What services does your business offer and what makes your business stand out from the competition?
We have players that have played for the governor and they are here to help.
Do you provide any materials? What should your students expect to bring?
We provide the music and instrument. Just bring yourself.
What was the inspiration to start or run this business?
We have been playing in the orchestra and love the violin.
What do you love most about your job?
Spreading the happiness of music.
Though many people consider playing an instrument to be a lovely skill or hobby, the team at Dean Music Institute looks at it a bit differently. That’s because after a quarter century spent creating and teaching music, they have seen how learning to play an instrument improves both the player’s creativity and brain function, resulting in better test scores, memory, and decision-making skills. They also understand that students will reap the most benefits if they enjoy their courses of study. And so, when instructors lead group sessions in guitar or private lessons in piano, bass, or guitar, they set realistic goals in short assignments and dive into popular songs that students actually want to learn how to play. For those too busy to make it into the studio, they also offer lessons over Skype, and flash classes see instructors and students holding impromptu jam sessions at cafés, bars, shopping centers, and parking-ticket-violation hearings to share a love of artistic expression with the public.
At the age of 3, Ben Edgecomb became one of the earliest American adopters of the Suzuki method, a revered technique of playing the violin invented by Dr. Shinichi Suzuki. Designed for children with malleable brains and still-growing hands, Dr. Suzuki developed the method as an easy-to-learn approach that young violinists could use to develop a lasting foray into the world of music.
Keenly aware of his early success with the instrument—which led to 15 years of playing symphony violin, including four with the University of Wisconsin–Madison string orchestra—Ben believed the Suzuki method was a reliable resource for molding new generations of virtuoso violinists. A member of the American String Teachers Association, Ben got his start as an instructor in 1990, and continues to teach students of all ages out of his home studio on a weekday afternoon, weekday evening, Saturday, and whenever the family horse needs a haircut.
Signature service: Music production and recording arts
Staff Size: 1 person
Average Duration of Services: 2–4 hours
Brands Used: Pro Tools, Cubase, Logic, Reason, Studio One, Apple, Windows
Pro Tip: Bring a list of five to ten questions to ask during Q&A sections
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Sit down for a savory meal at their in-house restaurant.
This museum is more than willing to accommodate families, so kids are welcome to tag along.
Parking is provided in a nearby lot, so customers can easily walk to and from their cars.