Monday, March 6, 2017

Are You an Entrepreneur?






You may be surprised to know that only 13% of people actually want to be wealthy, while 90% of the people only want to get by?  Many people say that Americans are money hungry, but not according to the Pew Research Center Social and Demographic Trends.  Only 13% of adults say it’s “very important” for them to be wealthy, ranking this personal priority far behind six others measured in a new survey by the Pew Research Center Social & Demographic Trends project.

While the majority of Americans wouldn’t mind being rich, they do not have the desire to do the work in order to become rich.  According to the survey, another 43% of adults say being wealthy is “somewhat important” to them, while about the same proportion say it’s “not too important” (33%) or “not important at all” (10%).  It takes a tremendous amount of work to become wealthy and most people are not willing to do the work.  These may be the people who prefer, like Solomon, to be able to rule over the people.    2 Chronicles 1:11 says, “And God said to Solomon, this was in thine heart, and thou hast not asked riches, wealth or honor, nor the life of thine enemies, neither yet hast asked long life.”

However, “A new study on entrepreneurship, finds that "27 million working-age Americans--nearly 14 percent--are starting or running new businesses, which is record high for this study, which began 16 years ago.”

When we study millionaires, it is consistently found that 80 to 86% are self- made. That also applies to Dec millionaires. In 1982 according to Forbes about 38% of America's wealthiest people were self- made. In 2012, the percentage jumped to 70%.  May 6, 2014.

Amazingly, the richest 1% of the people in the Unites States own about 38% of all privately held wealth in the United States, which is more than the other 90% own.  The 90% at the bottom of society own 73% of all debt. Ecclesiates5:19 says, “Every man to whom God hath given riches and wealth, and hath given him power to eat thereof, and to take his portion, and to rejoice in his labor; this is the gift of God.”

People like to emigrate to the United States because of the opportunities for them to become financially secure.  Most come here because they are factory workers. They find jobs in the factories and stay in those jobs for life, unless they are displaced because the companies move out of the U.S.  A very high proportion of them open their own businesses and become very prosperous.  It is very interesting that we live in a land of opportunity, but few of the people who live here want to take advantage of those opportunities.  Galatians 6:10 says, As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all them who are of the household of faith.”  They just want enough money to spend on the things they need and to entertain themselves after a hard day at work.  They are not willing to expend the time and effort needed to do the work of becoming wealthy.

The only way for people to become wealthy is if they inherit it or if they become entrepreneurs.  Entrepreneurship is for people who have great ideas to help the economy, and at the same time, become wealthy in doing so.  Romans 12:10 says, “Be kind, affectioned one to another with brotherly love, in honor preferring one another;  Not slothful in business, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord.”  

Entrepreneurship gives people the means to be flexible with their time, to make as much money as they want, and to help as many people as they want by creating jobs and a more prosperous community.  They reduce the dependence on obsolete systems and create a better quality of life for us.  Jeremiah 1:5 says, “Before I formed thee in the belly, I knew the; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.”


Additionally, the business owners help develop the communities.  They also provide financial support to charitable organizations.  A very small percentage of people desire to have their own business, but they transform lives with their business ideas in a very powerful way.

I am offering a workshop this weekend entitled "Learn How to Play Chords" on Skype - an intensive five hour workshop to help you master playing the piano quickly.  Lean to play praise and worship songs.  Register in the right side-bar of this blog.  Hope to see you, then!

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Piano Lessons on Line








Now offering piano lessons on line. Sign up for "Beginner Piano" or "Learn How to Play Chords."
"Beginner Piano" will give you the opportunity to to learn basic music theory including the names of the notes, the scales, the staff lines and spaces and how to read music. Learn how to play simple songs. 4 weeks, 8 weeks, or 12 weeks of half-hour sessions via Skype or webinar.  Recitals will be held at the end of the session.  Can continue the sessions if desired.  Recitals held every eight weeks.

"Learn How to Play Chords" is for someone who knows the scales and notes, but would like to be able to play music with chords, to play contemporary music or to compose songs. Learn how to read and play chords from a music sheet. It will help you add more "color" to your music. Lessons by Skype or webinar.
I am seeking to open schools all over the country  Contact me to set up a school in your area of if you are interested in teaching.

*A child aged 6 and up.must be present with the parent during all lessons.  Now recruiting children who want to sing in childrens choir for summer perfomamces.  Lessons will be at Avery Piano.  Contact me today.



Contact me via contact form on this site.  if interested. I will provide links to sign up for the classes online. Payment must be made in advance..

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Beyond My Imagination Gift Package



                                                                     

It is almost Christmas!  If you still have people that you have to shop for, consider my Beyond My Imagination Gift Packages, perfect for junior high school or advanced elementary readers.

The Great Beginnings Package consists of a t-shirt and a signed copy of the book.   Enjoy reading the book dressed in your matching t-shirt. Make it mandatory for your club members.   Let everyone know that you are serious about reading!  - $42.15, including tax, shipping, and handling.



The Hooked on Books Package consists of a t-shirt, a signed copy of the book, and ceramic mug. Sip hot chocolate from your favorite mug while wearing a t-shirt to match.  Sit around table and discuss the book with your club!  -  $56.98, including tax, shipping, and handling.



The Books and Beyond Package consists of at t-shirt, a signed copy of the book, a ceramic mug, and a set of greeting cards.  Looking for more members?  Use the greeting cards to invite more!  They will be impressed with your gifts. - $83.28 including tax, shipping, and handling.



All products contain the cover image of the book, Beyond My Imagination.  To see these products and more, go to the website.  To order, click on the Buy Now button at the top of this blog.  Make it a memorable Christmas for your family member or friend.




Thursday, October 27, 2016

Author Interview



Gail Cavanaugh is going to discuss her book, Beyond My Imagination with Bruce Newburyon "Talk of the Town" on WADK radio, 1540 AM on 10/282016, 10:30 AM.  Join us!



Ask about my Gift Package for Children which includes mug, t-shirt, and book.  This offer is available through December. 2016. 


Friday, September 23, 2016

Hockey Night at the Providence Bruins

                                      

The RI Kids Create Community Choir will sing once again this year at the Providence Bruins game on December 11, 2016 at 3:05 pm.  We are seeking more members.  This would be a great opportunity to show off your talent.  Rehearsals will be held at Avery Piano on Wednesdays at 4:00 pm.  If you would like to enroll your child, please send me a note on the contact form to the right.
Members must be age 10-21.  Any child who sings will receive a free t-shirt, free hat, free drink, and free popcorn.  Spaces are filling up!  Contact me today to reserve your space.  Sign up here.

I would like to acknowledge the businesses who contributed to the projects we  are working on:

The Coffee Exchange 
Fitness Technologies, 1385 Mineral Spring Avenue, North Providence, RI 02904
Unicorn Ink.com
Franchesca's Events and Design
Pauly Penta's Gourmet Deli
Xtreme Fitness

Businesses or interested parties can make a donation at the link  at the top right corner of this page.


Wednesday, June 29, 2016

The Patterns of Chords and Intervals






Anyone who wants to learn how to compose music will benefit from a study of harmony - the patterns of chords and intervals.  This will enable the composer-to-be , the ability to create beautiful musical compositions.  There are so many variations of the chords and so many ways to combine them with other chords and intervals.

Jean-Philippe Rameau, in the early 18th century, wrote a treatise on our modern view of harmony, which sparked many debates with the lovers of  Italian style comic operas.  Rameau was a pioneer in the new style of classical harmony, which included triads and chords.  Rameau, an organist and harpsichord player, was a French composer and theorist who wrote harpsichord compositions, operas, and ballets.  His work has been a model for students and composers since his death in 1764.

I am offering a classes on chords, triads, and intervals for anyone who would be interested in adding these rich harmonies to their music,  The classes will be available at Avery Piano in Providence, RI and on-line via webinars.  I will break them down into eight week sections, as the teachings can be quite intensive, but exciting.  Anyone who plays by ear, likes to compose music, or simply wants a more intensive way of learning how to play the piano relatively quickly, will find the course very interesting.

I will work one - on one or in groups and I invite you to write me about your individual needs.  There is a charge for the course which will be broken down into eight week sessions.  There wil be separate classes for children.  I do recommend that you have access to piano or keyboard so that you can practice the lessons each day.  If you purchase a used piano, make sure it is well tuned, as the correct sounds are very important in creating compositions and playing the chords.

I look forward to hearing from you.  Use the contact form.  If you have not already done so, I invite you to join my fan page on Facebook - The RI Kids Create Music School, where you will find more information on signing up for the courses.  Please share this with your friends.                            

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Upcoming Events - Rhythm and Keys

The RI Kids Create Community Choir will meet again this fall to rehearse the song they will sing at the Providence Bruins game at the Dunkin Donuts Center on December 11, 2016 at 3:05 pm.  If your child would like to join us, please drop me a note on the contact form.  Spaces are filing up..  Must be age 10-21 years.  Rehearsals are on Wednesdays at 4:00 pm.   Each child who sings will receive a free t-shirt, free popcorn, free hat, and free drink.  For more information, click here. 




It has been awhile since I last posted as I have been preparing for some upcoming events in Rhode Island.  I am very excited about the next three events I have scheduled and hope to be posting several more for this year.


Learn to Play Piano Chords - Bring Life to Your Music
The first takes place at Avery Piano where I am currently offering piano lessons.  Anyone who would like to learn how to play piano chords is welcomed to attend an eight week workshop where we will learn how to play  the chords and inversions so necessary to create harmony and bring more color to their music.  There is more of an opportunity to use the imagination in composing and improvising.  If you would like to write and compose songs, here is a workshop for you.  Dates and times are flexible.  No experience with piano necessary, but if you play by ear, you will enjoy this course. Please call or text for an appointmnt and then sign up at the event site.  401-297-6681.



Explorations in Watercolor Painting - Landscape Techniques
The second event is an art class in watercolor techniques.   If you and your friends would enjoy a Saturday afternoon or week night together, try this worshop in landscape techniques which includes a discussion of Edward Bannisters works.  Edward Bannister is a well-known Rhode Island landscape painter from the 19th century.  Although he worked with oils, and not watercolor, I believe you will find his experiences enlightening.  Invite your friends to your home and enjoy the discussion and workshop.  Adult and children's classes.  Host/Hostess gift included.  Please sign up at the website.  Dates and times are flexible.   Please call to schedule a class.  401-297-6681.  This will be one four hour workshop.

Rhythm and Keys

Finally,  I will be holding workshop and performance of African drum making and lessons in piano with Sidy Maiga, for children at local schools.  Children will learn how to make an African drum, while another group learns how to play piano.  The workshop ends with a drum and piano improvisation with yours truly on the piano.  Adults can book us for your own event.  If any of the schools would like to reach out and plan event for us at your school, please call Gail at 401-297-6681.

Gabriel Okara of Nigeria wrote a poem about the rhythm of an African drum and the complexity of the European piano in his literary work, "Piano and Drums."  He refers to the African "mystic rhythm" of the African drum and the "wailing piano," and the "labyrinth of its complexities" as he struggles to understand the contrasts between the two.  His point of view is very interesting, however, he probably is not giving enough credit to African rhythm, as some people do struggle with rhythm and never "get it."  At any rate, I hope that you find time to attend one of these events.  I will announce the date and time of the African Drumming workshop.