Building Bridges Through Music Education
When it comes down to it, our goal is simply to get more people playing instruments. More people playing instruments means more intelligent people. It means more driven people. It means more competitive people.
It pushes us into situations that make us persevere, cry, remember and laugh. It also helps us meet and connect with people across a wide range of backgrounds. It's personal, yet collaborative, and can change the world.
What Do We Do?
In general, we teach a different brand of music education. We give music lessons, teach workshops and write PDF guides designed to teach people the skills they need to practice to have the best experience possible on their instruments.
We assume everyone has the same basic music goal in mind: to be considered decent on their instrument. So, we teach people the things they have to know and practice to get there as efficiently as possible.
The thing is, you can get pretty far on an instrument by knowing only a few basic things, provided you've practiced them so you know them like the back of your hand. In our experience, people who gain a certain proficiency more quickly are better equipped to learn harder music theory principles and more advanced concepts. That makes it more intuitive to learn — and also easier to teach.
Our basic teaching process is a continuous four-point cycle. First, we assess people's current abilities and knowledge. Next, we help them understand new concepts by extending something they already know to connect it to what we're trying to teach them. Then we train them to use the new knowledge. The last point of the process is coaching, which really never ends itself, but involves providing constructive criticism and encouragement, while also pushing personal accountability.
From there, we reassess and start a new, most likely overlapping cycle — assess, extend, train and coach. The end goal? For the student to apply that construct to their own learning, and eventually, use it to connect with the next generation of players.