May 12, 2017

Why TIA? Part 3

Public and Private School Students In this post I will continue answering the question, why TIA, in regards to public and private school students. See post one and two here. Many students in our public and private schools want and need something they simply can’t get at their school. You won’t find group classes in…[READ MORE]

March 1, 2017

Is My Child too Young for Music Lessons?

Is my child too young for _______ lessons? Wouldn’t it just be a waste of money? You could fill in the blank with any instrument there really. This is not a commonly asked question. Recently I was asked this for the first. But I felt compelled to answer because the response is one that should…[READ MORE]

May 23, 2016

Values Driven Teaching

I wanted to share something that I was excited to share with our advisory board in training a week or so ago, and with Shelly Metzger today in an interview for Thurston Talk. At TIA we are mission and values driven. We value children and we value people. This should be a given in any…[READ MORE]

December 18, 2015

Dream Shaping

I’ve been called a dreamer. I was a dreamer when I was young and I still am today. And we love it that when our students are dreamers! I’m sure some of you have heard what I like to call dream killers. They usually say things like, are you sure that’s realistic (is a dream…[READ MORE]

July 10, 2015

Basements, Garages, and People

We are more concerned with identity than image. What does that mean? It is simple really. We know who we are. We know what we are here to do. And a part of that is to help people find opportunity for expression, fun, and community through music and art. What we do matters more than…[READ MORE]

May 18, 2015

What makes us different? Friendship and Community among Faculty

As an academy, our faculty and staff are not just co-workers or partners in our non-profit; we are friends. This is significant to us because we believe we will serve you and the community better because we enjoy the company of our friends, we enjoy mutual accountability, and we challenge each other to be the…[READ MORE]

What Makes us Different? Friendship and Community

Meeting so many wonderful families at  The Lacey Spring Fun Fair this weekend was a great opportunity to find out what parents and students are looking for, and what they most want to know about an academy like ours. A common question I encountered was: what makes us different? This is an important question! Our…[READ MORE]

March 13, 2015

Values in the Classroom: People

One thing I hope to do more often, but briefly, is to share occasionally some thoughts on how we can seek to about pursuing the mission of the academy in a unified way. I’d like to spend the next few weeks going through our values. The values of an organization should permeate everything it does….[READ MORE]

February 2, 2015

Nothing New Under the Sun

There is nothing new under the sun, but sometimes it can be memorable and powerful to speak old truths in new ways through song. Many people thing that money and possessions, and enjoying those things naturally go together, that surely if you’ve got money and you’ve got stuff that you will enjoy it.   But…[READ MORE]

October 22, 2014

What Can We Learn from Jarret’s Jeering?

Keith Jarrett is a beautifully artistic musician. His music is so excellent it deserves our attention. And he certainly deserves to be acknowledged for both his discipline and the art he brings to the world. But I would like to suggest that we can learn something from his annoyance at the people he makes music…[READ MORE]