The Summerglen Files

Music, Creativity, and Everyday Life at Summerglen Music in Raleigh, NC

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Entries from July 2008

Enjoying the Journey

July 25th, 2008 · 2 Comments

I wasn’t able to get to sleep for a while last night, so I sat around reading blogs and thinking. (OK, and playing the jewel game for quite a while.) Here are two neat blog posts I found: Living the Moment from The Idea Dude, and Failing Well from Megan Cutter, a fellow Inside 919 [...]

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Tags: blogs · Practice Tips

Fascinating Article on Creativity

July 23rd, 2008 · No Comments

Here’s a great article from Scientific American Mind – How to Unleash Your Creativity. The article is an interview with three creativity experts: Psychologist John Houtz, Award-winning writer Julia Cameron, and Scholar/Writer Robert Epstein, who offer a wide array of insights on the challenges and processes of being creative. I enjoyed learning about the skill [...]

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Tags: creativity

Interview on Creative Liberty Blog

July 18th, 2008 · No Comments

A couple weeks ago, Liz Massey interviewed me for her blog Creative Liberty. Her blog contains ideas, strategies, and resources to help people create more effortlessly, and it’s quite a fascinating read! She just posted my interview, so please feel free to check it out!

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Tags: blogs

Back to the Valley

July 15th, 2008 · No Comments

It’s been a busy couple of months here at Summerglen, with preparing for the WBON presentation, setting up trombone choirs, arranging pieces for the salsa band, and planning creative workshops and drum circles. And when I have several creative projects going on, I fall into a familiar pattern. I plug away at each project, little [...]

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Tags: creativity · Practice Tips · Trombones

A Confident Speech!

July 11th, 2008 · 2 Comments

The speech for the Wake County Women Business Owners Network went very well! My presentation was designed to teach business owners the skills of performers, to help them promote their businesses more easily. In the presentation, I offered 5 tips to help build the inner confidence needed to perform well and feel comfortable in front [...]

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Tags: a day in the life · music business

Relaxing is Important :)

July 9th, 2008 · 1 Comment

I’ll type this post quickly, because I need to take my own advice and chill out for the night. I have always been blessed with good health, except for my rotten sinuses. They’ve been hurting all day, so it’s time to have a Benadryl and say good night. So with that, here’s the final post [...]

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Tags: music business · staying healthy

Not Just Advertising, but Contributing to the Community

July 7th, 2008 · No Comments

This is the third post in this week’s series celebrating the one year anniversary of Summerglen Music. Today’s topic: getting the word out in a way that educates people and gives back to the community. I had absolutely no marketing experience when I started Summerglen, but I knew I needed to get the word out. [...]

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Tags: music business

Finding the Perfect Clients with Ease

July 5th, 2008 · No Comments

This is the second post in this week’s series celebrating the one year anniversary of Summerglen Music. Today I’ll talk about my wonderful clients, and how I found them easily. Before I started Summerglen, I thought that the best way to find music students, brides who wanted cool ceremony music, and people to host Summerglen [...]

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Tags: music business

Reading Your Way to Independence

July 2nd, 2008 · No Comments

This is the first post in this week’s series celebrating the one year anniversary of Summerglen Music, Raleigh’s home for beautiful performances and empowering musical learning experiences. In the series, I’ll share things that helped me make the leap from working for someone else to living my dream of being a full-time trombonist. Today, books! [...]

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Tags: music business

Happy Anniversary, Summerglen!

July 1st, 2008 · 1 Comment

Summerglen Music is officially one year old today! Yay! I started Summerglen last year after I had had absolutely enough of teaching music in the public schools. Society really mistreats and mistrusts teachers, and I was no exception. After five years of working in a fairly large elementary school, I was completely and utterly spent, [...]

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Tags: Summerglen News