I just finished reading Chris Guillebeau’s The $100 Startup. Full of real examples and even one related to us musicians (Music Teachers’ Helper), I’m inspired and motivated to keep working on my own microbusiness.

Thanks to this book, I’ve realized a lot of my inaction is due to fear and perfectionism. One of my project interests at the moment is creating products to sell online, but what do I sell as a musician (other than music)? I’m exploring this by looking at various options, but I want them to all relate to who I am and what I’m doing at any given time. This book has inspired me to jump in. As a result, I gave myself 7 days to write my first e-book and I did it. You can find the product of this inspiration here. At this transitional point in my life, I have the freedom and ability to just go for it.

The $100 Startup also helped me realize that if I say I’m running a business, then I have to focus my actions based on making money. Focusing my time on 50 percent creation and 50 percent connecting is a relevant formula to take as a musician and begin tweaking your business. Whether you want to bring in more students, begin utilizing a secondary skill to draw more business or you want to introduce an array of products on your site, focusing your time is essential and can be tricky especially if practicing your instrument doesn’t do a lot for income generation at the moment.

I highly recommend this book. It’s an easy read. You can either read through it, or you can work through the book chapter by chapter. The accompanying website, 100startup.com, is a great free resource with downloadable PDFs to help you launch a product or a business. Everything is broken down into plain English and easy, actionable steps.

The beauty of microbusiness is that it’s often just one person. You can accomplish much by getting rid of the organizational red tape, and working for yourself. That in itself is a powerful motivator. If you’re looking for something to inspire and move you forward, I highly recommend that you read this book.

©2012 The Sensible Flutist, Alexis Del Palazzo

Update—life changes

August 23, 2012

Dear Everyone,


Please bear with us as some of us go through some major life changes.

The digests may not be as regular during this period and we may reorganize things.

In the meantime keep enjoying archived posts and any new posts coming soon.


With lots of love,

Laura and the IPAP Authors

Dear Readers,
Life can hit you all at once sometimes…

The weekly digest will return next week!

Enjoy the last days of summer…

All best,


Sibelius Update

August 11, 2012


Avid, the company that presently owns Sibelius, has released a statement. They say that development of Sibelius will continue, but is being moved to California. I also have a personal source inside of Avid who states emphatically that development on Sibelius is NOT being halted.

The move to California does raise some concerns, however, for the future of the software.  A good discussion of those concerns, as well as Avid’s official statement, can be found here:



Some of you may not be aware that the notation software Sibelius is in serious trouble. I know this is something that will affect many of our readers.  Apparently, all programming staff has been let go, although there is enough finished work to release one small update sometime in the future.

My understanding is that Sibelius makes more than enough money to survive as a legitimate business venture, but Avid, the parent company that bought Sibelius several years ago isn’t interested and, furthermore, refuses to sell the company.

More information can be found here:


First off, I thought you might enjoy hearing the original (and in my mind far superior) recording of John Williams’ version of the Olympic Theme, which was recorded for the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles.  The well-known Olympic music is properly called “Bugler’s Dream” and was composed in 1958 by Leo Arnaud, who’s teacher, Ravel, you may have come across sometime in the past.

For this week’s main work, I thought we would take a look at sounds and instruments that might not be with us for too much longer, starting with this nice overview of “endangered sounds” from the Atlantic magazine:

The Mechanics and Meaning of That Dial-Up Sound

BTW, Here is the website that’s referred to in the article:

The Museum of Endangered Sounds (fwiw, I actually still use the Nokia phone they have pictured there)

Two articles from the NY times, so, for non-subscribers, they’ll count against your monthly quota.  You have to love their use of the term “new.”

Electronic Woe – discusses a problem that actually comes up not infrequently in my music making  — the short life span of many (most?) electronic instruments.

Where Pianos Go to Die  – Don’t burn pianos at home


Finally, I was going to hold off on linking to this, but I’ve seen this article being discussed elsewhere over the past few days, so I’ll put it up in that hopes that we can start getting some action on our comment boards.  We have web traffic stats that prove you readers are out there in good numbers, but you never stop and say hi. LOUDER AND DUMBERER

p.s. For those of you who don’t recognize him, the subject of the very exciting photograph that graces our header is none other than Sam, the Olympic Eagle. Sam is the mascot of the 1984 games where John Williams’ arrangement first appeared.

p.p.s. Did you know that Michael Torke wrote a piece for the 1996 games in Atlanta?

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