Two Professionally-Trained Musicians Open Classrooms for Children
MONTROSE — A new music academy in downtown Montrose is offering lessons to young and old alike, on just about any instrument one can think of. The mission: bring more diversity to the Montrose music community.
Located at 901 E. Main Street, the Precedence Music Academy, owned and operated by Montrose residents Jordan and Candice Carls, opened to the public on Oct. 6. It has been enrolling students for music lessons and its "Tot Rock" program for young children, ages 2-5.
The studio, once the Travelers Insurance Agency, is owned by Larry Sims, a local musician and member of the Montrose Community Band and Valley Symphony Orchestra. It features four studios and two classrooms in the building's 1,200-square-foot space.
Candice Carls said the Tot Rock program is "starting to pick up." It focuses on giving young children the ability to use simple wooden instruments to create various sounds.
"The whole idea is to give families something they can share together," Jordan Carls said.
Jordan and Candice met while pursuing music degrees at the University of Denver five years ago. Candice, 27, studied music theory and learned to teach children, and Jordan, 29, received his degree in Saxophone Performance. He said he is pursuing a Masters and, eventually, a PhD. They both have years of professional experience and spent many years performing on the road.
"I've always wanted to work with kids, and that was kinda our goal from the start, to have a place where kids could come and have fun and learn something new," Candice said.
Jordan said he picked up music at an early age. His first "paying gig" was when he was 12 years old.
"At about 12, I made my living. I've been a professional musician ever since," Jordan said. "I did the rock star thing and all that junk. I never wanted to be a professional musician. I wanted to be a teacher.”
Jordan and Candice agreed that working with kids is most rewarding when you are teaching.
"It's those little ‘ah hah’ moments you see in their faces. That is better than any rock star experience, I guess," Jordan said.
Eventually, the academy will hold small group ensembles, offer jazz groups, and even stage recitals and performances.
"We just wanted to bring more diversity to the music community here. To bring a higher sense of what music actually is," Jordan said. "Nothing prepares kids better than having some sort of musical education.”
Precedence Music Academy offers instruction on instruments including piano, guitar (both classical and electric), violin, viola, brass, woodwinds and percussion, and classes in voice, choir and musical composition and theory. "We're just providing another option for home-school kids, or public school music programs," Jordan said.
For more information on the academy’s Tot Rock program or to schedule lessons, call 970/964-4707 or visit precedencemusicacademy.com.