Creative Soul - December 2019

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Dec. 23–Jan. 1 Holiday Break: Closed for Classes Sunday, Jan. 26 Group Class Performance at Woodshed Smokehouse Fort Worth Mar. 9–13 Spring Break: Closed for Classes

The moment you step on stage can be a terrifying experience not just for kids but also for adults. On Oct. 10, Sam and I had a special opportunity to perform at the famous Steinway Hall in New

performance where I’m not even a little scared to get up there. It takes a lot of courage to push those fears aside and to not only take a step on stage but to also perform in the best way you can. But the feeling you have afterward is always worth it. You know you’ve done it and did your best, and that feeling can’t be taken from you. I see many students who struggle through their own performance anxiety. Our school holds a recital twice a year, with Bass Hall Encore Recitals coming up this Dec. 13–14, and during that time, I see hundreds of students dressed in their best and shaking from head to foot. These special events are an amazing chance for families to come together and encourage their sons, daughters, friends, and family who have been practicing so diligently to perform. For our teachers and family, this is a wonderful time to see how far the students have come and support them in this experience. The memories my wife and I created at our Steinway Hall performance on Oct. 10 will be remembered years down the line. If we hadn’t pushed ourselves to be confident in ourselves and our story and to just get up there, we wouldn’t have that precious gift of memories for our kids and family. In anything you do, whether it’s performing, giving a speech, or making a presentation in front of people, simply getting yourself up there is an extremely brave thing to do, and the memories and experiences you’ll have afterward are what make it so valuable. Here’s to all our students getting up on stage this Dec. 13–14 at our Bass Hall Encore Recitals! Enjoy these special moments. Share them. You won’t regret it!

Drums David S. • Mon–Sat: SOLD OUT Johnny G.• Tue, Wed, Fri: SOLD OUT Zeke A. • Mon–Sat: SOLD OUT Guitar Jerome B. • Mon–Sat: SOLD OUT Andy V. • Mon–Sat: SOLD OUT Aidan G. • Mon–Sat: SOLD OUT Shera C. • Mon–Sat: SOLD OUT Voice/Piano Alan T. • Mon–Sat: SOLD OUT Meredith Ball • Mon–Sat: SOLD OUT Taylor Teague • Mon–Wed, Sat: SOLD OUT Erica R. • Mon, Wed, Thu, Sat: SOLD OUT waiting list, please contact us and we can add you to our waiting list. Lawrence M • Mon–Sat: SOLD OUT Many teachers we have are sold out . If you need a schedule change or would like to be added to a

York. The concert was made up of top performers from preeminent music schools across North America. When Sam and I were invited to this event, we were both thrilled and scared. It was an intimidating prospect to think of performing with these talented individuals despite knowing we are just as skilled. Each performer had a short time on stage to do whatever they wanted and to make the biggest impact, so we needed to be unique. We decided that instead of just showing off our chops, we’d try something different: sharing our story of how our family and music school came together through music. Filled with my jazz and blues tunes, Sam’s singer-songwriter vibe, and a little DIY sign action, we told our story in a fun, engaging way with a musical medley duet composed of our favorite songs together. Despite the hours of practice, knowing exactly what we were going to do, and knowing our strengths and skills, I was still terrified. The night of the performance, I felt as though I were a small kid preparing to go up for his first recital, and I didn’t want to get on stage. It was at that moment I remembered, this is how our students feel .

–Casey Thomas

Being scared to go up on stage is part of what being a musician is all about. I don’t think there will ever be a


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