If you’re looking for some inspiration, whether it be in your career or life, look no further than this week’s Addicted Inspiration! I got a chance to catch up with a spokesperson from an interactive teaching service called musicU.Live, and the interview was pretty groovy to say the least.
Having a HUGE love for music, when I found out about the remote teaching service, I suddenly envisioned myself picking up my dusty guitar and finally learning more than the first rift of “Blackbird” by The Beatles (the only thing I can play!).
Part of the reason I never got to twiddling my fingers on some strings more frequently was A) because of a lack of time, and B) because I didn’t want to lug a guitar around. If you’ve had a similar relationship with learning music, then musicU.Live is about to help you become the rockstar you’ve always imagined in your dreams.
The platform offers live, real-time music lessons with expert instructors from around the world, all accessible from the comfort of your own home. Although, what separates the platform from other teaching tools is that it is completely interactive — not just you getting angry at a YouTube video that expects you to pick up an instrument and learn in several seconds like you’re goddamn Mozart.
Since we can’t all be musically inclined enough to write a composition at the age of seven, the service is perfect for making music accessible to people of all ages. It’s also backed by music junkies and professionals, some of which have worked in radio, reporting, and print, to marketing the releases of several world-renowned artists including Madonna, Missy Elliot, and the Red Hot Chilli Peppers (so you know it’s legit!).
If you’ve always wanted to play an instrument, musicU.Live is the perfect way to bridge the gap between desire and actually doing it.
Check out the interview with their spokesperson below, and remember to credit me in your awards speech when you win “Best Song” at the Grammy’s (please and thank you)…
What is your WHY? (The reason why you do the work you do)
I have been traveling extensively throughout my life for both business and pleasure and have been exposed to different cultures and love exploring them. In addition, I have a family history [in the] music business that involves promoting and launching global artists.
As my career path evolves and through technology, I have a vision in learning the cultural aspect of music in the mix via advanced technology to make it accessible, rather than learning only the technical aspect of it.
I wanted to start something that brings passionate people together via musicU.Live, to explore and enjoy the musical learning process worldwide both technically and culturally in a high-quality live digital setting. I also want to provide a platform for the next generation to get back to basics; instead of being addicted to the screen alone, let’s leverage technology for a human connection, and experience something musical that you are passionate about with a professional interactively anywhere in the world with a different approach.
Isn’t is better to watch the World Cup live with someone instead of on-demand videos by yourself? Same idea. It’s about shared passion.
How did you get involved with the work you currently do?
Prior to launching musicU.Live, I have a long history working in the music business in addition to the database and digital arena in the corporate world. I wanted to marry the two and create something that added extra value to the digital music education arena via advanced technology in an elevated environment. I believe I grasp the framework for the heart and soul of musicU.Live.
What are some of the successes (big or small) you’ve had?
I am glad that this concept/movement has gained traction and is highly supported by many experienced music educators from all over the world. During our short tenure since we launched in December 2017, we already have over 40 certified (vetted) instructors joined from five continents, offering live online music lessons in nine different languages. Some of them provide masterclasses worldwide.
What are the biggest challenges/setbacks you’ve had to face?
Definitely spreading the word! Since musicU.Live is global and digital, we are chasing time for online search. The search aspect also comes with many different forms, approaches and contexts; as such we are taking it one step at a time, region by region.
How do you do manage to do it all?
There is simply no way to do it all. What I do is work with experienced and trusted folks in their field of expertise, and then take it to the next level from there together. Startup is always lean and tight. I also keep learning and pivoting in order to maneuver my way through.
What piece of advice would you give to someone trying to do what you do, or trying to follow their own dreams?
Success comes from failure so be prepared for that along the way. Be open-minded and keep learning. If you believe your vision, keep up your spirit by celebrating small milestones. Set your goal and do not give up; it is always going to be a better day the next day!
If you could pick one charitable organization to ask our readers to donate to or volunteer with, which would it be?
One summer back in high school, I volunteered and spent a lot of time at a children’s mental health site in Scarborough, Ontario. I still treasure the experience to this day. I learned that these children share the same life as we do, but since they cannot be understood as easily as we are, they could not enjoy the world as much as we do. Kindness, exposure and availability of opportunities are important. I would pick Children’s Mental Health to donate or volunteer to help these children lead a better quality of life.