My First Quarterly Event Experience

I am new to The Quarterly and this past Friday was my first event with the organization.  I had been looking forward to it for weeks, especially following our release of the Winter compilation.  

I’ve been a student in Philadelphia for 2 and a half years now and this is the first I’ve had the chance to listen to bands from this area, aside from a few student bands at Temple University.  After listening to this quarter’s compilation, I wanted to immerse myself even more in the rich music made right here in the City of Brotherly Love.  I love this city and the creative culture in the local arts scene.

To be able to listen and experience the talented musicians, young and old,  who graced the stage at the First Unitarian Church was an honor and I look forward to doing so again.  

TONIGHT - The Winter Listening Party/Arts Bazaar

It’s finally here - The Quarterly’s Winter Listening Party is tonight at the First Unitarian Church of Philadelphia.

I don’t keep it a secret - my favorite thing about being involved with The Quarterly is the recurring opportunity to be thrown into the mix with some of the people who are hands-down the most creative players in Philly music and art. These events were conceptualized with the idea of unifying multiple scenes, genres, cliques, collectives, and neighborhoods of the city, and each night seems to bring the organization a little closer to realizing that goal.

If you’d like to purchase a last-minute event ticket, you can do so on our Eventbrite page.

As always, the 25-song compilation is available to purcahse or stream at www.thequarterly.bandcamp.com.

See you tonight!

- Jake Detwiler

Music and Art Come Together for the sake of our Future, The Quarterly Project

   Although we are a very young charity, unlike the previous two Quarterly’s we are introducing 8 very talented and local artists within the Philadelphia area to our event. We are encouraging all artists and musicians to come together to network and engage in face to face interaction prior to the show to help themselves and help the future of our music community.

As the founder of The Quarterly, I never thought our third event would be at a venue as reputable as The First Unitarian. But I do want to say, I look forward to seeing you all there, The Quarterly welcomes all , and we also make sure to help make a difference with our friends at Rock to the Future.

#Musicforall 

Founder of The Quarterly

Brian Walker 

On the eve of the Winter 2014 release…

We’re one day away from the release of our Winter 2014 compilation, and, much like the last two albums, I’m continuously floored by the level of talent we managed to round up. Some of my favorite local bands (who I’m honored to call friends) have been churning out such a high level of music lately, and being able to push them forward into a new spotlight is something we don’t take for granted at The Quarterly.

At the same time, I’ve been volunteering at Rock to the Future for the past two months as a band coach. I spend two days every week working with the individual student bands, who write and perform a mix of their own songs and covers. The kids who join the program are all at different skill levels with their instruments…so I’m not only constantly changing my approach with how to guide them, but also constantly gaining a new perspective when it comes to writing music. Josh and Jess (Craft, program directors at RTTF) have laid this foundation that allows the kids to build up an incredibly solid knowledge of general music theory - but every student has his/her own preconceptions about how to write a song. It’s freeform and expressive in a way that I envy, and it pushes me to be more open-minded when it comes to my own writing and production.

It’s interesting how the band coaching can sometimes directly parallel the studio work I do at Fresh Produce. I had the privilege of recording Christopher Davis-Shannon’s new track (“Love You Just the Same”) exclusively for this release, and it was the first session in a long time where I worked with an artist with a clear, unrestrained vision of their writing. We recorded the song totally live, with just Topher on guitar and a dobro accompaniment from Mike Brenner, and it left me wide-eyed at how stripping away some of the “studio magic” can be a really rewarding effort.

It’s parallels like this that define that intangible quality that so often makes music not only a hobby, but a lifetime investment.

- Jake

Artist Coordinator 

BUY THE COMPILATION AT WWW.THEQUARTERLY.BANDCAMP.COM

We’ll be releasing our Winter Quarterly Compilation!  In the meantime, download/stream our previous compilation! 

Why Collaboration is Important and Why You Should Do It Too

   Some ideas start with one person, others start as duos, and sometimes with teams. But the most successful ideas are executed with collaboration. Teamwork is the root to all success. We all have something to give and learn from each other and what we believe at The Quarterly is networking and collaborating your ideas are quintessential to letting yourself succeed and to keep a community going. As the founder of this community, I designed it in hopes of letting communities find out about each other in different parts of the city and realizing that they too have similar believes and passions for creation.

   Although a start up, we have learned and observed that as a result of people coming to our events,  that people have been able to be featured in national news papers, find new gigs, and most of all learn, that they are not the only ones out there trying to perfect their passions. 

    As a musician, I have learned that it is very humbling to find other creative individuals who are working with you and fighting to get where you want to be. This does not only apply in art and music,but it applies in business and most of all in your lives as an individual. 

  The City of  Philadelphia is a very neighborhood based city, some people, grow up in one part of the city and don’t even realize that this city is not a series of towns, its a place of love,community and collaboration.

   If you wish to make something happen for yourself, look within yourself, build a team, and make your idea count and make sure that you learn and realize that you can really build an idea just by collaborating. Come to our event on Friday Feb 28th at The First Unitarian and you will be sure to find others, who will want to collaborate too no matter where you come from or what scene you belong to. 

The Importance of Teaching Passion in Music Education

     Looking back on my elementary and high school years, I have to say that my school did not place a high priority on music and arts education.  I went to an extremely small Catholic school from kindergarten until 12th grade and there weren’t a lot of extra funds to allocate to these types of programs.  Our school plays and musicals were performed on a small stage in the gymnasium, where we often had to rehearse while various sports teams had practice.

     In grades 7 through 9, I had an incredible choir teacher.  She never had children of her own, but she treated her choir students as if they were her own.  When she passed away suddenly my freshman year, all of us were devastated. 

     The school hired a replacement after a suitable period of mourning.  This new teacher did not have the same enthusiasm and love for her students that her predecessor did.  Her classroom had a negative environment.  She asked me about my future plans after high school and when I told her I wanted to pursue music, she discouraged me from doing so and even suggested I try something more practical.  Choir wasn’t fun anymore; it had become my least favorite class.  This new teacher was, in effect, crushing my dreams.

     I was not the only person to feel this way about a teacher.  I still am not.  I continue to hear stories from my peers about teachers discouraging them from pursuing the things they are passionate about.  Is this a societal flaw?  Is our education system really only concerned about students excelling in the sciences and “practical” fields of work? In the past, art, music, theater, and literature were a privilege reserved for the wealthy and a reward for their success.  So, if the young people in our world are told over and over again that academic success is most important and that it’s the only way to survive financially, whose job is it to create art the future wealthy will enjoy? Is there any benefit to being successful if you can’t even enjoy art, music, theater, and literature in your leisure?

     Luckily for me, I found another outlet.  I quit choir, took a study hall, and became extremely involved in the Uptown Music Collective, a nonprofit music school in my hometown.  Every teacher I met in my time there has inspired me and encouraged me in every endeavor I’ve encountered, from putting together my senior project to choosing a college and a major.  I could not have improved as a musician as much as I did without their staff and my fellow students.  Even after I graduated and moved to Philadelphia for college, the Collective continues to help me succeed.  The executive director offered me an internship with just two years of college under my belt.  This experience gave me real world experience in the context of an organization I care about very much. 

     If I’ve learned anything from my experience with music education, it’s that passion cannot be discounted.  If you don’t love what you do, why do it?

Music Education for Our Future

Music has always been an important part of my life.  From choir, concert band, marching band, and the high school musicals, I was fortunate enough to begin participating in the music programs my school offered at a young age.  Not only does music education give students the skills to sing on tune and play instruments, but also provides other important skills that can be beneficial throughout life.

During music class in elementary school, each student learned to sing in tune, perform in front of an audience, and work together during different activities.  Each grade performed for the seasonal shows and had their first opportunity for public speaking.  We were all given a small recorder in fourth grade to learn to read music, and learned the importance of practicing.  This also started some of our future interests in band.  By fifth grade I decided to join concert band where I continued to learn the importance of hard work and gained more experience performing.

I was given a lot of opportunities in high school through the music program.  Four years of choir and marching band allowed me to go to Boston, California, perform in the Disney Land parade, participate in charities and walks for the cause, volunteer, gain a lot of new friends and so much more.  The marching band and the choir became a family.  We traveled as one to all of the events and competitions, helped each other study, and learned the importance of working together.  We helped those who fell behind, and pushed ourselves to do better.

Without the music program I would have never had the opportunity to perform in countless parades, competitions, volunteer at autism walks, nursing homes, the relay for life, and work with a large group of people that I grew up with.  We worked hard, practiced a lot, and had fun.

Unfortunately the budget cuts are taking out the music programs in many schools.  It will then be up to the parents to pay for expensive music lessons or dance classes to create the world’s future performers.  How different will the music scene be?  Will students still learn the values of teamwork, hard work, volunteering, and be able to perform for an audience before they are thrown into the real world?  Music education is more than reading music and carrying a tune.  It is the beginning of important values, and is the start for our future artists.

A Defining Moment in Music Education

Recently I’ve been challenged to ponder the importance of music education, a luxury I was lucky enough to have for nine years of my life in grade school. While asking myself what I think music education has done for me, along with my peers, one specific moment stands out clearly.
In eighth grade, our music teacher decided to begin doing a spring show that would hopefully become annual. The theme of the show that year was “Destination America” and each grade was given a certain genre to perform, eighth grade being given rock and roll. We had performances by Billy Joel, Blondie, Elvis and, yours truly, Joan Jett, among many others.

Weeks of practice and anticipation for our spring show brought something new to my class (who had spent nearly a decade of our lives together)— Unity. We began to look forward to music class more and more each day. We could not wait to support and encourage one another with our performances. By the time we put on the show, teachers and parents could tell it had done something to us. Students were friends who hadn’t been friends before and my peers and I were actually showing an interest in learning.

It’s a shame it took until our last year together for my class to become unified like that. It is amazing what music can do for the youth. It helps break down walls among peers and it encourages one to dig deeper and discover something new. I hate the thought of youth going without music education and the experience it can bring to an individual and a community. Just like my eighth grade class, the Philadelphia youth need music education to work as a fuse among them. The Quarterly strives to fundraise for Rock to the Future, a charity that provides music education for underprivileged youth in Philadelphia. With these efforts, I hope to see an increase in music education for the youth in the near future.

The Quarterly:What is Service? Martin Luther King Day

      In today’s age , it is no question we live in a land of diversity. Today we celebrate Martin Luther King Day as a day of service. What does service mean to you? Does it mean, helping your fellow neighbors or does it mean helping out your community at a charity event? At The Quarterly we are dedicated to helping small businesses,artists,and musicians find a means for networking. Secondly , we aim to raise money for music education in Philadelphia. Music education is an important aspect of every child’s right and we believe that on this day of service, we want to remind you that music is something that should be dedicated for all. 

#Musicforall 

Happy Martin Luther King Day

Brian