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Music From the Heart

Monday, January 9, 2023 by William Suit | Uncategorized

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Playing an instrument comes easy for some people.  There are those who seem to have natural talent and can artistically express themselves with little effort. Others struggle and sometimes find it difficult to tap into the emotion of their music.  They may be technically superior at the piano, guitar, singing, etc., but a less-perfected performer may draw deeper feelings from a song.

Studying music is good for your brain among other things. If you struggle with finding the emotion, the benefit of studying is not diminished.  So, don't feel that you've wasted your time or tuition on your studies.

That aside, at Pedal Point Music we strive to get to the heart of the music.  Performing or composing is an art form.  It's an expression of one's self or experiences.  So, it's not about the quantity of songs in your repertoire or even the quality - even though you want to have a good  song list and perform those songs well. It is about expressing yourself!  It is about finding the "heart" of your music.

So as the new year begins and you continue toward your goals, go for the heart! 

After all, music is the constant voice beneath the progressions of life.

Will

Welcome Back!

Monday, January 2, 2023 by William Suit | Uncategorized

Welcome to 2023 and to a new year of music studies!  

As a new year unfolds, I hope you've made some new year resolutions that include your goals for studying music.  Our mantra is, "Music is the constant voice beneath the progressions of life."  That's what the name, "Pedal Point" is all about. So many things change around rapidly, it's important to have a constant.  Music is that constant for me.  

There are some new students around and I want to say welcome to you!  People are attracted to our school because of many things, but a big thing is the cozy, warm environment in which we have our school.  It's an escape form the busyness that surrounds us.  

We are just a few weeks away from some wonderful events in March.  So, get ready to soar with THE FLIGHT OF THE OWLS by clarifying and updating your goals for this year.  Let's move ahead with enthusiasm and determination!

Welcome back!

Will

Saying “Goodbye!” To 2022

Saturday, December 31, 2022 by William Suit | Uncategorized

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Now we move toward 2023 with hope that things will at least gain a sense of normal. Over the last few months I’ve spent some time brainstorming how that might look at Pedal Point Music.  

One thing we have in our favor is the eager adventuresome spirit of our students.  Given the opportunity and the right guidance, there’s no end to what they accomplish at the keyboard, the fretboard and with their vocal bands.  

I am not old, but I’m certainly not a novice in this work.  I’m looking around me professionally right now at the changing faces of music study.  It’s with sadness that I watch an era pass.  As instructors age and pass, a new era has begun.

Lots of people are worried about the younger people taking on the task of adulthood.  I’ll admit I have had and continue to have my own concerns about that.

Yet, recently I’ve challenged myself as well as my peers about the young adults taking on responsibility.  Do many of them have unrealistic views on the amount of responsibility and compensation that should be entrusted to them? Do they have a dangerously dismissive attitude toward my generation and those that came before?  Perhaps.

However, I recall having similar ambition in my youth and a fiery eager spirit to take on roles of leadership and responsibility beyond my years. I too pushed against the expected and the norms of my time in favor of bringing a new sound and a fresh perspective to the room.

God help us if youth stop dreaming and pushing toward a better future, a better way of doing things.  It is our role to guide them and most of all encourage them toward their ambitious goals. They don’t always see it that way, but that it is the way of time.  That is the path to the future.

So as 2023 dawns and we begin a new year of study, my goal is to blaze a path forward for young students, ambitious instructors and hopeful parents.  There’s a lot of adventure that awaits us all.  

Lest we forget, music is the constant voice beneath the progressions of life.

Goodbye 2022!  Hello 2023!

Will