It has been very popular and lots of fun for our clients and for us. It’s
a great way for them to get started making music and having fun.
One particular man called the very first time that we put the piano lesson ad in the Buffalo News. He had wanted to take piano lessons his whole life. He was very excited at the prospect of getting started. He told me about how he had been thinking about this throughout his life. He had more questions about the teaching
methods we would be using, the number of students in the class, what the room
looked like, who would be in the class, and what would take place than any other
person who called about these classes.
Cheerfully, I explained in full detail what he could expect, the teacher’s background, the store history, and any other concerns he mentioned. He was very interested but wanted to think about it.
He did not sign up for our first session. I kept him on the list to call for the second session. When the time came to form our second level one class, I called him and asked whether he was ready to get started. He had more questions, even came in and looked at the book, the room, and we talked extensively about how the class works.
Still, he wanted to mull it over.
class. There was a recording at his office, “due to the unexpected death of Dr____, Dr ____ will be taking his patients.”
experiences? I am convinced that there is a genetic component, but also a learned behavior component of the
decision making process in approaching new experiences.
Growing up I watched my parents’ approach to seeing a new experience that interested them, the time it took to investigate and see whether they were truly interested, and actually doing said
activity. Here is the process that I saw them use, and have emulated:
interested in trying.
2)Learn a little more about what is involved.
3)Can I afford it? (No? Can I realistically save up for it? )
4) Am I physically capable of doing it? (No? Can I make myself
physically capable of doing it through training or over time?)
5)Can I fit this in to my schedule? (No? Can I adapt my schedule
to make this possible?)
6) All of the above are met? Im doing it. Im not thinking about it or talking about it.
Ive probably done it and moved on to something else while others are standing around and doing more research.
Learned to play tennis
Got my motorcycle license
Went tubing in my pajamas ( I just threw that in there for fun,
but yes I really did it.)
Ran wine tours
Learned to ski
Learned to ride a horse
Learned photography and had photos in prestigious exhibitions
Learned the martial art Krav Maga
Learned to ice skate
Learned to roller skate
Played roller derby
Did the Ride for Roswell
Attempted guitar (Fail. But at least I tried!)
Played bongos (Love!)
Tried yoga (hated it)
Learned country line dancing (fun!)
Tried every ethnicity’s cuisine that I had the opportunity to try
Learned how to fundraise and set fundraising records for two organizations
Built websites (I had no idea what I was doing. I figured it out as I did it. Literally.)
Set up 10 Facebook pages for various businesses, including ours
Started a blog
Wrote for magazines and newspapers
Successfully hosted functions I had no experience, and probably no business hosting
Learned public speaking
Tried my hand at bartending
Changed my hair color at least five times
Helped quite a few musicians get their “first breaks.”
Learned to tapdance (LOOOOOOOOVVVVEEE!!!)
do it, you find someone who does. If I had grown up learning to mull things over ad nauseum, I would have missed out on a lot!
outdated model of our business. He also finds a way of making the most mundane experience fun, but that’s another story for another day.
Both of my parents are always ready to learn something new. Today. That was what I learned growing up and my life is so much richer for it.