[OUR BREAD AND BUTTER] Expanding School Makes More Music

Judah Barson, 10, works through a complicated passage with encouragement from David Rhodes at Larchmont’s Rhodes School of Music. Photo: Kimberly Gomez.

Judah Barson, 10, works through a complicated passage with encouragement from David Rhodes at Larchmont’s Rhodes School of Music. Photo: Kimberly Gomez.

LARCHMONT VILLAGE—Rhodes School of Music has announced its move, a couple blocks down, to a larger location at 215 North Larchmont Blvd.

Originally established in 2012, the popular music school has grown to over 20 teachers and offers comprehensive instruction in piano, string instruments, woodwinds, voice and audio production for over 200 students.

The expansion couldn’t have come at a better time for Larchmont’s musically inclined, as the new location will be able to accommodate up to 500 students seven days a week.

“We owe this growth to the support and loyalty of Larchmont and the surrounding communities,” said owner and piano instructor, David Rhodes.

Rhodes remains true to his original vision, ensuring students enjoy learning music while inspiring them to work on more challenging goals.

According to Rhodes, he has worked to create an optimum environment for students, offering quality instruments and accomplished teachers. Herbal teas, comfy sofas and free WiFi also provide nurturing parents some well-deserved downtime in the waiting lounges.

“Above all, I envisioned a place that was enjoyable for students, teachers, and parents,” said Rhodes.

The new studios will share the block with the village’s best restaurants and shops and promises enough additional teaching space to accommodate Rhodes’ growing clientele, which ranges from mini-music classes for kids under five to students preparing for conservatory and beyond.

“We wouldn’t go anywhere else,” said Gregg Barson, whose son Judah, 10, has taken lessons at Rhodes for four years. “With David [Rhodes], he [understands] kids and never talks down to them. Judah started out here doing ‘Little Bunny Foo Foo’ songs and now he’s playing Bach.”

Rhodes studied music at the University of Oregon and worked as a resident composer, pianist and music director at a San Francisco theater company before moving to Los Angeles and completing both his bachelor’s and master’s degree at the California Institute of the Arts.

All of the instructors at Rhodes School of Music are accomplished musicians who share a love of teaching. Rhodes said he looks for teachers with performing and real life experience in their field, but also those who can establish an instant rapport with the students.

“For our students, there’s joy from discovering something they didn’t necessarily know they could do,” said Rhodes. “When we show students they are able to make the music they love, it’s very rewarding.”

Rhodes School of Music

215 North Larchmont Blvd. 

rhodesschoolofmusic.com

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