Musician Business

THE PLACE OF EXPECTATION

THE PLACE OF EXPECTATION

It’s interesting to see the role of expectation and the breach expectation in the experience of music. There is this way in which an audience will expect a degree of musicianship or style or outcome from a musician and a way in which the musician can play to this or...

THE MUSICIAN AND THE GARDENER

THE MUSICIAN AND THE GARDENER

A garden is a place where we take what is wild and free and plant it within a confine, space or limitation. A plant or tree that would otherwise fight for survival in a wild setting is now growing with aid and support of the gardener. The gardener nourishes, protects,...

ON BEING A MUSICIAN

ON BEING A MUSICIAN

Being a musician is no simple thing. It’s one of those titles that isn’t exactly clear when one becomes or is made into a musician but we do certainly when someone is one. It’s also confused when it comes to who is doing the labeling. Perhaps to some we are a...

MUSIC FOR ITS OWN SAKE

MUSIC FOR ITS OWN SAKE

I remember studying the idea of “art for art’s sake” at university. It’s the idea that art has an inherent value independent of its subject-matter. It’s really interesting to think about music in this way. Is there a use for music other than its outcomes? Is it worth...

ARE YOU MUSICAL?

ARE YOU MUSICAL?

When I speak with those around me there seems to be this understanding that one “is musical” or one is “not musical”, as though there is an innate difference between one to another as it relates to something we all have access to.  I think what someone means when they...

MUSIC IS NOT JUST FOR THE STAGE

MUSIC IS NOT JUST FOR THE STAGE

There is a sense from many that music must be performative. It must be on a stage or recorded and broadcast somewhere. The idea being that music requires an audience, or at least an ear to hear to confirm it happened. Like the old adage “If a tree falls in a forest...

MUSIC IS ESSENTIAL

MUSIC IS ESSENTIAL

Music is more than just something we listen to. It plays a special and essential role in many of our lives. Think of a film or show running without music. Think of an advertisement or a sports event or a concert (of any discipline) or a meet-and-greet or a restaurant...

MUSIC DOES NOT NEED A STAGE

MUSIC DOES NOT NEED A STAGE

MUSIC DOES NOT NEED A STAGE Music on a stage or a recording is a relatively recent thing, yet it's become the primary way we experience it. When was the last time you experienced music in another way? Musicians of course have the opportunity to engage directly in this...

I HATE COUNTRY MUSIC

I HATE COUNTRY MUSIC

You’ve no doubt heard people say things like my title here, I’ve heard it a bunch about country and less mainstream styles like metal or rap. I find it so interesting that someone could feel comfortable saying it. Obviously we all have preferences and likes/dislikes...

The Right Teacher Changes Everything

The Right Teacher Changes Everything

The wrong teacher does too! The place of a music teacher is such a powerful and important role, especially in the life of the young people we are often working with. Music is such a powerful element, far from just an auditory experience or physical exercise, it’s a...