Almost every music student has this experience. You practice your lesson diligently all week, and in the comfort of your own home, you sound great. You can’t wait to show your teacher how much progress you’ve made.
But at the lesson studio, with its cramped rooms, harsh fluorescent lighting and grey industrial carpeting, you don’t feel as relaxed and confident as you did at home. You’re self-conscious and uncomfortable, and it shows in your playing.
When I designed my lesson studio, I wanted to create a space that puts students (and their parents) at ease. No fluorescent light, no cramped cubicles, no grey industrial carpeting.
Instead, I built a space that feels like home, because that’s where we often play our best.
It’s a clean, modern studio that’s designed to be comfortable and sound great (in fact, I’ve recorded fiddle and mandolin overdubs for several albums there).
For parents or anyone who’s along for the lesson, there’s a cozy waiting area where you can watch the lesson and take notes. Or if you need to catch up on some work during the lesson, just set up your mobile office and log on to our wi-fi. Or if you’d like to unplug and relax during the lesson, there’s a library of short reads for your short visit.
So, come on over and make yourself at home. That’s the whole idea, after all.
My studio is at 701 Randolph Avenue in Saint Paul. This is in the West End neighborhood, about midway between downtown Saint Paul and the airport. I’m right off the intersection of West 7th and Randolph Avenue, near the beautiful Schmidt Brewery Artist Lofts.