WHAT IS OUR METHOD?
"Children have never been very good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them." James A. Baldwin
Learning to master any instrument is fun, time-consuming, exciting, tiring, empowering, mind-draining, ego-boosting, relaxing…the list goes on. It also requires discipline, desire, inspiration, self-motivation, a good work ethic, patience, passion…once again, the list goes on and on. Doesn’t this sound a lot like the attitude required from an athlete? I remember playing sports when I was younger. I also remember doing just about anything for my coach. My coach would lay into me when I needed it. He would encourage me, and show me a better and more efficient way to do something. That is how we teach our students.
We take a coaching approach. Our motto is "Leadership By Example". We are not going to ask our students to do something that we haven't done first to make sure that it works. When our students succeed, we succeed.
That is why here at JB's Music School, ALL of our teachers take lessons. We believe that learning is a lifelong process, and the more we learn, the more information we can pass along to our students. It also helps us to stay excited about our instruments. The better we get, the more energy we have to pass along.
So exactly how do I accomplish this? By being each student’s personal trainer and tailoring their workouts to their specific needs from the warm-up to the music. Most importantly, lessons are PUMPED with energy and athletic thinking. For example, just as athletes have to warm-up by stretching their muscles to avoid injury, musicians must warm-up for the same reason, but what are we stretching? During the warm-up I teach my students to stretch their range, flexibility and volume by controlling their air and allowing creative flow.
What is the driving force behind the world’s most successful sports champions? Here is my short list: high inspiration levels, solid belief in themselves, positive attitudes, confidence, commitment and most importantly, fanaticism. Now…apply that to a music student. The possibilities are endless. We teach our students to love playing their instruments.
Music is supposed to be fun. We show our students that we play our instruments, we don't work them.