Today we’d like to introduce you to Cori Jackson.
Cori, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I’ve had a passion for music as long as I can remember. Growing up I was in a children’s chorus and took private lessons on piano, guitar, and violin. After high school I traveled throughout South America, where I volunteered at an animal rescue center in the Amazon and a school in Peru. While in Peru, I taught English and music, and found I really enjoyed it! I returned to attend California State University Northridge, where I received a BA in Music Breadth with an emphasis on education.
For 5 years I worked at a music studio teaching piano and guitar. I also spent a year at Sierra Academy in San Diego, a school for children with special needs. During my time there I introduced a World Music rotation into the weekly school schedule, and acted as a one-on-one aide to a student with autism.
I soon decided that I wanted to create my own service for music lessons that catered towards all types of students. I am now working on developing Mind on Music Education to offer convenient music lessons for children, toddlers, adults, seniors, professionals, beginners, and special needs students!
Has it been a smooth road?
The hardest part was fully committing to the development of the business. This required me to quit my job and basically start over! I had to rebuild a student base and handle all other aspects of a business- marketing, scheduling, accounting, web design, etc. It was a lot of work to get things up and running (and still is), but I happily take on the challenges because I have a great passion for what I do.
So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the Mind on Music Education story. Tell us more about the business.
Mind on Music Education was established in 2016 and embraces every type of student and all styles of music. Started with the intent of teaching children, we have grown to include lessons for adults, seniors, and students with special needs.
We strive to provide a positive and encouraging environment where students are motivated to learn, and grow to find a love and understanding of music.
I am most proud of our company attitude towards music education. We do not have a strict standard that every teacher abides by, because every student is different. It is really about finding out how music fits in and works for each person. We also try to be very accommodating about situations and schedules, and see every student and family as unique.
What sets us apart from others is that our instructors have experience teaching not only children and adults, but special needs and senior students as well.
“Special needs” doesn’t always mean a diagnosed condition- sometimes students just have a different learning style that requires a creative teaching approach.
I have found that it is easy to find music lessons, but oftentimes the instructors are not qualified to teach students with special needs. I have also found that it is easy to find music therapy, but that doesn’t include consistently learning an instrument. Mind on Music can work with all sorts of student needs, like ADHD, autism, dyslexia, emotional and behavioral disorders, memory loss, arthritis, anxiety, self-confidence, etc. Students learn the skill of reading music and playing an instrument, and through this can improve other aspects of their life and cognitive processes.
How do you think the industry will change over the next decade?
I think people are becoming more aware of the cognitive effects of music education and how beneficial music is in a school setting. I believe music education in school is just as important as other subjects, and I hope to see funding changes in the future.
For Mind on Music, there is always room to grow by expanding our student and teacher base. In the next 5 years we also hope to add more instrument options like voice, violin, clarinet, cello, flute, etc.
- First Lesson Free!
- 4 lessons (30 min) . . . . . . . . . . $150/month
- 4 lessons (45 min) . . . . . . . . . . $230/month
- 4 lessons (60 min) . . . . . . . . . . $285/month
- Address: 1329 E Thousand Oaks Blvd., Ste. 122
- Website: www.MindOnMusicEducation.com
- Phone: (858) 395-6261
- Email: info@MindOnMusicEducation.com
- Facebook: www.facebook.com/mindonmusiceducation
- Yelp: https://www.yelp.com/biz/mind-on-music-education-west-hills-2