Most of you know – but maybe some of you don’t – that I’m a piano and voice teacher, who also loves to write. I’ve been teaching professionally in my home since 1995. It is what I LOVE to do – invest in students and help develop a love of music in each one.
I’m so happy to finally be able to offer the lessons that I teach in my home to those of you out there who are interested in lessons ONLINE. I now have a website designed for just that purpose. I hope you will hop over there to see my new site and watch a short video of introduction of yours truly and tell me what you think!
It was hilarious making not one but FOUR videos to include with a sign-up from the first page. Greg had these BRIGHT lights pointed right at me and I had trouble seeing – let alone speaking correctly – so they are quite funny for me to watch back and remember what fun we had that day – with a whiny puppy in tow! If you sign up on the first page you will be directed to my other videos – and it’s free to do so, all you need is your email to do so. Some of the pictures and videos are not up yet – but most things are there for you to get an idea about what I do. I have room for some new online students in my schedule especially in the summer and so if you know of anyone who is an area without a teacher – direct them to my site and I will see if I can help them.
Cindy’s Music Studio
Thanks so much for taking a look! Have an awesome day!
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This month marks the 30th anniversary of the last time I was single and living at home. I went right from my parent’s home at 20 years of age to another way of life – without ever have lived on my own.
And although it worked out for me – I also see great benefits to living on your own before being married.
Both of my children have had opportunities to live on their own after finishing high school. And although this can be hard, financially – I believe the lessons learned while living on your own are very valuable. Some things just can’t be taught while living at home.
With our daughter – she was so determined that she would make it – and it took two jobs for her to do so – she’s been very proud of herself that she was completely self sufficient by the time she was 20 years old. She learned a lot of about room-mates and finances that she’s never forgotten – and when it came time for her to get married – she was already very disciplined with money and her work ethic. She’s one of the hardest working young women I know.
Shawn, who will be 20 in October – has moved to California to pursue a music education and hopefully a career with his music training. He lives with room-mates in Burbank and has struggled to maintain his rent with only a part-time job. We are grateful he got a job, when so few are available. And we’re also thankful that his loan money will cover his tuition AND his housing this fall. But it’s still tough to make the rent and pay for things like food – until then.
Experiences like this are so valuable. And he will look back on these times as “the good old days” before real bills, a wife and children to support. All of this – priceless in the big scheme of things to come.
As I chatted on the phone with him last night – I reminded him that this too shall pass – and his present circumstance is what great songs and writings are made of 🙂 Maybe not while he’s struggling – but sometime after as he looks back…
Living “in the moment” – trying to be present – even during hard times of struggle. Being available in the mind. On purpose and on task. Learning to get by on very little – to be engaged and still positive about life. This is what living “in the moment” is all about.
Are you alway “in the moment”? Does your mind wander to “better times” either in the past – or somewhere in the future? Can you be content and very present? Now – today? Especially when things are not ideal? And you may be struggling? Can you find the priceless of the here and now? Knowing this moment will pass you by – and be no more?
Did you live on your own before you were married? What did you do without during those years? What’s your story?
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This should be on my music blog – but because it is something that I have been thinking about for a while now – music being a HUGE part of my daily life – I thought I would write on this subject and make it a part of my regular blog site today.
Music does so much more than just teach another language and skill – or help you focus in another part of the brain – Music actually makes you feel happy.
As a music performer and instructor for most of my life – I can say that those of us in the music profession – actually feel joy in a real way that comes from our pores. On more than several occasions I have seen it visibly lift the spirits of depression and sadness. Even those not thrilled about practicing the piano – will actually feel better after they do. Those experiencing sadness, even grief – will feel better after singing for 30 minutes.
Yesterday I had the privilege of singing with a couple of young teenage girls – singing their hearts out to Rascal Flatts and other artists they were familiar with. It was great to see them come out of their shells and enjoy the moment – releasing the endorphins while singing – making them feel joy and happiness and a sense of well-being. All three of us sang at the top of our lungs – and it felt good.
Now sometimes – music doesn’t bring a smile. When it is forced. When it is not rehearsed enough. And sadly – when the student or artist does not know the difference.
I am a firm believer in the fact that when you rehearse something in haste – often times it can be learned wrong. The brain cannot make a quick adjustment when corrected. I have seen this many times in a student who learns a passage of music wrong – and then does not have the “ear” to be able to tell that it is wrong. They rehearse it wrong all week – and then when being corrected for that “wrong” part – cannot make the shift in their brain. It is almost too late for them. Better to have learned it right – and have it take longer to learn – then to learn it wrong in the first place. This takes patience, knowledge and an “ear” to tell if it’s wrong.
The reward for learning it correctly is in the happiness it brings – to both yourself and to others listening.
Music is not just learned and played correctly – but it is also felt. Anyone can learn it – not everyone can feel it. Ever heard a bad musician? Then you know what I mean. Ever hear a really good artist that feels what they play and sing? Then you also know what I mean.
I want my students to both learn it correctly – and to feel it. In this way – music can be learned and enjoyed – and truly bring a smile.
We all make music. Whether we are musicians or not. What do you do with the music of your life? Do you go through the motions – like some of my piano students – learning things wrong with daily reinforcement? Or do you have an “ear” to tell the difference? Do you feel the music and rhythm of your life and as you do – does your life bring a smile of joy to others?
May your music be pleasant to others today – bringing peace and joy to whoever it touches. Amen.
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You will notice that with any tune associated with forbidden or unrequited love – there is an underlying sadness and pain that is tangible in the melody line. Song writers seem to use a minor key to convey the melancholy feeling that they are feeling. I have written songs that are like this about something poignant and cannot be described in any other way – a sweet and sad melody.
In Mr. Holland’s Opus – the lead character, a high school music teacher finds himself drawn to a high school student who clearly has a crush on him. It is during a time in his life – mid-life, where he is caught in the every day monotony of his life – with no challenge and no meaning – until this young girl walks into his music theater program. She auditions and has the most incredible singing voice and is cast in Mr. Holland’s musical about George and Ira Gershwin. Her name is Rowena. It is during rehearsals that he finds himself fascinated by her – and her to him. She hears him playing this song on the piano and she begins humming a haunting melody line while he is playing. It moves him and he goes home and entitles his piece, “Rowena’s Song”.
No – Mr. Holland does not cheat on his wife. He is clearly flattered by her attention and admiration – but in the end, though tempted – he turns her away and goes home to his wife. This is the remarkable part of the story. The sadness and the joy. The strength of character and the amazing love for his wife that is greater than any temptation. In this song – you can hear the sadness and the resolve. My favorite part of the movie. I hope you will be inspired and moved by its lovely melody. And I highly recommend the movie “Mr. Holland’s Opus” if you have never seen it.
Now Enjoy – “Rowena’s Song”
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I just had to ‘borrow’ this list after seeing it today. I think it works for everyone – and not just kids.
11 THINGS YOU DIDN’T LEARN IN SCHOOL
from Dumbing Down Our Kids by Charles Sykes
Life is not fair – get used to it.
The world won’t care about your self-esteem. The world will expect you to accomplish something BEFORE you feel good about yourself.
You will NOT make $40,000 a year right out of high school. You won’t be a vice-president with a car phone, until you earn both.
If you think your teacher is tough, wait till you get a boss. He doesn’t have tenure.
Flipping burgers is not beneath your dignity. Your grandparents had a different word for burger flipping – they called it Opportunity.
If you mess up, it’s not your parents’ fault, so don’t whine about your mistakes, learn from them.
Before you were born, your parents weren’t as boring as they are now. They got that way from paying your bills, cleaning your clothes and listening to you talk about how cool you are. So, before you save the rain forest from the parasites of your parent’s generation, try delousing the closet in your own room.
Your school may have done away with winners and losers, but life has not. In some schools they have abolished failing grades and they’ll give you as many times as you want to get the right answer. This doesn’t bear the slightest resemblance to ANYTHING in real life.
Life is not divided into semesters. You don’t get summers off and very few employers are interested in helping you find yourself. Do that on your own time.
Television is NOT real life. In real life people actually have to leave the coffee shop and go to jobs.
Be nice to nerds. Chances are you’ll end up working for one.