My name is Jake Foland, and I am a multi-instrumentalist, singer, and educator. I’ve been teaching music professionally for the last several years, and have been studying and performing my whole life (and, in a way, before I was born, as my father and mother were in a band together while she was pregnant with me). The purpose of this letter is to offer a personal introduction to myself, and to offer a bit of my perspective on the importance and benefits of learning an instrument, which go far beyond gaining a hobby.
In addition to teaching and performing, I’ve also studied, and have first-hand knowledge of, the mental health benefits of music and music education. Benefits that range from improved self-esteem and self-worth, to improved memory and cognition, all of which add up to one becoming a better version of themselves. Learning an instrument also teaches patience, and shows that time, effort, and hard work lead to results. The benefits also extend to more tangible things, such as a means to entertain friends and family and also, once a certain level of proficiency is achieved, a way to make money.
Becoming a musician also gives an individual a deeper intuitive understanding and appreciation of the music they listen to on a daily basis. This enhances the listening experience and connection to the music, as it gives a deeper view as to what goes into creating it. One can go beyond this intuitive understanding and actually learn to play the tunes themselves, intensifying their connection to the music they love even further.
In my life as a professional musician, I’ve observed that the most important benefit that comes from learning an instrument is the ability to express oneself through a universal and primal means of communication; one that predates and transcends the spoken word. The combination of pitches, rhythms, and sounds that combine to create what we call music speak to us in a way that words cannot. For some people, traditional means of communication are difficult. Growing up I found it difficult to connect and communicate with others, but through playing an instrument I found a means to do so.
If you feel as though any of your clients would benefit from a music education, or if any are simply interested in learning an instrument for fun, please inform them of the services I offer. I teach bass, piano, voice, guitar, drums, as well as music theory and composition. I have a small lessons space within the Taking Control office where I can teach all of the above except drums, which would either be taught over zoom, or at either my home or the client’s. It’s a common thing for someone to feel like they’re “not musically inclined.” Even if one isn’t “naturally talented” at music, this can be fostered and developed. I approach music education as a means to further an individual’s growth in a multifaceted way, and I take the time to learn how my students learn. This allows me to connect with them and guide them through their musical journey more effectively, regardless of where their starting point maybe.
My current rates are $40 for an hour lesson, and $20 for a half an hour lesson. I have experience teaching special needs students, as well as students of all ages, from young children to senior citizens.