Music Authority Family Newsletter - November 19, 2019
Passion for the Race
We teach because we have a passion for making a positive impact in the lives of others. In teaching, we put our hearts on our sleeves and give our all to the students who pass through our doors. We stay awake at night, trying to figure out how to get a concept across. We stay late at work to talk to parents. We give up our own free time to come to the football game or school musical because our student asked us to.
We don't expect back flips. Most of the time, we don't expect thanks. We do this because we want to; because your children matter to us. We don't do this for the attention, the thanks, or for accolades.
When someone is upset by our absence policy or a decision we make, we miss the students and hope they continue to find growth in other places that are a better fit. Does it hurt? Yes. Not because of the financial loss of a paying student, but because the students truly matter to us.
I saw a post on Facebook this week reminding me of a conversation I had earlier this year with a parent, encouraging them to let her daughter switch instruments. (The young musician in question is now thriving on stage, conquering the stage fright that was once so terrifying.) I remember having the conversation, but I had no idea how long-lasting of an impact it would have on the life of the child.
The parent concluded the post with "#MusicAuthorityFamily is not just about putting the most gifted and self-motivated musicians on stage—it’s also about helping ALL of the kids find a way to express themselves through music."
I'm grateful to this parent for two reminders. First, that while we don't often get thanks, that what we do matters and is noticed. We, the teachers at Music Authority, are leaving a lasting and positive impact on the lives of our students. Students and parents do hear what we say, take it to heart, and remember those words in the time they need to hear them.
Second, thank you for the reminder that every student moves at their own speed. As a teacher, my job is to identify where your student is and to challenge them. There is no perfect cookie cutter made for everyone. Each musician progresses in a different way at a different speed. What getting better looks like to you isn't the same as it is for someone else. The important part is the journey and the challenge.
This job isn't easy, but I'm eternally grateful to be gifted the opportunity to do it. I'm thankful for the students, the parents, and the productions. I'm grateful for the laughter, the homework assignment interviews, and the tears. Each day seems to be a race - a race to the next rehearsal, the next concert, the next summer camp.
Thank you, Music Authority Family, for bringing the passion. Thank you for the love, the hope, and the cheers. Thank you for giving all of us the passion to continue the race.
Start your Thanksgiving week with a night of music in The Backroom at Music Authority!
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Does your student want to write music? Join instructor Shawn Jacoby for Songwriting Cap this summer! He'll guide the campers through writing original music - from concept to fleshing out parts, to arranging for performers. Then, at a Saturday evening concert, campers will have the opportunity to present their original compositions at a show in The Backroom.
June 22-27, 2020
Register by December 31 for a discount on your final payment.
The Music Authority Bands rocked out at Rosati's Pizza on November 16. We had a great night, hanging out with Music Authority Family, enjoying great food, and listening to music. This is Music Authority's Fearless.