Music Matters with Dave Mastran

by Abby @ Quaver on September 15, 2011

in Music Matters,

It is my pleasure to bring you the first in another series on! Allow me to introduce to you Dave Mastran,  Co-creator & Executive Producer of Quaver’s Marvelous World of Music &

Dave’s passion – to bring the love of music to kids everywhere – fuels everything we do here, and I look forward to bringing you insights and stories from him each month!

And now, I’m turning it over to Dave . . .


How many times have I wished that my parents had made me continue with private music lessons?! I had one piano lesson in the third grade and then quit. I am really sorry my parents let me. Mine is a familiar story for millions of grown ups.

Why do kids quit private music lessons? Music lessons can be boring. Music lessons entail practicing alone with no social interaction. It takes lots of lessons to become even slightly proficient. And we know the lessons are expensive, so the parent isn’t about to pay for something the child doesn’t want.

But the parent has to understand that the child is not capable of making the decision to quit. Parents need to encourage the child to achieve some level of proficiency and pride in his or her accomplishments before accepting the child’s request to quit.

When the child is older, joining school band or choir can be the answer. There is social interaction and a sense of team work. The child’s peers are usually at the same level. And there are shows and recitals where the kids can show off their skills.

Quaver’s Marvelous World of Music is another answer.

While we do not teach kids how to play an instrument, we can fuel their interest in music and give them an outlet to interact & experiment with music away from their instructor’s piano bench. Our action-packed videos are fun to watch. Our online games at reinforce musical knowledge. And the best part is, kids can share their music with others in their virtual world, encouraging their friends to take an interest in music as well.

The main point is that kids need to be exposed to music. Many will find that they have an aptitude they never knew was there and it will change their lives. Whether the child learns to love music by playing an instrument or by watching music education videos and playing in a virtual world of music is not important.

What is important is that they are given the opportunity to enrich their lives through music. And that is what we at are all about!

You can read more about Dave’s role in the creation of Quaver here.

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1 Simon Horsey September 15, 2011 at 2:10 pm

Good point! I am constantly telling parents this and I will send the parents of instrumental students in our school to see your site. I wanted to give up piano myself when I was younger, but my parents ‘persuaded’ me to keep it up, for which I am forever grateful. I have lost count of the adults around the world who have told me they regret stopping music lessons when they were younger. We try and have at least one (small/low key) concert a month here and encourage students to start performing as soon as they know 3 or 4 short pieces. This helps them view performing as something natural and that they have always done, and also gives them a chance to see, hear and be inspired by the older students. Many of the younger performers say afterwards, “…and if I keep practising will I be able to play like him/her?” to which, of course, we answer with a resounding YES!


2 Abby @ Quaver September 15, 2011 at 6:02 pm

Thanks for sharing with your students Simon! Love the idea of frequent performances. Bet it keeps them from getting too nervous as well! Keep it up :)


3 Matt September 15, 2011 at 3:30 pm

My parents MADE me continue w/piano lessons as a kid, and now I am forever grateful! I remember asking them…

“Why am I taking piano lessons? WHY-WHY-WHY???”

And they would always simply reply:
“…To learn how to play the piano…”

The only response I could come up with in my little kid brain was…
“Oh, OK…” : )


4 Abby @ Quaver September 15, 2011 at 3:35 pm

Your parents are smart (and funny!).

So glad you stuck with it!


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