Why do singers think they’re more broke than any OTHER artist??

I count myself in that subject line. Or at least I used to. I came from a mindset of poverty – do without, you can’t afford that, you can buy something cheaper instead, even if it’s not as good.

You get what you pay for. You need to invest in your craft, have the supplies you need.

These are the requirements for a Concordia University (WI) art class, “Drawing for Art Majors.”

Nearly $70 in very specific supplies for one class.  Of stuff that will be used up and have to be replaced with more stuff at the same price.

I’m asking that my students buy books. At least one, maybe two books. Books that will cost $20 each  at the most. Books that can be used for more than just one semester, books that won’t wear out or get used up.

Photocopies rip off so many people.

1. The composer/arranger
2. The performer (if it’s a different person)
3. The printers
4. The office staff
5. The warehouse
6. The music store and all their assorted personnel

So I’m asking people to bite the bullet and buy some music next semester. Yes, we might still use copies, if I think of a song that’s not in your book that I think would really suit you. But if you’re a music major, or a musical theater major, you need to own music. You need to have a library of music that you can draw upon.

So if someone says, “What do you want for Christmas, dear?”


Not new socks.

Not new underwear.

But music.

You need these supplies to hone your craft, just like you’d need good brushes or canvas. I’m not saying spend a fortune. Go to Half Price Books. Buy things on sale at Amazon. Come to the MacDowell Club’s used music sale on April 29 (more info on that later).

This is what you need.