We had the good fortune of connecting with David Lerner and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi David, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
Imagine learning how to write by copying prescribed sentences without ever having the opportunity to write anything original. This is what happens all too often with music education. During my six-year elementary music teaching career I discovered that giving students the freedom to creatively explore composition on their own led to more curious, engaged and knowledgeable learners. I searched for tools to amplify these teaching principles, but was unable to find immersive and self-driven pedagogical materials. That’s how Learner’s Education was born.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
The first major milestone of Lerner’s Education was launching its debut app, Music Tales, in the App Store and Google Play. Music Tales is an interactive storybook with music lessons that foster creativity and encourage children to share their ideas with family and friends. This has been a six year journey of writing stories, sound production, working with an illustrator, two different app developing companies, all while creating a low-budget business structure to support it. This meant I needed to acquire new skills, some of which I had never thought of learning before. Thankfully we live in a time when so many creators are sharing their expertise online. To give back to that community of sharers, Lerner’s Education simultaneously launched a music and percussion YouTube channel.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
First things first: Pluckers wings. We would then have to check out some of the great ramen, pho, and Korean BBQ places that a city as diverse as Houston has to offer. Our itinerary would include Houston’s museums and zoo, as well as Miller Outdoor Theater, one of my favorite places to take people who are new to the city. For late-night drinks, I would take us to Anvil, The Hay Merchant, and the friendly Richmond Arms Pub. Last but definitely not least, the trip would be completed by going to a musical at one of the many theatres I play for.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My shoutout goes to all of my students who fell in love with music and ended up teaching me as much as I taught them.