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Wednesday, April 18, 2012


A while back I posted a TED video about the art (and genius) of classical music given by Benjamin Zander.  Recently, I've had one piano student very interested in more contemporary techniques, and in particular, using the inside of the piano as well. I told him about John Cage and the performance of 4'33".

Today I came across a video performance of a piece written for prepared piano. This particular piece was not written by John Cage, but it struck me because it was fascinating to watch...both the musician and the inside of the piano. However, it is not that it was fascinating that stayed with me; it was that the piece was profoundly beautiful.  The combination of the two is inspiring to me as a musician, a teacher, and one who's listening preference is "classical" (in general, that is).

"Mount Hood" as performed by the composer on NPR

Sunday, April 1, 2012

A Growing Studio

March is now over, marking the end of 6 months since the launch of my own business. In that time, I have learned many things about entrepreneurship; the first of which is timing. Timing is crucial, and it's not something one can really control. In the past six months I grew from having a meager studio of just a few clients to a studio four times that size, to a stable number now that falls in between those two marks.

Where the notion of timing enters this development, however, is in the fact that I did absolutely nothing new in promoting my business between the time of just a few clients to a studio three times that size. That between time was just before and just after Christmas. Of course I had taken many measures previously and subsequently, and many continual measures to this day; but as far as when the growth actually occurred (and will continue to occur), that was nothing I could predict or foresee.

Entrepreneurship also requires a bit of pizzazz or zest--