Title vs Prefix

I'm not big on titles or awards. Never have been. I do recognize that advanced degrees can open doors to new opportunities in one's career. Being honest, my Master's is still in the tube it was mailed in. I'll frame it one day...maybe. I stumbled across this plaque in my office today and remembered. Much appreciated to the group that came to this determination. More important than this to me is how I'm going to continue to meet the needs of people in 2020.

One thing I'd like to do more intentionally is direct my titles and accomplishments towards those in need of assistance. By that I mean being more active in stepping up in roles that I have the qualifications to serve in. As most of those who work with me know, I don't get wrapped up in formalities. Even how I'm addressed by clients is a coin flip I never try to influence. In this new year, however, I do seek to work in a manner that explains why I have the reputation that I do. Not to hear someone say "wow, he really is (fill in said compliment here)" but to show these skills are available to anyone for the purpose of furthering music education. I'm excited to be Director of Sentito Kinetic Youth Ensembles as they launch this year.

I recognize that in the busyness of this life we live it can be difficult to have all of our needs met. By the same token, in the life of a business, people can feel reduced to a number or a word to describe their role. A prefix of sorts that can determine rank and make categorization easier but, at times, diminish an object's value. I hope it never becomes that way at ASL. Fighting that system drives the very nature of the company.

For example:

1. Applied String Lessons performs music consultations in the Houston Metro area and online.

2. Instructors are known as specialists.

3. Learners are clients.

4. Meeting times are known as sessions.

5. Specialists use their unique set of skills to conduct consultations in their sessions based on the musical and location needs of clients, allowing both parties to take music at their tempo (speed).

One of the most misunderstood words in our vocabulary is "versus" when referencing two parties, teams or individuals. It doesn't necessarily mean against. Rather, one is facing or moving towards the other. I appreciate all of the specialists and clients that choose Applied String Lessons to satisfy their music education needs. As we keep moving forward in this new year I desire that we would be able to grow together. Onward and upward.

Happy New Year!

One Song,

Raymiah Jackson, M.A. in Music Education

Owner/Orchestral Specialist, Applied String Lessons

Director, Sentito Kinetic Youth Ensembles

President, Sentito Arts Foundation

Adjunct Professor, American Intercontinental University