Whether you live in a small town like Red Wing, MN or a major city anywhere in the world there are many fantastic benefits you will gain from music lessons and the pursuit of learning to play a musical instrument.
Welcome to Universal Music Center’s first Blog! My name is Mike Arturi and I created and founded the Universal Music Center with the intention of offering much more than music lessons to Red Wing Mn, Goodhue County and the surrounding areas. I wanted to offer a place of positive support where people can feel like they belong and could enjoy sharing, learning and performing music.
In my life as a national touring and recording drummer I am continuously presented with many challenges. These challenges often require many life skills to negotiate and hopefully overcome. Learning to play drums, read music and the fundamentals of music theory is the only university level training I have. Through the years however, I have come to realize and utilize life skills I never formally studied. All of these skills were gained through the process of learning and pursuing music.
I would like to share these realizations with you through an ongoing series of Blogs. Maybe some of this information will help you decide to pursue music lessons, maybe it will help you to realize you already have skills you never utilized or maybe you’ll just find it interesting. Regardless, I’m very grateful to you for reading this far!
Effort only releases its reward after a person refuses to quit – W. Clement Stone
Persistence: Persistence is the first unforeseen benefit of music lessons that I would like to share with you. Long before I relocated to Red Wing, MN from my native home of Chicago, IL, I started taking drum lessons at the early age of six years old. Back then you started with a rubber practice pad, then moved to a snare drum THEN to a drumset. It was a long haul to say the least!! The rubber practice pad was not a very inspirational tool to a six year old who actually used to have dreams about drumsets! However, those dreams and an innocent natural desire to play drums ignited my first encounter with persistence. Just holding the drumsticks in my hands somehow seemed like something important even though on the surface I kind of dreaded practicing on the pad and wanted to go straight to the drumset! However, no matter what I might have been feeling I knew one thing for sure…the only way I was going to get to that drumset was through the rubber practice pad then the snare drum and THEN…the drumset! Fueled by desire, persistence got me through to the drumset.
It doesn’t take too much imagination or experience to agree that persistence is an important skill to have in life. You may realize it in many ways but if you pursue music lessons either in Red Wing, MN or anywhere else in the world you will gain the great skill of persistence!
Music is great and it’s infinitely rewarding. Regardless of your skill level it just plain feels good to hear yourself play something you’ve been working on. That good feeling never stops. I’ve been at it my whole life and I still get the same feeling of accomplishment from learning something on the drums today as I did back on the (maybe not so) boring rubber practice pad. The key is persistence. Music lessons offer a very clear understanding of the rewards of persistence. It’s pretty simple – you pursue the rudiment or scale or song and eventually you learn it and can play it! It’s a very clear example of persistence = results.
Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up
Guess what?....The persistence = results equation works great in LIFE too!! Stick with whatever you decide is worthy of your time and effort. Your desire to accomplish that goal will give you the persistence need to succeed.
Thanks so much!! - Mike