Even as a tyke, Jonathan Pharr couldn't be torn away from thrashing on his drum set. Later, he picked up guitar and bass, and from there it was off to the races. For him, teaching ranks pretty high on his ever-expanding list of musical passions. As owner and director of his eponymous music school, he oversees a staff of certified instructors, each of whom bring their own unique musical skills, experiences, and backstories to their teaching. The result is a welcoming environment where everyone from toddlers to toddlers who have aged significantly go wild on the drums, guitar, bass, piano, and violin or learn how to control their vocals and expand their singing range while reaping the lifelong benefits of exposure to music.
One of the world's leading producers of music and movement programs for children, Kindermusik by Love and Grow Music Studio runs classes and camps that children participate in with the support of their parents. Wee ones from newborns to 7-year-olds learn to sing, dance, and even play an instrument or two, and available take-home materials, such as song books and CDs, enable education to continue at home. Regularly scheduled playdates provide an excellent trial lesson, and with a group of at least six parent-child duos, groups can arrange their own musical party with a theme of their choice, revolving around anything from numbers to the intricacies of particle physics.
Not many people discover their life's calling by the age of 12, but guitar teacher James Gabriano did. Now well-versed in multiple styles of music, he started with classical-guitar lessons as a child evolved into serious music study at the University of North Texas, where he honed his chops in the classical- and jazz-guitar curriculums. James's career would eventually lead him to play for music greats such as Aretha Franklin and Kenny G and to share his talent and love of music with local children. During guitar lessons, he teaches students how to develop their skills and how to make their guitars sing, from the first chord to the last stage smash.
Although he’s been a musician since he was eight, Matt Burk started offering simple piano lessons out of his home in 2006. Nine years later, he is no longer teaching but his musical enterprise has blossomed to include 12 instructors, approximately 400 students, and classes including guitar, bass, drums, and voice. Operating out of fully equipped studio spaces, Matt's teachers follow a teaching approach that caters to each student’s specific goals, interest level, and schedule.
What services does your business offer and what makes your business stand out from the competition?
CULTURE! NAMS has been the front runner in music and art education in the North Dallas area for over 8 years! We've built a community here, not merely a business. We hope you feel welcome. A place where you can be accepted, encouraged, and FREE to explore the creative giftings inside of you.
Do you provide any materials? What should your students expect to bring?
NAMS will provide all the necessities to get your child up and running from day one. Canvas, paints, transfer paper, ect.. Most importantly we will provide an instructor who we've curated based on talent, willingness, and teaching capabilities. Students need to bring just curiosity!
What was the inspiration to start or run this business?
Non-curriculum based learning is interesting. The student can learn or become whatever they want. Essentially, it's up to the imagination of the student as to how far the lessons can go. Our inspiration is to teach the concept of creative thinking, thus growing imagination and deepening the art.
What do you love most about your job?
Teaching Music and Art? Being a part of community? Recording records and creating painting masterworks? We can't decide!!!