“Music can change the world because it can change people.”~Bono
Home school students and E-students create a unique sound at Geauga Music Center. A trio of music instructors, Anne Marie Wolfe, Matt Salvaggio, and Greg Hillis, team up to lead The Maple Band. Home school and E-students of all ages who have been taking music lessons for at least two years are welcome to join practices Monday and Thursday afternoons from 3:15 – 4:00 p.m. beginning October 3 at Geauga Music Center, 215 Cherry Avenue in Chardon. “We want to form a band, have fun, and put a concert together,” says Anne Marie Wolfe, musician and owner of Geauga Music Center.
The Maple Band is open to all string, woodwind, brass, keyboard, guitar, and percussion instrumentalists. The band will play a wide variety of music. “We can play anything!” says Anne Marie. She plans to begin rehearsing Bach chorales to encourage listening and playing together and then expand the music selections to include jazz and rock tunes. There is no fee to join the band. Participants are asked to purchase music and to bring their own music stand to practices.
Geauga Music Center’s recent move to the Cherry Street location with ten studios and a dedicated classroom/rehearsal room lends plenty of space for group practices–and for more individual music lessons.
“I heard good things about Geauga Music,” says Jackie Moskal. “My son started taking violin lessons during the summer. Geauga Music Center is close to home and my son enjoys working with his teacher.”
Fifteen instructors at Geauga Music Center teach a total of 150 music students from Burton, Chardon, Chesterland, Concord, Grand Valley, and Middlefield. Anne Marie Wolfe hopes the October student drive brings more music students to the center.
Geauga Music Center brings music to the community by hosting events around Geauga county: amateur musician nights, Guitar Hero parties, adult music jams, and summer camps. In November, the center opens its doors to host a holiday shopping boutique highlighting local products and services from small businesses. Future plans include building a studio to record stories, audio letters, traditional music, and more.