Swan Song, Music Authority's final farewell to our graduating seniors, is over. Most have finished their lessons journey and are preparing to move on to the next phase of their lives. Some will be staying for the summer, some longer, but with the huge achievement of high school behind them, there was a collective sigh of relief in Forsyth and surrounding counties this weekend.
We're sending almost a dozen young musicians out into the world this year. They'll study nursing, music, business administration, photography, and computer sciences, among other things.
These graduates will join a group of alumni that still amaze us; a group of adult musicians who are making their mark on the world.
We will miss them all. (Although, truth be told, most weekends you can find many of our alumni hanging around Music Authority and Music Authority events. It warms our hearts and makes us grateful that MA has become a place that is still home to these adults after they've graduated and moved on.)
For me, this year marks the end of my private studio. Starting this fall, I will be dedicating my teaching time to the ensemble program. I graduated several this year - most of them started with me when they were in the fourth grade. It seemed like the right time. Maybe in a few years, I'll pick up a new group of fourth graders. For today, this week is a finale for me, as well.
The lessons they learned at Music Authority will stay with them forever. They learned not to be afraid to try something new. (Elizabeth, can you try to play bass in camp? We really need another bass player.) They learned that girls can rock. (Yes, you're going to have a girl drummer, her name is Kate.) They learned they can still sing after taking some time off. (Come on, Jordan, it's time to get out from behind the camera and get back on stage.)
These students learned how to work together, how to be confident, how to not give up, how to get through tough times and enjoy the good. They've created friendships that will last forever and a support network that will never let them fall.
If I have one piece of advice for them this is it: never give up. Never stop trying. Your success is just over the next hill - and when you get there don't judge your success. It's rarely what you think it will be. It is often much more.
When I graduated high school, I wanted to open a performance school. (Back then, I still wanted to teach dance, too.) I guess you can say I was successful. What I didn't count on was not just creating a school, but also on creating a family.
To our graduates this year: Jordan, Isadora, Cari, Madi, Mason, Jack, Carter, Rohan, Emory, Lindsay, Sebastian, Niki, Kate, and Elizabeth. Good luck. Goodspeed. Live long and prosper.
This week isn't goodbye. Come back soon, share a cup of coffee with us, and tell us about how you're doing. There's always an empty chair and a place on our stage for you at Music Authority.
Tim O'Donovan is a singer/songwriter with over twenty years of experience. He's played thousands of gigs, released three albums of original material, and brings a wealth of knowledge from both on stage and off to his teaching.
Sign up with Tim today by calling 770-886-9066!
May 24 -25, 2019
Clean out your closet! Bring in your old, unwanted gear and trade it for something new! We're taking trades and cleaning out the closets at Music Authority. Deals on used gear, scratch and dent, items that have been hanging around too long, and more. Mark your calendar!
Rock Camp, Jr. - Final Call!
Rock Camp, Jr.'s registration deadline is this Sunday, May 26! Instructors Jake Lanni and Lauren Isenberg have a fun summer adventure planned, don't miss out! Sign up before the clock runs out of time!
Rock Camp, Jr. 2018 - at Rock Camp, Jr., kids get to try out instruments, play games, do crafts, and make new friends. This's year's camp is sure to have a "sunny" good time with a beach/pirate theme. Sign up your 5-10 year old this week before the ship leaves port!