Posts Tagged ‘music education’

What’s Happening with www.PianoSD.com?

Monday, January 16th, 2012

Over the past year most of you know that we have been undergoing some major changes.  Those changes are starting to become evident as you log into the website you will see whats happening.

We are embarking on a new program that we are hoping will help bring music appreciation and music education to the forefront.  Every day we have been making changes behind the scene and Max (some of you may remember from the Live@PianoSD broadcasts) has been very patient with me while I have changed my mind several times a day for the past few months.

We finally arrived with the finished product and we will be rolling out those changes in the next few weeks.  Thank you very much for your patience and hopefully as we grow you will be happy with the final results.  The new changes are very VERY exciting and help expose my passion for music as we go along.

Thank you very much for your patience and stay tuned to a VERY exciting future in the Piano business.

Ric Overton

 

Moving forward

Saturday, January 29th, 2011

Its time we embraced modern technology and use it to get the word out about music and its effects on our daily lives.

Many years ago we  used the newspaper to make announcements such as sales, special events, etc. but, as things have begun to change it has become important that we reach out in different ways to let people know whats going on in our stores, concert halls, venues, etc.

I have such a love and passion about pianos and the piano business that I must use everything at my disposal to get the word out about our industry.

In the coming weeks I am going to discuss some history of the piano and how music evolved but in the meantime, I want us all to reflect on what “has been” but then REALLY focus on “what will be”.  We all get sentimental about the way things used to be.  Maybe we enjoyed a concert or recital, a play or performance of some kind.  Perhaps we were moved by a particular artist or student.  None of this would have been possible without music and a musician.

Social media has bought us an opportunity to bring more performers and artists to the main stage and in some cases even made them famous.  This is something that could have not been done by a newspaper.

Today I am watching CNN and its coverage of the disturbance in Cairo.  The upheaval was reportedly caused by people blogging and posting on Facebook and Twitter.  Amazing, that such a simple venue like Facebook and Twitter could be so powerful that it would actually help organize an international protest like the one in Egypt today.  A powerful tool that is at the very least very cheap or in most cases free. Amazing that we can communicate to millions with our own computers.  Amazing that we can “get the word out” as quickly and efficiently as we are capable of, but, THE MOST AMAZING OF ALL-WE ARENT TAKING ADVANTAGE OF THIS MEDIA. I am hoping that some of the following posts will bring this full circle and we can combine some music education and love for various instruments to “get the word out” that music is important.

See you soon.

Ric Overton of www.PianoSD.com via www.MaxMorganDesign.com

Social Media and Blogs

Sunday, January 23rd, 2011

As many of you know who follow us on a regular basis, PianoSD closed in July.  My biggest problem is that I REALLY love the piano and music industry.  I have a real passion for teachers and music education and I dearly love the instrument itself.  The history of the piano is rich and it seems that I can’t just walk away and not be involved in the industry.

While I built PianoSD, one of the things that I did there on a regular basis was to post to social media accounts and blog posts almost every day.  So, I began to offer to friends in the music industry to allow me to do their posting and blogs.  The demand is big right now for social media connections and people really want to know what you are doing.  Social media and blogs are the easiest way for people to keep up with you.  The problem for a lot of music and piano dealers as well as teachers and artists is to take or have the time to do this.  Although its not difficult it is a little time consuming.

Max Morgan of www.MaxMorganDesign.com and I will be redesigning the website www.PianoSD.com to reflect our new direction soon.  In the meantime I wanted to let everyone know what is going on.

PianoSD is NO LONGER a showroom for pianos.  We simply are a referral service for people in need.  Last week I referred almost a dozen people customers to various services from tuners, technicians, teachers, violins and pianos.  I have really enjoyed being able to do this because I keep up with what is going on in Southern California with the people in our industry.

I wanted to tell you who we are working with so you can visit thier websites and see what they are doing too.

www.RosemaryBaileyMusic.com

www.SethRye.com

www.SorrentoValleyMusic.com

www.JoanieManero.com

www.PianoSD.com

www.MaxMorganDesign.com

and about 4 more on the way.  We are negotiating now with two international manufacturers, 6 artists and two dealerships.

What all this means is that even though I am not in the business of selling pianos, I am actively involved in the music industry and would be happy to help you if you are looking for a qualified tuner/tech, teacher, artist or if you are looking  for a referral for a piano in San Diego, or a piano in La Jolla, or a piano in Carlsbad, even if you are looking for violins or orchestral stringed instruments, I can direct you and if you want me to go with you I would be glad to.  Just to address money.  I do not have a prearranged agreement with any of the dealers.  I am friends with every one of them but, have no reason to suggest one over the other.  If you want me to visit with you, I would request that you be respectful of my situation and pay me for my time and expertise which we can discuss at the time.

Keep your eyes on us and watch as we begin to change the way we have traditionally done business.  I hope you are happy with what you find.

Ric Overton

post by Ric Overton of www.PianoSD.com via www.MaxMorganDesign.com

Thank yous

Thursday, December 9th, 2010

I wanted to take a couple of seconds to thank some people for thier services to the music community.

Rosemary Bailey of www.RosemaryBaileyMusic.com has given her time and talents to people all over the country.  Rosemary’s talent is incredible and she shows it in every performance.  From Broadway to Jazz, Classical to Rock and Roll or Country and Gospel she puts forth her talent to the “nth” degree night after night.

Most recently she has done a Christmas project that is really something else.  What makes her so amazing is that not only is she so talented but, she also has a very unique gift of interpretation and understanding of what the music should be saying.  Her most recent Christmas project really shows off her connection to her audience and to her talent.  Understanding her fans and what they expect, what “should” be played musically and what the song writer intended.  Rosemary can seamlessly accomplish this without causing confusion to the person listening and is still able to deliver the song in its intended form.

I hope you will take the time to go to her website and hear a few clips of her Christmas CD

Holiday Memories-CD

I spoke with her this afternoon and she only has a few left so, log on to her website and order today.
The other group I want to thank is the guys at Sorrento Valley Music www.SorrentoValleyMusic.com .  Jon and Rebecca have really stepped out onto a limb during very challenging times to open their new store.  They have such a passion for the business that they will be successful.  The other thing is their love for music education.  Rebecca has a very exciting teaching program and is working daily with her students to help them with their education and moving to the next level.
They have a full line of pianos, guitars, violins, music accessories and printed music and are working to expand their selection.  They are being very smart with their direction and taking small steps to improve every day.  So if you are looking for a piano in San Diego, Guitar in San Diego, Violin in San Diego or printed music or accessories look no further than Sorrento Valley Music.
Recently they decided to supply the San Diego Gay Mens Chorus a piano for their upcoming concert at the Birch North Park Theatre on December 11th and 12th.  Sorrento Valley Music has sent them an Estonia that has been perfectly voiced and regulated and is in tip top condition.  This is no small feat and if you know about Estonia you know just how difficult it can be to supply for an event like this.
My hat is off to Rosemary Bailey and Sorrento Valley Music for their dedication to the music industry, music and music education.
Lastly, this coming weekend is an anniversary of sorts.  The San Diego Gay Mens Chorus at www.SDGMC.org is having a concert this weekend.  If you have not already purchased your tickets you should do it as soon as you can because the it is almost a sold out performance.
Hope you are celebrating during the holidays somewhere safe and sharing a great time with friends and family.
Ric Overton

SO, whats the latest?

Saturday, December 4th, 2010

By now most of you that have been following my blogs have realized that PianoSD.com is no longer in business as of July 2010.  While this has broken my heart it has also opened up huge opportunity for me personally to continue to promote music and pianos.  I have been through the grieving process and now I am ready to restart my passion for making music and promoting the piano business in a new direction.

Through this trial I have had the opportunity to talk with many of my friends and colleagues who share my interests and they are keenly aware that we have to make some changes in the industry and in our culture if we are to survive.  Through that we came to a mutual agreement that perhaps embracing modern day technology is the right answer.

Max Morgan of Max Morgan Design has helped in coming up with a workable solution to our increasingly demanding media and together we have launched a new   social media solution.  We have now begun to  offer a social media package which will include posts on social media applications such as Facebook, Twitter, My Space, etc. as well as blogs and email blasts for piano dealers and music enthusiasts each month.  Through that we are hoping to raise the awareness of the need for music and music education.

Social Media is here.  It is going to be here for some time to come.  It’s time for us to open our lines of communication to all types of people and in so doing we hope to learn what it is that we, as an industry, can do to help people be more interested in making music.  There are so many “fun” things for us and our children to do today that the thought of learning to play a musical instrument never comes to mind.  However, I have never EVER had anyone say to me “I am sad that I learned to play a musical instrument”.  Quite the contrary, I have had LOTS of people tell me “I am so sorry that I never learned to play”. This tells me a lot.  I hope to turn that into a positive for as many people as I possibly can.

During the time that PianoSD was open in San Diego I fully understood the need to reach out to the teachers and offer as much as I possibly could.  Some people have said “see what that got you” and to that my reply is “yes, I helped as many teachers as I could give their students something that ‘life’ will never take away…….appreciation of music and in some cases developing a talent that will bring a smile to many people for many years to come”.

Follow our various blogs and posts to see what happens next.  It is going to be a very exciting journey.  This journey begins with our regular posts at www.PianoSD.com, www.MaxMorganDesign.com, www.RosemaryBaileyMusic.comwww.SorrentoValleyMusic.com.  Visit these websites and then be sure to let them know how you heard about them.  Also, watch as this list grows with innovative music dealers who are ready to branch out.

If your company is interested in a social media solution please feel free to contact us at www.PianoSD.com or www.MaxMorganDesign.com or by simply emailing Ric@PianoSD.com.

Thanks again

Ric Overton via www.PianoSD.com and www.MaxMorganDesign.com

New Announcements

Wednesday, June 9th, 2010

As many of you know, PianoSD.com has been working very hard to establish itself as the place in San Diego to get your piano, classes, moving (with Precision Piano Moving-www.PrecisionPianoMoving.net), tuning (with Accutone Piano Tuning – PianoServSD.com), your source for recitals in our Performance Hall and piano classes.  We have decided to step out in faith and have hired a professional who is very well versed in Pianos and Piano Music to head our education department.  We realize the importance of music education and the benefit to each of our customers as well as the community.  This is the reason we are quite excited to present the newest addition to the PianoSD.com family: Leighanne Twaddle.

Leighanne Twaddle has joined PianoSD as Director of Music Education.  She comes from Scottsdale, AZ where she taught music in the Scottsdale School District for 31 years.  She has been a church choral director and accompanist and a private piano teacher for over 25 years. Last June Leighanne had the opportunity to sing in Carnegie Hall under the direction of Greg Gilpin and Joseph Martin.  She carries the honors of the Scottsdale Charros Teacher of the Year and Who’s Who Among Educators.  Leighanne belongs to many professional organizations including MENC, American College of Musicians-National Guild of Piano Teachers, and National Federation of Music Clubs.  Leighanne received her Bachelor of Music degree from Arizona State University and her Master’s of Arts in Education degree from the University of Phoenix.

Among Leighanne’s responsibilities are building our School of Music and our sheet music department.   We have customers that come into our store on a regular basis from San Marcos, Carlsbad, Rancho Santa Fe and of course La Jolla as well as many other parts of the surrounding areas because they love the atmosphere at PianoSD  and enjoy our concept.  We are a very unique piano dealer, so whether you need to talk about learning piano, teaching piano, tuning your piano, moving your piano or owning a piano we will always be delighted to help you.

Stop by when you get a chance, meet Leighanne we would certainly enjoy meeting you.

Ric Overton

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