Hey, AMS family! I hope you’ve had an incredible start to your year and you are continuing to reflect on what it means to ascend to your next level. If you missed it, I talked about ascension as one of our core values in last month’s blog post. Go ahead and check it out!
Did you all see the first lady’s dress at the inauguration ceremony a few weeks ago?
It was breathtaking! It was a sleek, knee length, white dress with delicate sleeves and a beautiful array of flowers embroidered on the chest and down the lengths of each arm. I learned afterward that each flower was embroidered by hand and represented each state and federal territory of the United States.
I love that her dress was a powerful symbol of unity for our nation on such a pivotal day in history. To add to that, I am inspired by the brilliance and the mastery of every person who designed and created Dr. Jill Biden’s dress. Each flower took 2-4 hours to embroider, and the planning that went into the dress beforehand was extensive!
While we are not training embroiderers here at Ascend Music Studios, there is something to be said about what it takes to create beautiful works of art.
Mastery is the achievement of greatness in any given area. Most of the time, it is the culmination of years of work in order to truly know everything there is to know about your craft. It is different from success. Success comes with a sense of arrival and complacency if you’re not careful. It is possible to have success without mastery.
Here at AMS, one of our goals and core values is to help each individual achieve self-mastery. Self-mastery is like mastery, but its emphasis is on the individual. It is important to us that our students feel empowered and have the tools they need to master their instrument while also using their unique voice. It’s truly incredible to me the way instrumentalists can incorporate their voice into the way they play as well as vocalists!
This is the core value that our guitar teacher, Alex, is the most passionate about. He has spent many hours over the years cultivating his own style, and he gets fired up just thinking about his responsibility to help his students do the same.
Will you join us in pursuing self-mastery together?