Where did my lifelong passion of teaching piano and vocal lessons come from? Why should you select me from your other options?
As a kid I hated piano lessons and didn’t realize into my late 30’s why. One thing I believe in is short time frames for lessons. I do once a week 30 minute sessions in my studio locations in Crestview & Niceville all in a simple bundle package of $100 monthly. I don’t teach like your everyday music teacher. I understand that every adult or child is inspired differently so I search and find that motivational “concept” or “goal”. Once it’s found, the student actively learns and improves at a more rapid pace.
Today’s blog is about being open and honest about myself and what I have chosen to share, in hopes that it will provide education, enlightenment, and motivation for you too, to realize that it really is never too late to pursue your dreams or learn to play music or sing. Feel free to call me at 850-601-0750 or contact me here to setup an initial meeting to discuss your goals for you or your child.
I will begin this blog with an actual quote made probably in June, or July of 1955. This quote was made by my amazing and wonderful mother. October 16, 1955 is the date that I came into this world, and July would have been exactly when she penned the following words about me in my baby book as I was 9 months old at the time. Here are her exact words, as she gave me my baby book a few years ago.
The Title of the particular page she wrote these words on was: Early Predictions about my Future:
Mom wrote, “We are hoping that Gregory will want to be a Doctor. He seems to be a very bright child. Observes everything. He might want to be a musician. He can recognize any type of sound that has rhythm. He is fascinated by rock and roll. (9 Mos.)”
That really blew me away when she first showed me that as I was well into my 50’s before I even knew that my parents thought that about me. However, I can tell you first hand, that every word of that is absolutely true about me. For as far back as I can remember, and I can clearly remember being 4 years old, I have had a passionate, driving, obsessive, love of music and rhythm. I once said that I feel music at a molecular level, and even to this day it is extremely difficult if not impossible to describe what music does to and for me.
Now with all that being said then, why is it that I did not pursue music fully and full time until I was in my late late 30’s, early 40’s? I am not one of those wonder prodigies that came out of the womb playing piano. Nor in fact did I begin lessons at 4 or 5 years old. I did take lessons as a 3rd grader, but I hated every minute of it. I had zero interest in church hymns and classical music, which to my knowledge was all that was being offered by way of piano lessons. So I took lessons for a couple of years as a child, but my heart was never in it. Back then I was feeling James Brown, The Jackson 5, the Temptations, and others and that’s what I wanted to learn. However, quite simply is was not available to me. So I stopped taking lessons after only a couple of years. In fact I didn’t really learn to play the piano until I was in my very late 20’s. I had vocal music scholarships to LSU, in Louisiana, not full rides mind you but scholarships non the less, but I chose to not pursue because all I could see that leading to was being a high school choir director. I really couldn’t see myself teaching music in a classroom, but I’ve always had a burning desire to play
Well where does this story lead? After years of directing church choirs and things like that I decided to open a music studio of my own and teach private lessons to students that really wanted to learn to play. So in 1997 I opened my own studio in my home and Five Smooth Stones Music Studio was born.