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Holiday Plans

Merry Happy Christmas Hanukkah Kwanzaa, Music Junkies!

The holidays are a busy time for everyone, especially musicians! Pull out your calendars and make sure to take note of the following:

1.) Music Junkie Winter Jam

Our students will be performing the holiday music they’ve been practicing for MONTHS!  Be sure to bring friends and family, because just like ALL Music Junkie Student Performances, the concert will be FREE ADMISSION. 

Friday, Dec. 23rd at the Winehaus on Park Place.  4:00PM-6:30PM

2.) Holiday hours

We will be open during regular business hours except for Saturdays, Dec. 24th and Dec. 31st. If you plan on missing lessons, please give us a call ASAP so we can schedule a make-up lesson!

3.) Holiday giftcard sale

Give the gift of music this year! Right now we’re offering $10 off Music Junkie Giftcards through Friday, Dec. 23!  Use code GIVEMUSIC at online checkout or stop in to the store and mention the promo.

As always, thank you sincerely for your support and business. We LOVE our clients! See you at Winter Jam!

-K

Bob Dylan wins Nobel Prize in Literature

This past week, a huge controversy had been sparked in music history! Bob Dylan won the Nobel Prize in Literature. The Nobel Prize is a big deal. It’s an international award that recognizes achievement in a variety of fields. Past winners include some of the most famous and accomplished people in the world. Each year, the prize is given to individuals who have made a significant contribution to the world.

Bob Dylan has been praised for his influential lyrics and poetic genius. He is a master of the folk genre, and his songs have been covered by countless artists. His work has had a profound impact on popular culture, and he is widely considered one of the greatest songwriters of all time. It is no wonder that he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature.

Dylan is the second American to win this type of award since Toni Morrison in 1993. Dylan is the first Musician to win this amazing honor and some don’t agree with the decision. In fact, a lot of people seem to think this honor isn’t suited for a musician at all.

The Controversy

Many people are upset because they believe Nobel Prize winners should be for people who write works of standard literature, not music. There is no denying that the Nobel Prize for literature is an prestigious honor. But I can’t help but think that it shouldn’t be limited to people who only write in a traditional sense. I think it’s a great time to break the mold and award the prize to someone who writes in a medium that is more accessible to a wider audience. After all, isn’t a major point of literature to reach as many people as possible? To open up people’s minds and imaginations, and perhaps even change the way they see the world?

Music works in a similar way to poetry. Both are forms of expression that can be used to communicate emotion and tell a story. Music can be interpreted in different ways, just as poetry can be interpreted differently by each reader. Music and poetry both have the power to evoke strong emotions. They can take us on a journey, transport us to another time and place, and make us feel things we never thought possible.

Both music and poetry rely heavily on rhythm and meter. The way the words flow together can create a feeling of anticipation or excitement, or calmness and serenity. The best music and poetry speaks to our hearts and souls. It touches something deep inside of us that we may not even know exists. 

Dylan’s Impact

Dylan has always been one to express his feelings through his music. And, when it comes to politics, he is no different. Many of Dylan’s songs reflect his views on the world around him. Whether it’s singing about the corrupt government in “Masters of War” or the fight for freedom in “Chimes of Freedom,” Dylan has always used his platform to speak out about the issues that matter to him. And, with a career spanning over 50 years, Dylan has continued to use his voice to promote peace and social justice. He is truly a musical legend who uses his songs to make a difference in the world.

Bob Dylan, one of the most prolific and well-respected songwriters of our time, won this prize for a reason. His lyrics are thoughtfully written and they hold up well against other intimidating writers. The fact that his genius is applied to music as well as lyric should be all the more celebrated, not treated as a disqualifying factor. 

I believe that Bob Dylan deserves the Nobel Prize in Literature. Whether you agree with me or not, I think it’s worth considering why his work might be considered literature. After all, he is a master of words and has inspired people for decades with his music.

What do you think? Is Bob Dylan a musician or a poet? Does he deserve the Nobel Prize in Literature? Let me know what you think in the comments below!

Bob Dylan
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Meet Kristi Judd, Studio Owner

Owner Interview

Please check out our newest youtube video! Music Junkie Studios recently interviewed the owner Kristi and Edwin her husband. The two talk about how the studio has impacted their lives in a positive way, how the business has progressed throughout the year, and how this studio differentiates from others. The script is posted below the youtube link so feel free to read along! 

Click here to watch the interview on Youtube. 

Introduction:

Hi Im Edwin Judd from Fort Worth, Texas and I’m Kristi Judd from Atlanta, Georgia. We own Music Junkie Studios, a music business right off of Park Place Avenue in Fort Worth. We offer private music instruction in voice, piano, guitar, bass, violin, viola, songwriting, and recording as well as event music.

What inspired you to open a music lessons studio?

Edwin: I definitely wanted to encourage music literacy in the area. Growing up, good quality music instruction was hard to find so I wanted to help bring it to the neighborhood.

Kristi: I’ve been a part of the music studio scene for a few years now. I was managing a studio in Atlanta before I moved here, and so when we got married (about a year and a half ago) I moved out here and we kind of saw the local studio scene and decided it wasn’t really exactly what I was aiming for. It had always been my dream to open my own studio, so Edwin and I got really excited and decided we were just going to go for it. We were going to have the kind of studio that we believe in, with the certain things that are important to us. We want to be able to bring to the table with the superior type of instruction that we’d like to offer.

What role do you play in the local community?

Kristi: The first way that we make sure and attach ourselves to the community is that we make a point to hire local. We stay really active on the neighborhood Facebook pages and we want to make sure that the local community is the first to know of any openings that we have for either instructors, assistants, or whatever it is that we’re needing.

Secondly, we have sponsorships at both Paschal High School and Nolan Catholic High School. It’s important to us to be really involved with the schools, especially the extracurriculars. We also work with a really great nonprofit called Academy 4 at De Zavala Elementary. We have a Music Club for fourth graders there. It’s really common that we give gift cards to either local schools or the Fairmount library for certain auctions or things they have going on for fundraisers.

We also do gigs all the time in the local community: I play at the Winehaus across the street on Park Place every Friday. We also have all kinds of instructors playing all over the DFW weekly. As “Music Junkie Studios”, we have played for ArtsGoggle, the Cowtown Marathon, Fairmount’s Festivus, the Wine Down for the Fairmount Home Tour, we’ve been doing graduation parties and birthday parties lately.. So pretty much, any sort of way we can provide music for an event, we’ve got you covered.

What sets Music Junkie Studios apart?

Edwin: What sets Music Junkie apart for me is definitely our instructors. They are all highly educated professionals. They are musicians by trade, they aren’t just hobbyists. They really like the nuts and bolts of music. I think we all have a philosophy that when we get a student, we really want them to learn music and learn how to go create music on their own or be able to play with the ear rather than just learning song by song on TAB. That’s something you kind of see echoed throughout our philosophy.

Kristi: We definitely have a system where all of our instructors value theory. They value the nuts and bolts of things. We build students’ knowledge from the ground up- its something that we value. We want for our students to know the ins and outs of their instrument, we want for them to be able to start creating things of their own and not just always, you know, rehashing things that have been done before. We have the greatest clients that we can count on for support because- I think- when you walk in the door, you can tell the difference.

We’re definitely believers in “all music has merit”. We’re the kind of people that really believe that. Of course we have our own personal taste and they vary person to person- we’re definitely not all the same people here… but you’re never going to hear one of our Music Junkie instructors either insulting or putting down anyone else’s taste in music.

Our job is to help you be better at the music that you love. That is something that is very different. We don’t just teach classical music. We don’t just teach rock music. We don’t just teach any one particular thing. Our job is to love music, to encourage music, to teach music, and to embrace the music you walk in wanting to learn.

What’s it like owning your own business?

Kristi: We all really enjoy each other and respect each other, and so the aspect of being able to foster that for other people and seeing their lives be better because of it is really super rewarding. The flip side of everything, of course, is a lot goes into managing any business… but the people that we have working here under this roof with us really really make it easier. We have people that we know we can rely on, we have help when we need it, we have a really great family thats really supportive, and at the end of the day we have a lot to be proud of.

What’s your favorite part of teaching music?

Edwin: My favorite part of teaching is kind of breaking down some of the more complex theory into simpler, easy-to-understand things for the student. Like a lot of times, they get their mind blown because they think certain things are “so hard” and really they aren’t. Being able to see them kind of grow in theory and also in technique, I like just totally seeing them progress where months down the line, they are just a completely different student that can play on their own.

Kristi: My favorite part about teaching is when I can tell that my students are developing their own sense of musicianship; where they are starting to make decisions for themselves about what they want a song to sound like- what cool things we can do to songs to make it not sound like we’re singing so and so’s song, but now its something that is an extension of them. It’s their personalities put into their song. Their musicianship goes into making executive decisions. Maybe we’ll record it and maybe they’ll like the decisions that they made or maybe they will think “oh that was a bad idea. Lets try to tweak it in this way or that way.” When a student of mine really steps into making decisions about the music is one of the coolest things for me to watch.