A local music store gives its students their first chance at a public performance.
Music Mountain, a music store in downtown Erwin, is hosting a student recital on April 2. The first recital, which will feature piano and voice students, will begin at 11:30 a.m. The second will feature guitar, ukulele, banjo and mandolin. students and will start at 2 p.m.
The recital will give students who have taken classes the opportunity to show what they have learned.
“We really wanted to show how hard our students and instructors worked on their art,” said Lori Janis, owner of Music Mountain with her husband Joel Janis. “We want to give them that time to feel celebrated and perform for their family and friends.”
About fifty students will perform during the recital.
Students will perform a song they practiced during their lessons; some will perform solo, while others will perform alongside their instructor.
“We wanted to make sure it was a positive experience,” Janis said. “So some of them just aren’t ready or aren’t quite comfortable yet and we want to respect that, so we’ve made sure everyone involved feels confident and ready.”
Since opening their doors in September, the Janises said Music Mountain’s instrument lessons have been very popular and the store currently has more than 80 students. Each lesson is one-on-one and students practice for half an hour each week, although the Janises said they hope to start holding weekly instrument lessons this summer.
In addition to lessons, Music Mountain sells instruments and accessories.
“It was great to see how supportive the community and surrounding regions came from, and there was obviously a need for lessons in the type of format we did, so it was great to be a new business and feel the love and already see success,” said Janis
The recital will take place at Music Mountain at 214 Gay St. in Erwin; community members are invited to attend.