Music Authority Family Newsletter - September 17, 2019
Staying Organized; Hiring; Ukuleles for Cumming Elementary; Introducing Brooke Sutton; and Acoustic Gigs
I've been re-organizing the filing at Music Authority. It's a daunting task; we've been open since 2002 and I have storage boxes with files going back that far. I have printouts of every month of lessons since the beginning. If you took lessons at Music Authority in 2004, I still have a paper record of it.
All those records take up space. A lot of space. If any of you have been in the repair shop lately, half of that space nightmare is thanks to the boxes upon boxes of old records. (We also have every paper invoice we've ever gotten - including the very first shipment ever to Music Authority of sixteen Martin Guitars.)
While trudging through the time capsule of old paperwork has been interesting, fun, and brought back some great memories, it's a lot of space and a lot of paperwork to go through in the event someone needs an old record. Scanning to PDF format and saving on an external hard drive, which time consuming, is gratifying. Every trip we make to the recycle bin out back feels like an accomplishment.
Staying organized while taking lessons is just as important, and fulfilling, as me cleaning out old files. How do you keep yourself and your student on track?
Do you put a practice chart on the refrigerator? This works for many young students. Stickers or check marks on the days they practice can be added up for prizes later. After thirty days of practice, we'll go to Brusters for ice cream.
Maybe keeping a daily to do list works better for me. (That's my preferred method of staying on track.) Add 30 minutes of practicing piano to your daily to do.
Or set an alarm on your phone. Every day at at 4:30, we're going to practice guitar. When the alarm goes off, stop what you're doing and pick up the guitar.
We all have a method of organization that works for us. Find out what works for your child and utilize it. Often, the reason for dropping lessons isn't truly boredom or lack of interest. It's often due to lack of progress; progress needs practice time.
Better organizing your practice time will help develop a regular schedule that will help develop skills, engage interest, improve playing, and keep you invested for the long run.
Have you been in the drum room lately? We have a lot of new and exciting gear - in time for you to layaway for the holidays! Shop early. We'll even hold the gear for you until as late as Christmas Eve.
Buy your student a new drum set today!
Hiring! Music Authority is looking for a third administrator to add to our team. Must be available Saturday. Will be handling lessons accounts, recital and concert production, front of house duties for Backroom performances, and ringing out customers at the cash register. 8 hours/week to start with possibility of growth. Bring a resume to Natalie at Music Authority for more information.
Ukuleles for Cumming Elementary
A big thank you to everyone who contributed to help them Music Authority Roadies provide six new ukuleles to Mr. Campbell's music class at Cumming Elementary.
Carol Warren, the Roadies President, and Melissa Loggins delivered the ukuleles on Friday, September 13.
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.
Introducing Brooke Sutton
Brooke has been playing the piano and singing for as long as she can remember. Her love for music was sparked when her granny taught her how to play her very first hymn!
Her first piano lesson was when she was just five years old. She was taking piano lessons from local teachers who taught out of their homes. She mainly learned technique and hymns, but later on, she starting incorporating jazz and classical into her playing as well. Her first voice lesson was in 2012 when she first attended the Alabama School of Gospel Music. This two-week gospel music school, along with the North Georgia School of Gospel Music and the Stamps-Baxter School of Gospel Music, have provided Brooke with most of the experience that she has in music.
Call the front desk to sign up for piano lessons with Brooke today!
There have been a lot of acoustic performance opportunities lately at Music Authority! From Rosati's Open Mic to Acoustic Nights in The Backroom; Moonshine Festival and El Rio gigs. This is the show that kicked it off - Rock Camp July 2019. Brynn Hall, Savannah Hughes, and Jackson Warren.