Here at BMF we get to help so many kinds of students make the music they want to make for the reasons they want to make it. Aspirations of greatness and aspirations for a good time are taken with equal measure. What we’re serious about is making music and helping everyone we can do the same on their terms.
The student body here is equal parts adults and kids. Classical, rock, jazz, cyber, and folk students are welcome. Our teaching staff is just as mixed: from the conservatory-trained to the divebar learn’ed. This blend is what defines BMF—and the community here. We staff realize what a unique thing it is to be teaching here among peers with such disparate backgrounds. And then we go so far as to play together, like the recent Linda Ronstadt tribute show at The Falcon. There’s more than tolerance here among staff; there is genuine appreciation for one another. We look to one another as if to say, ‘what I can learn from you?’
We share music-making in this very same way with our students. There are so many kinds of people, students. And just as many kinds of music to be made.
The day we opened (four years ago next month) we established a scholarship fund. To make it possible for motivated and interested students to engage in music lessons and classes at Beacon Music Factory it seemed imperative. Because we are not a non-profit, the fund lives at Arts MidHudson (formerly Dutchess County Arts Council). The fund is pretty modest, but it is there. (more…)