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Author: Kris Schulz, Mojo Kemp

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Have you always wanted to learn an instrument but feel you’ve waited too long and now it’s too late? 

 Are you frustrated with your lack of progress and feel like giving up?

Or maybe you loved to sing, until somebody told you, “You can’t sing”.

If music was meant to be played, why does it feel like work for so many of us? 

Please join us as we share weekly stories, lessons and interviews from people just like you who are overcoming challenges and obstacles in their own musical journeys. Musicians of all levels and ages are welcome here because, Everybody Speaks Music!

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Mojo welcomes Kris back to the show and discusses his upcoming presentation at the NAMM Show. They talk about the powerful team of tech companies supporting their efforts and the adaptive technology for music, specifically for students with motor-scale issues. They also mention the possibility of recording the presentation. The conversation then shifts to the Heroes of Music Fundraiser and an interview with Rocky. They emphasize the importance of supporting local music and wrap up the show wi...
In this conversation, Mojo Kemp interviews Mariah Mennie, a musician and composer, about her musical journey and experiences. Mariah shares her background growing up in a creative family and her early exposure to music. She discusses the importance of learning to read music and the challenges she faced in developing this skill. Mariah also talks about her first performance with an orchestra and the impact it had on her. She shares her thoughts on dealing with mistakes and imposter syndrome as...
In this electrifying episode of Everybody Speaks Music, Kris sits down with a true Renaissance soul, Jeremy McKay. A Canadian yo-yo champion, lifelong musician, and dedicated educator, Jeremy's story is as unique as it is inspiring. From the get-go, this episode delves into Jeremy's multi-faceted world. A master of multiple disciplines, Jeremy and Kris explore the essence of great teaching. What does it take to inspire and educate? Jeremy shares his insights, honed not only through his m...
In this episode of Everybody Speaks Music, we sit down with an extraordinary guest, Jared Rose, whose inspiring journey from a new piano student to unlocking new levels of musical mastery within just two months will leave you astounded. Join us as we delve into Jared’s story of perseverance, passion, and the transformative power of music.Episode Highlights:•A Journey of Highs and Lows: Jared takes us through his rollercoaster experience as a novice piano player. He candidly shares the moments...
"Everybody Speaks Music - Episode 113 Summary:In this episode, we'll be diving into three engaging segments:Segment 1: Accountability in Music PracticeWe'll explore the role of accountability in maintaining a regular music practice routine. This includes how external commitments like gigs and lessons can keep us on track, even during busy times.Segment 2: Preparing for Campfire PerformancesDiscover the journey of preparing for a campfire performance. We'll discuss the added motivation and acc...
In this inspiring episode, we delve into the incredible passion of J.J Caithcart, an inspired and dedicated individual who aims to connect with seniors, specifically those who have experienced brain injuries or have dementia. Through his volunteer work, J.J. has found a profound interest in bringing the healing power of music and music therapy into their lives.We explore J.J.'s transformational journey, starting as a volunteer and learning from exceptional music therapists. His desire to crea...
Episode 111 Details: - Solo episode announcement, with a shout-out to co-host Mojo Kemp. - Mention of significant transformation at Horizon School of Music - Teaser for a future episode on school updates.Visiting Bradford Elementary School: - Recap of recent visit to Bradford Elementary School in Burnaby, BC. - Jeremy McKay's summer school course on using GarageBand. - Emphasizing the universal language of music and "Everybody Speaks Music." - Sharing...
Welcome to Episode 110 of Everybody Speaks Music! In today's captivating episode, we had the pleasure of interviewing the immensely talented bassist and multi-instrumentalist, Tim Parent. With a prominent presence in the West Coast music scene, Tim has graced the stage with renowned bands such as Five Alarm Funk and Ninja Spy, leaving audiences in awe.During our interview, Tim delves into the core of his musical motivation, which revolves around self-exploration and following his creative mus...
It's Summertime!

It's Summertime!

2023-06-2101:56

Friends! Thank you so much for downloading, streaming and listening to the show, we truly appreciate all the time that you spend with us.Just a quick note to let you know that Kris and I are moving to a lighter schedule for the summer and we will be bringing you a new show every two weeks until Sept.Have a great summer/winter; depending which part of the world you live in; we'll be back next week with a full show!Summertime, the livin' is easy.......
In today's episode, we had the pleasure of sitting down with Kylen Mumford, a remarkably skilled 14-year-old guitarist. Join us as we delve into Kylen's early years, exploring the profound influence his parents had on his musical growth. We also explore the role of switching teachers and how it can lead to new spurts of musical development. Finally, we discuss the belief in nurture over nature and its significance in shaping young musicians.Kylen playing some Polyphia riffs https://youtu.be/3...
Welcome to Episode 108!In this episode, we are joined by special guest Drum Instructor Ricky Sanderson. Join us as we dive into various topics related to drumming and gain valuable insights to enhance your drumming journey.- Developing Timing and Rhythm: Our guest shares their expertise on how to develop timing and rhythm, even for those who feel they have limited knowledge in this area.- Teaching and Learning Different Styles: We explore their approach to teaching different styles of drummin...
In this episode, Kris and Mojo sit down with Teresa Marie Chang, a voice instructor from Horizon School of Music. Teresa's passion lies in helping her students develop their singing skills and connecting with them at every stage of their musical journey. Join us as we delve into topics such as vocal technique, warmups, stage nerves, and overcoming performance anxiety. We also explore how unlocking different parts of our brains can be crucial in developing our natural singing voice. Additional...
In today's episode, we cover the final chapters (7-13)of our 13 chapter series aiming to understand the reasons behind students quitting music lessons.We also recommend a resource that inspired today's episode, offering a deeper dive into the subject.https://www.researchgate.net/publication/272886402_Students_who_quit_music_lessons_recent_research_and_recommendations_for_teachers7:Teacher Characteristics 8:Family Socioeconomic Status9: Parental Support & Home Environment 10: Sel...
In today's episode, we cover chapters 5-6 of our 13 chapter series aiming to understand the reasons behind students quitting music lessons.We also recommend a resource that inspired today's episode, offering a deeper dive into the subject.https://www.researchgate.net/publication/272886402_Students_who_quit_music_lessons_recent_research_and_recommendations_for_teachersOur goal is to inspire individuals to continue growing as musicians in a way that best suits their needs, tastes, and artistic ...
In today's episode, we cover the first three chapters of our 13-chapter series, aiming to understand the reasons behind students quitting music lessons.We also recommend a resource that inspired today's episode, offering a deeper dive into the subject.https://www.researchgate.net/publication/272886402_Students_who_quit_music_lessons_recent_research_and_recommendations_for_teachersOur goal is to inspire individuals to continue growing as musicians in a way that best suits their needs, tastes, ...
Welcome to another episode of Everybody Speaks Music! In today's episode Mojo & Kris interview the top guitar instructor from Horizon, Danny Baruffa.Danny shares with us his passion for igniting his students' creativity and being the spark that drives their learning and growth process.During the interview, Danny reveals how he rebuilt his entire arsenal of techniques over 18 years of learning, and outlines some of the ups and downs of going to post-secondary education for music. He also t...
What is the curse of the intermediate guitarist, you ask? The curse of the intermediate guitarist refers to the common habits and beliefs that hinder the progress of guitar players in the intermediate stage. These habits include learning many songs but struggling to perform them in public, taking lessons from multiple teachers without committing to one approach, avoiding jamming with others, blaming gear for lack of progress, relying too heavily on apps and tutorials, and believing that ...
In this episode of "Everybody Speaks Music", host Kris Schulz shares his experiences and discoveries at the NAMM Show in Anaheim, California. He talks about the importance of inclusivity and education in the music industry, particularly in light of the pandemic and other challenges. Kris also highlights the work of Guitars in the Classroom, an organization that has trained over 17,000 teachers, provided over $5 million worth of guitars and ukulele supplies to classrooms around North America, ...
We're celebrating a huge milestone today as we’ve hit 100 episodes, and decided to do it in style by recording live at Horizon School of Music.In this special episode, Kris and Mojo give their listeners a sneak peek behind the scenes of the podcast, explaining what type of gear they use including microphones, preamps, and computers. They also share how they record their guests remotely, giving you an inside look at the magic that goes into producing each episode.But it's not all tech-talk and...
Today, we are thrilled to introduce you to Sarah Keller, who has had a remarkable journey from a karaoke singer to the best music liaison our music school could ever hope for!Over the years, Sarah has worked tirelessly to create meaningful connections between the students and our school, and her hard work, dedication, and unwavering commitment to Horizon have helped to foster a thriving music community at the school. We are excited to share her inspiring story with you.
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