Money, money, money?
We all need an income
to support our families, but money is one word that you won't
see mentioned excessively at Vision Music, nor will you confront
a lot of third-party banner ads or sponsor pop-up windows.
So, just how do I
make a living, yet rationalize devoting so much time and energy
to a relatively free learning center for those in need of instruction
Well, obviously I
teach, something I've been doing for over thirty years. I maintain
a small, private practice with some excellent players locally
in the Portland (OR) area, as well as conduct the highly popular
and successful "One On One: Lessons by Mail" correspondence
program, which represents much of my private student load. The
addition of a membership option and line of products provides
affordable options for those in between, while hopefully generating
enough income to keep the site free and allow me to support my
"Talk is cheap"
in the music business. For years I've told my family, friends,
and students that I love to teach, and would almost do it for
free if I could. Now the internet and the Vision Music website
has given me the opportunity to back up that statement and make
this dream a reality, both for myself and for all of you.
Some of my colleagues
think I'm crazy to give away too much of this valuable knowledge
for free, but I remain committed to my mission at Vision Music.
I may not be financially rich, but far more importantly I feel
rich in spirit for positively affecting the lives of so many
players in need the world over. In the long run money means very
little, and I can't take it with me. The karma, on the other
hand, is spiritually priceless and permanent!