by annascott cross
Nestled on Broad Street in downtown Dunn is an adorable little music studio called the Dunn School of Music. They teach a variety of musical instruments to people of all ages, but they aren’t just an average music school.
Amy Jackson grew up playing in the band at school and singing in church. She attended Campbell University studying Business Administration, but after participating in the school’s wind ensemble and taking music appreciation, she realized her love for music and majored in Music Education with a concentration in the trumpet. She went on to get her Master’s in Music at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She taught at Kerr Elementary for several years, until in 2011 she had an idea to start a music school. In August of that year, she opened the doors of the Dunn School of Music at her first location in Dunn on Railroad Street. As her business grew both in students and instructors, she eventually moved her current location on Broad Street in 2014.
The studio is made up of a lobby, multi-use studios that are set up for a variety of instruments, and offices. They teach five core instruments: piano, guitar, voice, violin, and drums. They also teach wind instruments often used in band, viola, cello, and ukulele.
The school employs around sixteen instructors who come from a variety of backgrounds including public and private school teachers, music leaders at local churches, and performing artists, one of whom is currently on tour in Ireland. They teach in the classical style, but the skills are applicable to a variety of styles and they accommodate to teach to the interests of their students. Students receive one lesson a week, and participate in regular recitals. They host a Christmas Recital at their facility, and they host their spring concert at Scott Concert Hall in the Taylor Bott Rogers Fine Arts Building at Campbell University. During their spring recital, students have the opportunity to earn trophies rewarding their hard work for the year.
Another way that the school motivates and encourages their students is through the Musical Ladder System, which was developed by a man in South Carolina. The are one of only three schools in North Carolina who implement this reward system. Every three months students take a test, and when they pass they receive a wristband and a certificate, and for larger milestones they can also receive trophies.
Looking at the future of her business, Amy says that, “My hope is that God is glorified in what we do here at Dunn School of Music and that we make a positive impact in the community.” She hopes to continue to grow in students and staff, and continue to offer more specialized instruments. In addition to this, she hopes to offer more performance opportunities, and to be more involved in the community
To learn more about Amy and the Dunn School of Music, visit their website https://www.dunnschoolofmusic.com or check them out on Facebook and Instagram @dunnschoolofmusic