have a miracles. We see kids who, barely a few years ago, had parents worried they may never see their child survive high school. We see once young and shy musicians teaching others. We see smiles from a once terrified singer. We see kids with confidence, humility, integrity, and kindness.
We see the seeds that were planted so long ago starting to bloom.
We watched our 2019 graduates head off to college this week. Samyu, Isadora, and Elizabeth to KSU. Niki and Sebastian to Lanier Tech. Rohan to Georgia State. Jordan to Vancouver. There are more. They've all taken things they've learned here and applied themselves in ways we might not have imagined.
One student, who struggles with anxiety, found the courage to move several states away to attend the "right college" for her.
If your child is struggling, let us know. Maybe we can work outside of the box; find a new solution; find new inspiration. That's what we're here for. Even if your student never pursues a career in music, they'll be able to take the confidence, self-esteem, and determination they learn here to apply elsewhere.
Stick around for the miracles at Music Authority. Keep your eyes open, watch, and experience the joy and community we've built. You never know when you might be a part of miracle.
How's your guitar playing? Did you know that a guitar needs regular check ups? Just like getting your oil changed on your car, a guitar needs regular service to extend it's life and to play properly.
Drop yours off at Music Authority today. We offer set ups; restrings; neck re-fret; and other services - all done on site.
Hotel Shampoo Bottles?
Do you have a collection of shampoo, soap, lotion, and conditioner from hotel visits? Keep them for us!
Starting in October, we'll be collecting for our Any Soldier project - an initiative in which we send care packages to Georgia military stationed over seas. Small bottles are a welcome addition to the packages.
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Big Hair at the Fair
Join Music Authority bands Eclipse and Beyond on Saturday, September 7, for Big Hair at the Fair! Help support local music by coming out, enjoying a great show, and cheering on Music Authority bands and more.
September 7, 2019
Starting at 11am