Since she was a child, Corina Vanderoef has been creating art. She harnesses her artistic passion and her degree in fine arts to help students unearth their own inner Rembrandts during classes, team-building activities, and birthday parties. She and her staff have cultivated a laid-back atmosphere where participants—regardless of skill level—can enjoy their own libations, chat with fellow artists, and create paintings to proudly hang on living-room or doghouse walls.
Q&A with Victoria Treadway, Owner of The Music Connection of Pearland
Tell us about your business.
We are a family-owned-and-operated music studio. We teach all styles of music, from jazz and blues to pop and classical. We teach individual lessons and group classes, primarily in piano, for ages 2 to adult. Piano is the most sought-after instrument we offer, [but] we also teach drums and guitar.
What makes your business stand out?
[First of all,] we are the only music studio in Pearland to offer group classes. They are more affordable, more fun because of the setting, and create a more independent student. We have our own curriculum, so we are able to give songs that are more well known and fun. [Second of all,] we are the only music studio in Pearland to offer Mommy and Me and preschool piano classes. Our program focuses on the piano and teaches theory through characters and different activities. Once the students have completed the different levels, they'll know the notes on the keyboard [and be able to] identify the dynamics of music, find the rhythm and recognize note values, and play beginner songs.
What inspired you to run this business?
This business has been in the family for 15 years. Once I [the daughter] got involved when I was going through college, I saw the potential to move from a business operating from home to a music studio. The reason we started the classes was for the student that wasn't self-motivated. Some students need a more fun environment than one-on-one lessons. I also strongly believe in starting your children in music lessons as early as you can to help children with their fine-motor skills, developing perfect pitch, and loads of other skills.
What is your most popular offering?
Group piano classes—once a week for 45 minutes—[and] individual piano [lessons, held] once a week for 30 minutes. [We also offer] preschool piano classes [and] Mommy and Me piano classes, [both held] once a week for 35 minutes.
What is the best reaction you’ve ever gotten from a customer?
One of our students [was] in shock over the amazing progress her son had made over the course of a year. He started as a beginner, and the next year he was playing songs like Solfeggietto and Moonlight Sonata. She recommended so many students to us. We called her our biggest fan.
What’s your favorite part about your job?
Watching the students' progress and teaching them different styles of music. It's rewarding to see our students develop a love for music.
Anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
We care about each and every student that comes through our door. We never give up on someone who takes a little longer than average to develop their musical skills.
Through educational programs in English, Spanish, and other languages, the instructors at Language and Art Centers introduce kids, teens, and grownups to a world of new activities and topics. Daycares, camps, and prekindergarten immerse little ones in intensive curricula, while tutoring sessions and adult language classes impart subject-specific wisdom. Arts programs also teach students of all ages creative ways to express themselves through paint, music, dance, or alphabet-block structures.
Language And Art Centers stimulates minds with lessons that show students that learning can be fun. Music programs teach kids and adults of all ages to play piano, guitar, or sing and dance classes zero in on a particle style such as salsa, folkloric, or ballet. The language programs start early, instilling vocabulary and verb tenses into brains as young as two. While kids can pick up a bit of Spanish, Mandarin, or French, adults and corporate classes focus on English and Spanish conversation, accent reduction, and job-specific jargon such as synergy and addressing stapler theft.