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  • Writer's pictureJulia Pinckney Jones

New Year, New You... Making Music!

Happy New Year from all of us at Desert Home Music!

2018 was a great year for us and we hope it was just as amazing for you... and we're looking forward to great things in 2019!

At the beginning of every new year, we look forward to meeting new students and families who have chosen to bring music into their lives... from the adult students who've decided to get back into music after having quit lessons as a kid to first time students of all ages who got an instrument for Christmas, or who just always wanted to make music! We are thrilled to invite them into our home studio and into our extended family of musicians!


New Years Resolutions ... and How to Keep Them!

There are a lot of people who start playing an instrument as part of a New Year's Resolution - and as with any resolution, the toughest part is how to stay motivated after January 15th! How can our desire to make music become a high enough priority to survive the day-to-day struggles of our busy lives?

It's always hard to justify taking time (and, of course, spending money) on ourselves. Getting piano lessons for the kids? Absolutely! We don't hesitate to do that, especially when it's something our kids want to do... it will improve their lives (and possibly their test scores) and we all know it's a good investment in their future. But for ourselves? Many of us (particularly empty-nesters) have a piano in the family room that nobody plays or a long-postponed dream of feeling confident with singing in front of people. It's hard, though, for us to prioritize ourselves, our own dreams and desires.

Why is that, though? Why is it that we don't acknowledge that making music will improve our lives as much as it would our children's? We may not have test scores to improve, but studies are showing that playing music can stave off Alzheimer's, and singing can make us happier! Couldn't we all use a little more of that in our lives?

There is an entire industry that has grown up around "self care" - but one of the simplest ways of all to care for ourselves is to take (or make) time for ourselves to do the things we've always wanted to do. Like music lessons.


Why You Should Sign Up for Lessons

As always, I'm aware that encouraging people to sign up for regularly scheduled weekly music lessons may sound a little disingenuous... obviously, if you sign up for regular lessons with me, I make a profit - that's my job! The truth is, though, we often need to make ourselves accountable to someone else in order to give ourselves the high priority we deserve!

The first couple of months are essential, when you start a new activity. It takes about 66 days to create a new habit - for a new behavior to become automatic. That's the time we need support, assistance and encouragement the most - so we stay with it and get to the point where making music becomes an automatic part of our day. Otherwise, when the car breaks down, or we need to make cupcakes for the bake sale, or take an extra shift at work, or hire a plumber to fix the leaking pipes, we take "just a little break" from music... and we wind up at the beginning of another new year making the same resolution.

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That's part of the reason Desert Home Music offers an introductory rate on 6 or more lessons. We want you to make that commitment for more than a month, so that the joy of making music becomes a habit!

Once your lessons are booked and paid for, you have to go. Otherwise you've wasted your money. And if you've committed to going to a music lesson every week, you feel that you have to make time to practice. And the truth is that once you've made the time to practice (even just a little) you will build a habit, you will have success, and you will want to continue!


Join Us and Fill Your Life with Music!

So contact us at Desert Home Music for your Introductory Rate - we still have a few open lesson times - and make 2019 the Year of Music!

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