On Running a Business: Why I Abandoned a Tuition Payment Plan Forever

On Running a Business: Why I Abandoned a Tuition Payment Plan Forever

I abandoned accepting regular monthly payments from my music students. I had all of them sending me a medium-sized check once each month for my tuition payment plan. Super simple concept, right?

Well, not really. There was a lot of emailing, texting and calling about scheduling and collecting payment. It seemed like I had a part-time job as bill collector. Yuck.

As teachers, we ask our students to practice (hopefully daily) so the notion of external and internal motivators should be a familiar concept to you. But, just in case, here’s a refresher…

Introducing! The Musicians Behind "Velveteen"

Introducing! The Musicians Behind "Velveteen"

Yes, the album is sounding gorgeous. I'm button-bustin' proud of it all. I'm also proud to say that I co-produced it with the talent of a stellar group of musicians. I'd like to introduce you to the other folks who helped make this album real. 

The Biggest Reveal I've Ever Done On The Internet... No, Really.

The Biggest Reveal I've Ever Done On The Internet... No, Really.

This week last year I was gleefully holed up in the Columbia City Theater with a handful of musician friends recording a certain album, *cough cough* MY album.

Yes, it's been a year. Although time has certainly flown, this day could not have gotten here any slower. Every step of the way has felt like molasses rolling down the sidewalk. 

Why I Pinched Myself 20 Times Yesterday...

Why I Pinched Myself 20 Times Yesterday...

These songs are already so much more alive than I could've ever imagined, it's hard for me to imagine how much better things could get with the remainder of this week. 

3 Strategies for Getting Dressed for a Blind Date (aka Recording Demos)

3 Strategies for Getting Dressed for a Blind Date (aka Recording Demos)

The internal dialog of an artist is the Alice and Wonderland of thoughts...

Part 1 - Finances: A Change in Perspective...

FINALLY, she took the time to let me cry. like ugly. snot-ridden. exacerbated. big-time cry. and just because she was curious, she looked back at my account history... 

and then paid me the highest compliment I've received from a financial institution to date...

#YouNeedThese: The Soundtrack of My Life Lately

#YouNeedThese: The Soundtrack of My Life Lately

I've always understood that being a musician is not just being a manufacturer or source of a "good" that someone holds in their hand.

To me, being a musician means creating a connection and facilitating unique moments in someone's life.