Ronnie Notch is a Music Composer, Entrepreneur and now Curator of Notes for Life AT&T! Behind great music, there is great composition. Before Notes For Life AT&T, Ronnie had worked with very influential artists such as Katy Perry, Murphy Lee, Tef Poe, Corey Black, and Colin Drew. Ronnie has now elevated from music composition to composing a greater avenue for students in grades 6-12. Join us as Ronnie enlightened us on the elevation of Notes for Life AT&T.
What is Notes for Life?
An arts and technology program, developed for high school students, to show the relationship between the music industry as it relates to the evolution of technology. Imagine arts, technology, and entrepreneurship. Those are the three things we cover and make sure the students grasp.
Why did you choose music and technology as a focus?
I believe you really want to have an impact on the lives of young students and young adults. You need to meet them where they are. You’d be hard pressed to find someone that doesn’t like music. If I ask you ‘What’s your favorite song?’ You’d probably have to think between like three different songs. That’s how a lot of the young generation is. You really want to help them, and be there for them, and mold them. The best way to do that is through music.
Is this program free to the students?
The program is free to students, and we’re also working to get the program added to the classroom curriculum in different school districts.
Where can students sign up?
We are [actively] in St. Louis, Los Angeles and Chicago. [Locations are soon opening in Dallas, The Mall of America, Bangkok, Barbados, London, and the Virgin Islands.]
How has technology helped you communicate with the other locations?
Technology is a beautiful thing. Microsoft is over Skype. We use xbox one to communicate. We use these things to further our communication. I think because of technology, we perform better than some ‘brick and mortar’ businesses and we cut costs. We don’t have to get on a plane anytime we need to talk, we can meet in person anytime we want through technology at no cost. Our meeting and conference calls would be very expensive if we didn’t have technology.
What were some of the financial struggles you faced in the beginning?
Honestly, we didn’t have any financial struggles in the beginning. That’s how I knew this is what I was supposed to be doing. My background is music production, I’ve reached billboard [charts]. I probably have about 1.3 million sold in all of the work that I’ve done. But with everything that I’ve done before this, there has been tremendous financial struggle. Recently, I just posted a picture on Instagram of the paper where I wrote down exactly what I wanted Notes 4 Life to be. I didn’t even know the name yet. But I knew this is what I wanted to do and it just happened.