Music Authority Family Newsletter - December 3, 2019
Catching Up with Christian Strandquist
Music Authority alumni Christian Strandquist stopped by over Thanksgiving weekend to say hi and catch up. I took the opportunity to ask him about school, his experience at Belmont, and the most important thing he learned while at Music Authority.
Christian, in his second year at Belmont in Nashville, Tennessee, is studying Music Business with a Production Emphasis. Looking back, he says he wishes he wold have been more relaxed his Freshman year. He missed out on a lot because he was so focused on "not failing out" that he didn't do a lot of social things that first semester.
Now that he's more settled and comfortable in his classes, he finding a balance between school work and social activities. "Networking is so important," Christian says. "You can meet anyone at Belmont."
He admits it's difficult at first to walk up to a stranger and introduce yourself. Once you realize everyone else is there for the same reason, it gets easier. "Don't think you're above anyone," he says. You never know where a new connection might take you. "A good network makes the difference in success."
When asked what his goal is for the future, Christian says he wants to have a solid network that will open up options for jobs. Rather than focus on one professional goal - say working at a publishing firm - he wants to make sure he knows people doing a lot of different jobs because you never know where you might end up.
Finally, I asked Christian what the most important thing he learned at Music Authority was. He said, "It's something Andrew used to say, be a yes man."
Whenever possible, Christian says yes to everyone. Saying yes to help his publishing professor carry books to his car earned him a mentor and a pass to the NAMM Show in Nashville. Saying yes to another student, who happened to be and older student who returned to college after spending time on the road, gave Christian the opportunity to observe that student working on his next album in the recording studio.
We're always happy to catch up with students when they're back in town from college. It sounds like Christian is making strides toward an incredible professional career. We can't wait to see what he accomplishes next!
Join us for a night of holiday tunes by local artists. Friday, December 13, 7pm. Tickets $10 and bring an item to donate to The Forsyth County Animal Shelter. Not available to come? You can still donate much needed items to the shelter by leaving them in the box at Music Authority.
Free Taylor GS Mini's???
We're clearing out older "X-Brace" models of Taylor guitars - and including a free GS Mini with your purchase! Buy an American model guitar and get a second Taylor free!
Stop by Music Authority to see available models and give them a try!
X-Brace models in stock: 516ce, 522e 12-fret, 618e, 710e, K24
Free GS Minis while supplies last.
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Spring Rock Ensemble Registration Open!
Music Authority's Spring Rock Ensemble opened for registration on December 2 with parents lining up more than an hour early to get their spot. If your child is interested in being involved in Spring Rock Ensemble, Music Authority's Rock Band Program, don't wait to sign up!