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Saturday, July 14, 2018

Tune your musical dreams with this new music institute in Gainesville | Life - Gainesville Times

Layne Saliba, Features Reporter at The Gainesville Times inform, "Not too long ago, students who weren’t quite skilled enough to join the Lakewood Baptist Church worship band didn’t have a place to learn. They were left to practice on their own or find help somewhere else."

Kim Stice gives a private piano lesson to Mary Grace Nix, 12, through Lakewood Music Institute in Gainesville, Thursday, July 12, 2018, at Lakewood Baptist Church. The institute, which is not limited to Lakewood members, aims to teach people of all ages around the county to play music.
Photo: David Barnes

For Zak McQueen, associate worship pastor at Lakewood, that wasn’t good enough. So he came up with the idea for a new music school, Lakewood Music Institute, with lessons held at the church off Thompson Bridge Road.

“We started brainstorming about what it looked like to be local, not just at Lakewood, but kind of offering it for the whole entire Gainesville area,” McQueen said.

He said that vision grew to a vision of teaching people of all ages from around the county how to better play the music they enjoy. 

It’s not just for members of Lakewood, but for anyone who wants to learn music at a discounted rate. Individual 30-minute sessions are $25 while 30-minute group sessions, which can include up to five students, are $10...

“I think our vision is just offering quality music instruction that will assist in the development of musicians in our community,” said Kim Stice, director of Lakewood Music Institute. “But what I think makes our music school unique is we’re trying to cater the lessons to the student’s musical interests and goals. So we really teach a variety of styles.”

Source: Gainesville Times