Life Lessons I Have Learned From Being a Musician by Thaddus Franklin, Music Director
Music doesn’t just teach you how to play an instrument. It teaches you how to have a better mindset towards life while cultivating skills that can allow you to become more resilient. Here are 10 lessons I have learned from music that can also be analogies for life.
- Accomplishing any goal is simple, as long as you have enough time.
- The fastest way to learn anything is by learning it slowly.
- Practicing requires more than patience, it requires being ok with yourself.
- Listen to others. Sometimes you play the melody, other times you support the melody, and yet other times your job is to remain silent until your voice is needed.
- Sometimes you will get lost. Embrace the uncertainty and listen to where you are so you can figure out what comes next.
- Focusing on a problem with your technique often makes the problem seem bigger and more difficult. Focusing on the technique you want usually helps you realize how to solve the problem (and that oftentimes there was never a problem to begin with).
- Learning requires imitation but at some point you will have to trust your own voice. As Miles Davis said, “it takes a long time to sound like yourself.”
- The beginning and ending of a song are the most important parts because the beginning sets up expectations and the ending is the last thing people hear.
- ‘Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results” is terrible advice for music. Musicians will practice the same difficult passage over and over again and expect different results every day. It’s literally how we learn.
- Mistakes are not only ok, they are expected and accepted. Mistakes can lead to new ideas that are more interesting than what was originally intended. A perfect example of this is the drum sound created by Phil Collins in 1979. He mistakenly added a gated reverb effect to his drums that went on to become the defining sound of music in the 80s. https://youtu.be/Bxz6jShW-3E
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Wed. 3/17: 8:40 AM Online Chapel led by Mrs. Neafcy, Kindergarten Teacher / St. Patrick’s Spirit Day
Fri. 3/19: Free Dress Day
Wed. 3/24: 8:40 AM Online Chapel led by Deacon Dan Jackson
St. Patrick’s Day Spirit Day – Wed. 3/17
On Wednesday, March 17, all o’ the wee lads and lassies at Hope are invited to join the all-school spirit day in honor of St. Patrick’s Day! All are invited to wear the colors green and yellow and shamrocks whether you are in person or virtual that day.
Financial Aid Information for 2021-22 Academic Year
We partner with School and Student Services (SSS) for our financial aid process each year. Instructions for applying for financial aid at Hope Lutheran School are available by visiting sss.nais.org/parents. Our school’s SSS code is 179833. The Early Decision deadline is March 30th and the final deadline to apply for aid is April 30, 2021.
Virtual Lest 2021
What is LEST? It stands for the Lutheran Elementary Schools Tournament and it was hosted every February by Concordia University in Portland. The first LEST was held in 1962 with four Portland area schools participating in a boys basketball tournament. As word of the tournament spread, schools from Idaho, Montana, California, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington began traveling by train, plane, or bus to participate in LEST. Over the years, additional activities and competitions were added, with recent years including over 1,000 students, 20 events, and as many as 21 schools from various states. Due to the closure of Concordia University last spring,
LEST 2020 was the final year in Portland.
What is a virtual LEST? With the closure of Concordia and the pandemic, LEST 2021 almost did not happen; fortunately, a small dedicated group (including our own Mr. Allen and Mrs. Okabayashi) worked hard to put into place limited competitions that can be done virtually. Just last week, information on the events was released to schools. LEST 2021 will occur on April 29-30, 2021 during the school day and we are currently creating space for students to compete in these events
Shoe Drive – Sat. 3/20 from 9AM to 1:00PM
Families of Hope, My name is Grace, I am an 8th grader at Hope School. For my confirmation project I am doing a sneaker drive. I have connected with a company called Got Sneakers who collects new or gently used sneakers to donate to folks who are in need or recycle them to keep the shoes out of landfills. I will be collecting shoes on March 20, in the Hope Lowers between 9am-1pm and a flyer is coming home today which contains extra instructions for donating shoes.
Thank you in advance for your support, Grace.
Rainbow Parrot Art continues in April and offers fun and engaging online art classes for kids. Each week, kids have the opportunity to create a new, super fun project and share with the group. This space has a collaborative feel. Kids are encouraged to share their ideas and get inspiration from each other. There are (optional) opportunities for fun breaks, games, movement activities, social connection, listening to music, dance, costume parties, and snack time. Join a free trial class or sign up for a 6-week session. Visit www.rainbowparrotart.com
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Holy Week and Easter Services
Hope Church is planning a Maundy Thursday drive-through prayer and communion time from 5:00 to 7:00 PM, signups will be available soon. They will have a Good Friday online service as well as opportunities to sign up to spend time in the church sanctuary in prayer. Details and signups for these will be shared soon as well as details on our Easter day service.