I’ve been wanting to start a blog for Prelude Music for well over a year. I have a list of ideas for what I think is useful information for parents, students, teachers and therapists as we all travel through our musical journey together. So what’s taken me so long to get this up and running?!?! Most people will say jump up and say, ‘lack of time’; while that is partially true, and I’m sure I will use that excuse later, that isn’t the full reason I haven’t started.
The real reason I haven’t started is that I couldn’t figure out what my first post should be about. Starting off with tips and tricks for buying a piano, advice on practicing, benefits of music therapy or what a 6 month old really learns in music class just didn’t seem appropriate and almost too impersonal or cold. Don’t worry I will write on those subjects later, but not for a first post. I wanted to make it more personal and beneficial to all of our families, whether you are thinking about attending a class with us, part of Melodies & ABCs, music therapy, or private lessons.
So what changed? Why now?
Some of you may know that I and subsequently Prelude Music was nominated for Women Entrepreneur of the Year Award in the categories of Emerging Business and Excellence in Service. Apparently, this year there were over 200 nominations, 29 finalists and 9 different categories. I was honoured to be on the list of nominees, elated when my application package was accepted as one of the finalists and completely shocked when we won the Emerging Business category.
I know what you are thinking: “Great Michelle, you are using your first post to brag about yourself!” Actually it is quite the opposite. I am using my first post to acknowledge that I didn’t do this alone. Prelude Music is where it is today because of my amazing team of Specialists (Abigail, Brianna, Jackie, and Mike); they make me look good on a daily basis and I can’t thank them enough for that. But also and somewhat more importantly we won this award because of YOU, our loyal and wonderful customers.
I’m not saying that just because you bring your pocket book every month. More importantly, you trust us with one of your most prized possessions every week with the unwritten agreement that we are going to better your child’s life in some way. You let us into your families, where we watch them walk for the first time, learn to make choices, play at their first recital, or prep for a music exam/festival to name a few. I think I can speak for all of us at Prelude Music when I say that being part of your family is why we show up every day. I really hope that you see and feel how much we care about each and everyone of you.
I personally also have to say a special thank you to whoever anonymously nominated me. I would love to thank you in person and give you a big hug!
In closing, I would like to dedicate my first post and award to all the families who have supported Prelude Music past, present and future. I will leave you with what I can remember from my acceptance speech.
“I think that the word sole-preneur is a misleading and unfair word. There is a saying that it takes a village to raise a child, I can attest first hand that it also takes a village to create a business. While I stand up here alone, I didn’t do it alone. A huge thank you to my family and friends who have put up with me and this endeavour over the past couple of years; there have been some long days/nights. But also a HUGE thank you to my customers who have become my friends and family. Thank you so very much!”