Music Authority Family Newsletter - October 1, 2019
The Importance of a Tribe; Shop Early for the Holidays; September Student of the Month; Holiday Concert Registration
The Importance of a Tribe
Helen Keller said, "Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much."
Being an artist is hard. Whether you're a musician or a photographer, you put yourself out there every time you show your talents to the world. It can be stressful. It can be terrifying. And it can be the most fulfilling thing you'll ever do.
Performing will build self-confidence and grow self-esteem; especially when a performer has a group of their peers to cheer them on, to encourage them, and to help build a positive attitude. Teachers and adults can encourage students and affirm how well they're doing; but hearing it from their friends is more powerful.
Music is not a zero sum game. There are no winner or losers. There isn't a certain number of points that are given out at the end of the game. Everyone can win; everyone can go as far as they want if they're willing to work hard enough. Supporting your peers won't lessen your ability to succeed. Musicians who are able to be a team player will have a better chance of success than ones who aren't.
The beauty of Music Authority Family is that any young performer who wants it has a built in support team. Come play music with us; we'll follow you on social media, cheer you on when you play, and come out to your gigs when we can. Support us and we support you - be part of our tribe.
The Music Authority tribe extends past graduation. Our former students have songs with radio play. They're on national tours and playing in local churches. They're working at and pursuing jobs in other parts of the industry. These members of our tribe are still cheering for you.
Last weekend, while unloading gear to play at the Sandy Springs Heritage festival, a parent is surprised when a man she's never met before asks her if she's part of Music Authority and are Melissa and Andrew here. After a moment of being taken aback, she remembered she was wearing a Music Authority Family shirt. The man she was talking to was a member of one of the first All Star Music Authority bands - one that played at one of the the last shows to be held at Lanierland Music Park.
(You know that sign in front of Lanierland Park in the north part of the county? It used to be a music venue for bands like The Oak Ridge Boys and Loretta Lynn. They still have a Facebook page if you'd like to see what kind of music used to happen in Forsyth County.)
I learned as I went through photography school that having a group of other artists who understand what I was going through was paramount to my state of mind. The social activities and philanthropic projects the Roadies sponsor are there to help build that sense of support - to help students and families find the things they have in common and encourage the students to support each other.
Being part of a large tribe is powerful. Not only does it give a musician a built in audience, but it also gives them friends who understand their fears, they successes, and their struggles.
I'll end this article with a quote from Napoleon Hill. "It is literally true that you can succeed best and quickest by helping others to succeed."
We're glad you're part of our tribe, the Music Authority Family.
We hope you give us the opportunity to serve you this holiday season. Every purchase you make at Music Authority goes back to supporting our educational programs. When you buy a guitar from us, it helps us keep lessons costs down. When you purchase your drum set from us, you're helping us give back to your community.
Buy local! Let us help you make this holiday season special!
Roadies September Student of the Month: Brantley Jenkins
Brantley Jenkins is a guitarist turned bass player at Music Authority. He's also a certified instructor at Karate Atlanta. Brantely is in the Rock Ensemble, Unveiled.
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Holiday Concert Registration is Open!
December 7, 2019
Sign up today for Music Authority's annual holiday recital! Limited space available - registration forms are at the front desk. For more information, call 770-886-9066.
Music Authority's Eclipse and Beyond both played at the Sandy Springs Heritage Festival on September 29. Last year, Eclipse debuted their original, Bittersweet, at the festival. This year, they played another original - Leaving.