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I Had a Revelation

South Plains CollegeI’ve had colleges on my mind a lot lately. Teaching at Berklee College of Music, talking to music college faculty around the country, discussing my teaching with professors… colleges have been on my mind.

Plus, my daughter is a junior in high school, so we’re looking for a college for her. She’s a good softball player; and she wants to study elementary education. So the reality of the cost of a college education is front and center in my life at the moment!

Then it struck me – people will spend from $20,000 (at a state university) to over $50,000 (at places like Juilliard and Berklee) each year (now multiply that times 4 for the 4 years needed!) to get a college degree with the hope of getting a job that pays well after they’ve graduated.

College music students learn music theory, music business, composition, music history, they work in the school studio, play recitals… all with the hope to come out of college and become successful in the music industry.

This last year, numerous college professors and faculty told me they realize their graduates are not prepared to put on a live show – that the students don’t understand performance from the stage at all! So some of these educators are starting to integrate my Live Music Method into their curriculum.

Learning the Live Music Method is like learning any other method or theory. It takes time, it takes study, and it takes an intentional effort. Time, study, and intent are needed to master playing the guitar or piano, or learning to write songs – it’s no different with learning what you need to do from the stage.

So I’ve got good new and bad news. The good news is that if you want a career, or if you want to be better from stage… you don’t have to spend $200,000 (or even $80,000) to learn my Live Music Method.

It won’t take you 4 years away at college to get this training. You can learn it in a number of ways (through our DVDs, workshops, and curriculum) at a small fraction of the cost that it takes for a 4-year college.

The bad news (maybe not bad… just reality): you still have to be intentional about learning, and it will still take time, energy, and a little bit of money to learn the Live Music Method. But you need to learn it!

Then when you’ve learned these concepts, studied the DVDs, attended a Bootcamp and other workshops, woodshedded and practiced (just like you would in a rehearsal room at college), give us a call.

A Live Music Producer will come in and help you get ready for your show or tour or showcase, and we won’t have to start from scratch! (After all, a producer in the studio doesn’t teach you how to play guitar or write songs – you’ve already spent the time, energy, and money to do that before you get into the studio with a producer.)

Learn, study, practice, apply. And these are the proper steps to learn any craft!

Tom Jackson

Tom is uniquely talented and skilled at transforming an artist's live show into a magical experience for the audience; helping artists at every level create a live show that is engaging and memorable, teaching them to exceed their audiences' expectations and to create fans for life. Tom has taught indie and major artists of every genre. He has worked with Taylor Swift, Le Crae, Home Free, The Tenors, Shawn Mendes, The Band Perry, Francesca Battistelli, Jars of Clay, & many more. Tom also teaches at colleges, conferences and events worldwide.

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  1. Terri Lee says:

    Looking forward to Tom Jackson’s book on Live Music Production being published and sold this year and getting copies to give to musician/singer/songwriter friends. I’m not a big reader…books ususally put me to sleep but reading about this TJP stuff is fascinating to me. Glad to see that the concept is starting to be incorporated into higher education settings. The more music folks that learn this stuff, the less the chance of attending boring “live” shows. Believe me, I have been to too many of them and I’m getting tired of wasting my money and being disappointed. I want more of the “live” music to be exciting again and worth the time, money and effort it takes to attend a show.

  2. Hi Daniel-

    I actually laughed out loud when I read your statement “they tell me I think too much!”. 😉 I have gotten that feedback MANY times, when it comes to learning Tom’s method as well as the preparation I did to become a guitar player and teacher and business person.

    Thinking really is a GOOD thing, and trust me, it will pay off. Keep it up!

    I’m not in a situation where I had to convince band members of anything. When I share Tom’s method with friends and colleagues, most agree it’s cool and a few really really latch on to it like I did – but the “You think too much” response is definitely prevalent. My students, on the other hand, absolutely love it. I think if you can get your bandmates to come to a Bootcamp, they’ll see the proof for themselves. Just my thoughts. Good luck!

  3. Daniel-
    We offer a couple great services for artists just like you who have studied Tom’s Live Music Method and are looking to receive direct feedback on their onstage presence.

    The first is an Intensive Workshop. This workshop has a restricted attendance of only a few bands and gives you 2 days with Tom and his team. You are able to work with them directly on your performance as well as watching them work with the other bands.

    The second option is Video Critiques Submit videos, amateur or otherwise, of your performances and receive feedback from a Live Music Producer!

    Please feel free to email me, piper@onstagesuccess.com, if you have any questions!

  4. Ahoy Tom !
    I own and study nearly all your products, but I have hit a wall. When I try to get the other 2 guys in my Celtic Trio to rehearse introductions, they just tell me that I think too much. Problem is, I have no Idea how I “come off” onstage because these guys I have been with for 7 years don’t understand the question. How do I get accurate critisism and feedback of my own an stage delivery if my band mates won’t help ?


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