A Vision is Sparked
This is Part 2 of our Arts & Minds Academy "origins story". If you haven't read Part 1 we recommend starting there!
OK now that's out of the way, let the story continue!
Once I graduated college, I moved to Arlington and got involved in a local church. I got plugged into a young adult community there -- about 20-30 twenty-somethings who became something like a second family to me. Anyway, this community had a band that needed a keyboardist and once people found out I could play, they asked me to jump in.
I had never played in a band before, so it was a bit of a leap of faith. But I really liked this group of people, and I liked the music they were playing, so I decided to give it a shot. It ended up being one of the best decisions I ever made. For starters, after practicing and playing together week-in and week-out for years, I ended up making lifelong friends. But maybe even more importantly, I ended up falling in love with the piano.
When I thought of practicing or playing, it wasn't a burden or a chore anymore but something that got me excited. I was listening to music and always thinking about how I could incorporate new techniques or sounds into my repertoire. I constantly thought about piano, and I would spend hours practicing. Talk about a 180-degree turn!
That experience sparked a vision. And as I started teaching piano to little kids, that vision became more and more validated. It’s simple really: Playing music we love listening to makes learning our instrument a joy – not a chore. But even more importantly, when you play together with other musicians, something magical happens – the whole becomes far, far greater than the sum of its parts. And THAT’S where you catch this fever that becomes insatiable.
When those two things come together, and you "catch the bug", it propels a lifetime obsession with music. This realization prompted us to create a new kind of music school that helps our students "catch the bug".