We focus on pairing you with the right instructor, because we know how important it is. You must have chemistry and really enjoy learning with that person. An aspiring artist or someone doing this as a hobby will look for different things from their instructor. Each introductory session also comes with our risk-free guarantee that you will love your session, or its on us. After all, an interview might go great but you might be looking for something else, which is important to us. We take this one step further and allow students to receive a free 15 minute consultation that outlines their upcoming sessions and the instructors approach.
Learning an instrument is about having fun and we are here to help you. Vibrant in tune, Take Sessions instructors provide quality sessions that are tailored to what you need to learn. It’s all about the art, after all. Not the price.
1. It’s really easy being a Dj
How can something be easy if it’s an art and is meant to move you. Not everyone has the talent to move an audience, we are like composers. Your goal is to read the audience and reflect it in your music. Never allow anyone to make light of your work, and diminish the hours you put in. I see this happen often and even relates to how much Dj’s are willing to take to perform. Something that is creative has no tangible value so it is what you and others are willing to value it. Always be proud of your mixes and experience you have.
2. More focused on the promotion side than building relationships
So this one I feel is true but to an extent. The music industry is unfortunately hard to be in and definitely requires you to build relationships. You have to do this genuinely though because these are the people that help you get noticed. Talent can only get you so far and you have to put in time in building your fan base. However, this doesn’t mean that you can’t build demand with your production. Promoting plateau at a certain point if what your promoting isn’t quality work.
3. Believing there isn’t much of a skill curve
Ok, this one always gets to me because Dj’s think they learned all of the tricks of the trade. This is for those who never put in the time to understand production, music theory, spectrum’s, phrases, midi, and more. There is so much to being a dj and everything you learn will reflect in your mix. Remember that your audience doesn’t understand what you’re doing and they make a subconscious decision to dance. Every second of your mix directly affects your audience’s feelings towards the music, and to you as a performer. By the way, has anyone figured out who the girl on the cover image is?
4. The business side doesn’t interest you.
Some people join the music industry because it lets them express themselves but never learn the business behind it. You’re in a cutthroat industry and people won’t blink twice in treating you unfairly. Any contract you sign can set you up for problems way into the future of your career. Every Dj must have some knowledge of the business side to be effective, and quite frankly taken seriously.
5. Downloading massive playlists
Ok, you know who you are.. I never understood why Djs pay or download huge gigs of music. Do you know if every track you are getting are high quality 320? Even then, will all of the tracks be ID3 tagged properly or even fit your form of mixing. Djing is about telling a story, and just downloading boundless tracks will ruin the journey. It’s quite fun going on different blog sites to find music or even from Youtube. This helps you really understand what type of music you are into and organize everything accordingly.
Music is filled with stories of artists and their songwriters, but what isn’t told as often are the relationships between musicians and their instructors. These are often more grounded as a foundation for the creation of sound, and as such, needs to be shared. In fact, some studio musicians tell tales of life-long trust and mentorship with their teachers. The support combined with the business knowledge is carried with them throughout their musical career. As a musician, most people don’t understand the dedication it takes to practice and the benefits from having a private instructor. They will be your biggest critic at times and guide you the right direction. What is even more important, is to have an instructor who is experienced in the industry themselves as a performer. Finding the right person to fine tune your musical talent is what makes the process so special. Musicians who are there to make it tend to have a mentor to guide them. You can see an example of this here.
Instructors have to uphold a certain skill level to teach, but what about giving business advice. Shouldn’t the instructor also understand where you want to be in the future and plan accordingly.
Not every teacher is created from the same cloth. Each has their own nuanced approach to lessons, based on their expectations and relationship with the student. One instructor might insist on tight, daily repetition of scales in a guitar lesson before moving on to more advanced techniques. Another might rely on the Suzuki method of listening rather than using sheet music for voice lessons, while a third might spend weeks without the student picking up an instrument in order to focus on theory.
Once your goals are expressed and you have met the right instructor, it’s about keeping each lesson focused. Your sessions will be able to put you into a setting you might find uncomfortable. A jam session in your home can change when you are in front of a crowd and the nerves can catch you by surprise. Confidence isn’t something you just have when it comes to music, you have to earn it with practice and an audience. An instructor who has been through this will test you
Each student is different and the instructor has to fit that relationship. Take Sessions takes this concept to heart.
It simply costs too much for a beginner to easily pay for lessons at a real music academy, especially in Los Angeles. The costs are usually over $1500 for each course which can easily add up. EBD looks to work with exclusive instructors who offer private studios to students without the cost of a rental studio. This benefits the student since we can forget about the overhaed cost and focus on quality. This also means the working musicians see a more comfortable return on their efforts by being a part of our community.
Pairing you up with the instructor who is right for you is the central focus of EBD. The trial period that we offers allows the students to find a fit before dedicating their time. The instructors are also dedicated to their art who work with EBD to push ambitious students to the forefront. You have an option as a student to either travel to their home studio, or have them come to your own space.
Sound revolves around the heart, and in Los Angeles, this movement is coming from independent artists who create and build their own career. They work with professional recording companies, and offer their own home studios as locations for pivate music lessons. We were focused from the start to provide this opportunity to our students, and give an experience that others can’t match. The great thing is that music is accessible, to such an extent that it offers inspiration for people to learn as a hobby or to pursue it seriously.
No more trekking to inconvenient, company recording studio spaces where you’ll be charged an arm and a leg before even plucking a string. Thanks to the innovative approach of Take Sessions, the lessons take place 1on1 – and that could mean your own home as well.
You won’t learn anything well if you are not happy learning, or don’t understand the material.
Here are three simple rules to follow when you are looking for someone to give you music lessons:
1) The person should be approachable.
– The stereotype of the angry, has-been composer who teaches piano under duress is not really a great way to learn. That guy may know a lot about music, but he has no passion for teaching you. And, after all, how you learn is the most important part. Make sure that the person that is actually involved in the industry and has business experience.
2) Be sure that your styles match.
– If you’re interested in classical piano than finding a keyboard player won’t work best for you. There are many things that makes up a teachers skill-sets such as music theory or background. That’s not to say that you can’t learn from each other, but, especially when you are starting out or trying to get to the next level.
3) It should be something you look forward to.
– You should be excited to attend your sessions and learn from your instructor! If, after the second or third lesson, you are dreading going, you should rethink working with that instructor. It’s about surrounding you with the right type of material that engages your mind and creativity. You wanted the lesson because you have passion, it’s also the teachers job to spark that passion and push you.
Learning music should be fun and exciting. It’s learning a skill, and a skill that benefits your future. Follow these three rules and you will likely find the right instructor.
Here’s to your great sounds!