Thrive doesn’t just give you another Zoom link. We’ve all got enough of those by now.
Before you kick us to the curb, let us assure you that Thrive is different. It's not a festival and it's not a course. It's a membership and here's how it is different:
Fundamentals alongside a whole lotta other skills that are essential.
We focus just as much on the fundamentals of technique as we do on the skills that help you strengthen your mindset and help transform you into a dynamic artist.
Yes, we’ve got amazing clarinetists - but also experts that will help you fill in the gaps in your training. Because let's do a little reality check:
Video and resource library!
Once you're inside of Thrive, yes, you get access to live events but you also get access to a high quality, curated library of resources, challenges and videos to reference whenever you want. See?
Hi, we're Don-Paul and Michael...
...and we are the co-hosts of Thrive360 for Saxophonists. We are both performers and teachers who help emerging artists optimize their tools, develop skills and create programs to help you break out of your practice box and expand your mind!
We will be presenting premiere saxophone pedagogies as well as expert coaches, teachers, leaders and speakers through the Thrive360 program who will share their wisdom and expertise.Read more about us!
...are premiere pedagogues and expert coaches, teachers, leaders and speakers who will share their wisdom and expertise in the membership and Thrive courses.
Check out our January to April lineup!
What you get! Here are the details:
A monthly theme
to get you thinking outside the box. These "elevations" as we call them are things like The Art of Preparation, Mindful Practice, Sound in Motion, Captivating an Audience, and so much more. They're magical.
5 events a month
split between a master saxophonist and an expert in another field! 2 trainings (60 min each), 1 rep workshop (60 min), 2 masterclasses (75 min each with Q & A). Don't worry, they're recorded for you to rewatch!
Workbooks & PDFs
to support monthly challenges and be a resource to you forever! Both the saxophonist and the expert coaches give you materials to guide your way. (And the saxophonists gives you some of their favorite exercises! Get those reeds out!)
Lifetime access to the video library of all classes, lectures and presentations. Participate live and be all in, or, come to what you can and watch the rest later. 100% up to you.
Private Facebook Group
Access to a private Facebook group to engage with musicians getting to serious work!
all other Music360 offerings! We have workshops, courses, and so many exciting things coming.
Expand your training with world-renowned performers, teachers and coaches.
Grow beyond being a "good player" and become a truly dynamic musician
Develop a strong, steady mindset, empowering you to push past your fears
Gain the necessary skills to build a thriving career
Receive continual support and guidance from your hosts, guests and the Thrive community on your entire growth journey
We know times are hard even when there isn't a global pandemic, and we we know that not everyone is in a stable financial position. The scope of and tuition for this membership as well as our courses are carefully considered to give you the highest quality offerings at the best value.
MUSIC360 is dedicated to serving musicians of diverse cultural and socio-economic backgrounds.Read more about how we roll!
What our members are saying!
“Musician friends, this is such an incredible opportunity that I *highly* recommend! The programs that they have passionately created have changed the way I think about practicing, performing, and what it means to thrive as a musician.”
“I highly recommend the Thrive membership because it has helped me stay motivated and inspired during my gap year. Each month, two guest artists are invited and we dive into their speciality topic. By discussing a topic in depth that both artists are very passionate about, it has helped me learn valuable information in a more deep-rooted sense. From engaging masterclasses to great PDF resources, the Thrive membership is a fantastic way to keep musicians growing and excelling in their musical careers. ”
“I would recommend Thrive to anyone looking to amp up their music life, and especially those looking to make music their life-long career. It's great to learn new ideas along with new repertoire each month; it really keeps things interesting! Every guest has something amazing to bring to the table, and it really is a pleasure, and an honor to get to work with these professionals.”
It's More Than Classes
- It's A Community: Being around like-minded musicians is crucial to our sense of direction, groundedness, motivation and perspective. Our Thrive Community Facebook Group keeps you connected 24/7 to support and the fellowship of your peers.
- Accountability + Support: Think of us as your pocket clarinet coaches, there to lift you up when you need that extra spark of motivation or knowledge. It's not about what you know, it's about IMPLEMENTING it.
- Drive + Motivation: The challenge of doing something alone in your practice room disappears when you know you have a community that has your back.
- Exclusive Discounts on other Thrive and Music360 workshop series, programs, lessons and tools.
- A network that connects you globally to professionals and aspiring musicians alike.
Who is this Membership for?
MUSIC SCHOOL GRADUATES If you have a degree or two (or three?) in music, and aren't currently earning a living in music, or are stuck and want to boost your career
COLLEGE or CONSERVATORY STUDENTS You're likely busy with school work, but you're still scratching your head on how to actually get a job when you graduate
HIGH SCHOOL STARS You know you're going to music school, you're already high-achieving, and want to soak up all the knowledge you can to supplement your college training
MUSIC TEACHERS If you have or are starting a studio, and it feels like moving a mountain to write lesson plans, Thrive360's elevations will give you a world of ideas
ANYONE who wants to play a bigger game, and find the freedom that comes with boldly stepping into your growth zone
This program is for you.
2021 Sneak Peek
The Thrive monthly elevations take a deep dive into a perspective of learning that you don't always get (or have time for) in school. Here is a sample of what the 2021 elevations and coaches will look like! Keep in mind: these are clarinet instructors below, and instrument-specific coaches will be announced based on enrollment.
January 2021: Fitness
Zach Shemon & Matt Kasee (Certified Trainer)
What does it mean to be "fit", both on your instrument and off? What does fitness look like for you and how does physical strength, power and endurance help you be a better musician?
February 2021: Mental Toughness
Jan Berry Baker & Caroline Christie (Performance Coach)
How does our mindset affect our motivation? And how can we train our minds to be resilient in the face of daunting or stressful situations?
March 2021: Sound in Motion
Timothy McAllister & Ana Maria Martinez (soprano)
How do we create and sustain a living sound through musical and physical gestures?
April 2021: Captivating Your Audience
Otis Murphy & Sasha Olinick (actor)
It takes character, charisma and confidence to captivate an audience? So how do you cultivate those things?
Students who enroll in the membership will get retro-activated access to Thrive 2020 (October-December). These classes were attended by clarinetists, but the elevations are useful to all!
October 2020: Bel Canto
Soprano Donata Cucinotta and Dan Gilbert (University of Michigan) gave us working knowledge of the physical and stylistic applications of the bel canto style.
November 2020: Mindfulness
Clarinetist Amy Zoloto and Mindfulness Educator Stacy Sims taught us how being in the present moment helps us rebalance, improve practice and performance, and boost performance in auditions.
December 2020: The Importance of Preparation
CrossFit Competitor Hannah Hardy and Clarinetist Jonathan Gunn (UT Austin) present their best practices for preparing for big events.
Sample Monthly Schedule
Below is a snapshot of what you can expect each month. Between live classes, prompts, challenges and repertoire assignments, the "elevation" or focus topic of the month, will help you implement your training in bold, new, effective ways!
Come to these events live or just watch them later, as you collect an incredible library of everything saxophone, music and so much more.
These images are from the Thrive: Clarinet membership, where in November our elevation topic was "Mindfulness". Remember, you also have access to the private Facebook community at all times and have access to class recordings for at least 1 year (occasional exceptions may apply).
Enrollment is open until February 28, 2021 for participation in February to April. After that, you won't be able to join again until May! So if you want to see any of the guests in the Feb-April lineup, you've gotta join now!
Still Got Questions?
What happens when I purchase?
What happens after I sign up?
I can't afford it $
I don't have time.
I'm already in school or take lessons, I think that's enough.
I'm afraid I will be overwhelmed with too much info.
Will I get 1:1 access to Don-Paul or Michael, or any of the coaches?
How long can I access the course material?
If I don’t play the same equipment as Don-Paul and Michael, will I still have a good experience in the program?
Do I get to play in masterclass?
The best value for your investment, this program takes the stress and guesswork out of how to succeed as a musician in today's world.
➡️ Go to the next level! Take your performance, artistry and career up a notch (or 2!)
➡️ Get "in the gap" between what school prepares you for, and what you need to build a career. As multi-dimensional human beings, there's tremendous learning to be had when you diversity and broaden your practice, your thinking and your approach
➡️ Bust out of the "box" with monthly training, prompts, challenges, masterclasses and group support
➡️ Clear obstacles towards ease of playing & make space for new growth
➡️ Discover a more powerful YOU