21CM is about empowering emerging musicians with the skills and tools to create new ways of exploring, creating, and sharing the art. It is about leveraging the entrepreneurial mindset toward building enthusiastic audiences and the next generation of curious, creative, and collaborative musicians.
Music on the Square is about courageous music-making.
Seems like they’re a good fit.
But what is at risk when you trust your students to run with an idea?
I have always found the intersection of teaching and parenting to be the challenge of NOT solving problems for “our kids,” but rather equipping them to make good decisions, act decisively and except failure as an important learning tool.
Easier said than done, right?
Three young students, Yazid, Derrick, and Dylan came to me with an idea – Storytellers.
What is it?
Storytellers @ M2, a VH1-style, reality art music broadcast that features today’s most innovative musicians in an up-close, intimate look at their unique talents, greatest passions, and life stories.
They even had a pitch and a tagline.
Storytellers @ M2
Join us at Music on the Square for an intimate evening of courageous music-making and a glimpse into the minds of the most compelling music-makers of our time.
Storytellers@M2. An experience like no other.
They had goals.
Damn they’re good.
So why was I so nervous? What was I afraid of?
I promised you, the readership of this blog, to tell the unvarnished truth, and of my willingness to accept “risk and even necessary failure.” But that does mean that I wanted to demonstrate failure within the first weeks of my job. And besides, if I don’t get to control the process and product, who does? Simply, I have learned, our students do, when given the chance to exercise their remarkable capacity for vision and capability to move ideas to action.
The results were a resounding success, if I do say so myself.
To learn more about Storytellers, read DePauw School of Music student, Rachael Amalfitano's well-crafted article.
This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Music on the Square fosters a space for courageous music-making and we would love to courageously make music with you! Gathering as a community of music lovers, we spark curiosity, expand creativity, and cultivate collaboration through one-on-one lessons, adult-learning classes, coached ensembles, and radical, breathtaking performances.
From children taking private music lessons for the first time to adult-learners experiencing Communiversity [n. community + university = expanded universe] courses that connect us with music-makers, creators, and innovators, we invite you to make Music on the Square your home for music-making!