What does inspiration really mean?


INSPIRE
–verb (used without object) 12. to give inspiration.  13. to inhale.

“The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.” – William Ward

The first time I ever heard of the color, the enticing and spicy word “magenta”, it fell from the ruby lips of my second grade teacher, Phyllis Madrid, in 1965, during a lesson about art and color. In a world of Smith’s and Jones’ , even her name was mysterious and enchanting. She was the embodiment of nothing a small town child had ever seen before. Maybe it was the long red fingernails, maybe the way she carried herself with loving authority, maybe because every word she spoke was like a kaleidoscope of ideas and wonder. In a time when many women educators were unmarried (desirable in those days), dressed conservatively, and lived in a teacherage on campus, Mrs Madrid dressed like a multicolored flag, was married to the Great Bollo, a world wide wrestling champion and lived in a near by county.  Needless to say, I was enamored.

In a curriculum where the closest a student came to actual art was coloring or painting with fingerpaints, Mrs Madrid introduced paper mache. She  guided her seven year olds deftly through the process of dipping paper strips in paste and water to cover a packed newspaper and masking tape frame. Our objective was to create animals. I made an elephant. A magenta one. With gold trim. Mrs. Madrid had rubbed off- she had, through her mere presence and guidance to discover all that was in a seven year old’s imagination, inspired me.

My life became evenly divided. Before the Madrid and After the Madrid. She birthed a defining moment in my development without probably ever knowing it. The spring concert featured the entire second grade singing songs from The Sound Of Music. We stood on bleachers in the high school gymnasium and as i sang “climb every mountain, ford every stream, follow every rainbow- til you find your dream”, i was inexorably changed. I discovered my innate calling,music, and the sublime state of inspiration.

Inspiration, as the wisened Dr Wayne Dyer describes it, is to be In Spirit. It is to be so closely linked with Spirit and Source, you forget anything except what is happening at that very moment. We have all had it at one time. Writing a song. Intensely finishing a piece of music. Laying down the perfect vocal track. Watching fans sing along to an original tune. That happiness, that innate, heady joy of being one with your creation is being In Spirit.

Sometimes along our path to be successful, we forget about all the happenings that brought us to music. We forget about the first time we were enamored, mesmerized, inspired by a performer or teacher the feel of strings under our fingers or the sound of our own authentic voice lifted up in song. Rediscover your birth of inspiration today. And be a good teacher. Share it with another who may be struggling or stymied in their musical efforts. Embody inspiration and pass it on.

The Madrid would thank you.

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Instructor Jeff was influened by Miles Davis


Q and A with new instructor Jeff!

 

Q&A with our new instructor Jeff
I’m Jeff and I play trumpet, Piano/Keyboard, teach Composition, Music Tech, and Theory. I’ve been teaching for a little over 7 years.
When did you know you wanted to play ? The first time I heard Miles Davis. The tune was ‘My Funny Valentine’ – a live take from the album Jazz At The Plaza. Miles’ solo on it impacted me in such a way that I knew I had to be a musician. The all star band including Bill Evans, John Coltrane, Cannonball, Paul Chambers, and Jimmy Cob left a real mark.
Music projects you’re working on? Featured as a Trumpet player on numerous albums. But my work is featured in a vast array of film and media work. My latest project was writing the score for the original film Discretion by director Cody McAvey. Currently in festivals nationwide. As well as additional ghost writing.
What’s your best practice advice? Take your time. Rushing won’t get you to where you want to go any quicker.
What are you listening to right now? Snarky Puppy – Family Dinner Volume 2. A great band really creating a new sound in Jazz collaborating with some amazing, more mainstream musicians like Laura Mvula, Nigel Hall, Lalah Hatheway, among others.

Meet Nashville instructor, Wilson


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Wilson is a guitar, banjo, ukulele, and bass teacher, and offers guitar lessons, banjo lessons, ukulele lessons, and bass lessons in Nashville TN, and Hendersonville TN

Wilson received a Bachelor of Music from the University of Colorado at Boulder, CO in 2010. He began playing and studying the guitar at the age of ten, and while still in middle school, he began playing in bands and jazz ensembles that continued through high school. At the age of eighteen, he picked up the banjo and studied with a world renowned banjoist for six years. After graduating from the university, Wilson co-founded a band and toured nationally, while releasing an EP and LP over a five year period. In 2015 he launched his solo project and toured nationally. Wilson began teaching in 2009, and along with teaching, he continues to perform locally at weddings and corporate events, among other venues. His styles he offers are jazz, classical, bluegrass, rock, funk, ska, reggae, and Americana.

Personality rating: easygoing

 

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Our instructor Concetta is a teacher and performer in NYC


Concetta
Concetta graduated from Smith College in Northampton, Ma, with a Bachelor’s in Art for Music/Anthropology in 2009. Concetta is a classically trained violinist/violist since the age of 4, and has also studied guitar, mandolin, piano and vocals. Concetta’s mother is a public school orchestra director, and her father owns a musical instrument repair business, so she grew up exposed to music education and performing, and she has toured in 2005 with many orchestras and symphonies. Concetta has been teaching since 2005, and her styles include classical/baroque, Latin, jazz, improv, and folk.Personality rating: Outgoing

Try a Skype lesson free!


Can’t find an instructor in your city? Well now you don’t have to. Melody Music Studios now offers on line/skype lessons from our staff of advanced level instructors nationwide, so you can choose the right one for you. This is not a video, but a live lesson with an instructor of your choice. And best of all, it’s in the comfort of your own home at affordable rates (and with gas prices, that’s a great savings).

All you need for on line lessons is a computer, web cam, internet, and the free Skype or other on line programs! It’s so easy!

We’re offering a FREE 30 minute trial lesson plus a week trial period to cancel if you’re not happy. So you have nothing to lose! Simply enter SK30F on the form for the promo code field, and you’ll receive the first 30 minutes free.

Amanda is currently a singer and composer for the praise and worship music at her church and performs locally for special events. Take lessons with Amanda!


Amanda

Amanda is a singing teacher, voice teacher, and piano teacher, and offers lessons in Franklin LA, Houma LA, and Lafayette LA

Amanda graduated from Louisiana State University with a Bachelor in Music in 1999, than continued there to receive a Masters in Music in 2003. She grew up in a musical family, and began studying piano as a child under her mother who is a music teacher. Amanda has played piano since the early 1980’s, and guitar since the last 1990’s. Amanda is currently a singer and composer for the praise and worship music at her church and performs locally for special events. Amanda has been teaching since 1999 privately, including coaching musicians for auditions and a musical career, as well as at a university. Her styles include classical/opera, Broadway, country, gospel Contemporary Christian, and sacred. Amanda believes in a healthy vocal production, good dictation, lyrical interpretation, and performance techniques.Personality rating: easygoing

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