Individuals wanting to learn how to play musical instruments got another avenue to pursue their passion earlier this year when a Blount County worship leader and Belmont University grad started a new business.
Music Makers, a local business which offers private lessons for a variety of musical instruments, opened its doors last February. After many years of teaching at a local school and participating as worship leader at her church, owner and head instructor Lori Kitts said that the time felt right to start her own business.
“I’ve taught music for years with worship groups, but I really missed working one-on-one with students,” Kitts said. “I felt like there was a need in our community for this, and I wanted to help provide this important service. It really just felt like the right thing to do.”
Located at 325 Whitecrest Drive in Maryville, Music Makers offers individual and group lessons for voice, guitar, piano and dance. Groups can be as few as two students or as many as ten. Lessons are for half an hour, once per week and are available at $60 a month for individuals and $45 for groups.
As Blount County continues to grow, so does the need for more musical instruction, say the owners. After experiencing a strong summer season - a notoriously slow time for most teachers offering private music lessons - Music Makers has already seen the addition of many new students, as well as new teachers and curricula.
Kitts said Kindermusik classes will be added in the near future at Music Makers. A recipient of several awards, Kindermusik is a music and movement instructional program designed for children under the age of seven. But it isn’t just for the kids. The curriculum gets parents involved, too. Using a variety of CDs, books and games, Kindermusik helps children develop better coordination and musical skills while helping parents better understand their child’s development, say the developers.
For more information about Music Makers, contact Lori Kitts at 865-679-1211.