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LJS 217: Learn Music Faster with Community (feat. Christopher Sutton)

Welcome to episode 217 of the LJS Podcast where today I talk with the founder and director of Musical-U, Christopher Sutton. Musical-U is a music education membership with a focus on training and community learning. Christopher shares the impact he’s seen with learning music within his own community, and the power of musical social connection for your jazz playing.

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It’s been my personal experience with learning jazz that when I do it in a community with other musicians who are trying to accomplish the same things that I’m trying to accomplish, I learn much faster and much more efficiently.

This is because I’m looking at other musicians taking action. I’m watching them do something that I want to do. I get motivated, and I get to ask questions and learn from them. 

And when we pull all of our knowledge and resources together, it can become a powerful force in our jazz education. 

I’ve seen this as well in my students in all of my courses, and how much of a powerful effect this can truly have to get together as a community, even an online community, and learn together and grow as jazz musicians faster and more efficiently together.

So, that’s what we are going to talk about today. Today we have special guest Christopher Sutton from Musical-U, to talk to us about the power of learning in community. 

In this episode:

1. Musical-U and the community it provides

2. Why introverts should buy the idea of community learning

3. The psychology behind learning music in community

4. How to benefit from being a part of a musical community

Important Links

1. Musical-U

2. The Musicality Podcast

3. Inner Circle Waitlist

Brent Vaartstra
Brent Vaartstra is a professional jazz guitarist and educator living in New York City. He is the head blogger and podcast host for which he owns and operates. He actively performs around the New York metropolitan area and is the author of the Hal Leonard publication "Visual Improvisation for Jazz Guitar." He's also the host of the music entrepreneurship podcast "Passive Income Musician."


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