Today we’d like to introduce you to Taryn Lounsbury.
So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I knew from a young age that I wanted to be a musician. I grew up in the Catskill Mountains, not five miles away from the infamous Woodstock Music Festival in Bethel, New York. Music was in the town’s blood. Because of that, legends like Crosby, Stills & Nash, Janis Joplin, Led Zeppelin, The Beatles, The Doors and other influences of the ’60s and ’70s were an integral part of our town’s culture. I was fascinated by the way music touches the heart, no matter how stubborn the mind of the person who listens.
I was painfully shy, yet it offered me a language that didn’t need to be spoken. I began playing piano, but very quickly wanted to learn other instruments as well. I decided to pick up the violin and guitar and started my own band as a singer/songwriter. I was trained classically, however in Middle School I was asked to join the jazz band and immediately fell in love with the tones that a flat 9 and flat 13 chord could create.
At age sixteen, my piano instructor began to give me my own students as she became overextended, and I instantly fell in love with teaching. I graduated from Berklee College of Music as a songwriter/composer, blending the styles I grew up with into my own music. I moved to Brooklyn after college, started my own band as Taryn Lounsbury, and began working for Forbes Music Company as a full-time music instructor.
It was then that I realized how much I truly loved tailoring personalized lessons on different instruments. I was able to build relationships with many clients of all ages and abilities; it hardly felt like a job. Hoping to expand my songwriting career I moved to Los Angeles in 2013, and slowly began teaching lessons on my own out here.
Before I knew it, my clientele began to grow. I found a more central location for my home-studio in the heart of Hollywood and coined the business Blue Jam Music Studio. I hired a colleague of mine, Emily Hulslander, (another Berklee alum) to help with in-home lessons, as we continue to grow.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Nothing worth doing is ever without struggle. I moved to Los Angeles with nothing more than my dog, my keyboard, violin, and guitar. I had no savings and no place to live, so we camped at Leo Carillo in Malibu during a rainy January.
After a couple of weeks, I found a small studio apartment in Filipinotown, not much bigger than a walk-in closet. I took on a waitressing job at a local cafe while gigging and slowly picking up a few music lessons here and there. The first two years were financially stressful, to say the least.
There were always moments of self-doubt; struggling with thoughts of moving back to the East Coast. In 2015, my Yelp page started to grow momentum, and before I knew it, I had to quit the restaurant, find a bigger studio space, and hire another employee.
So, as you know, we’re impressed with Blue Jam Music Studio – tell our readers more, for example, what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
Blue Jam Music Studio is a private music instruction company. We currently offer piano, violin, cello, guitar, songwriting, and vocal lessons throughout the greater Los Angeles area. Students have the option of studying in our home studio in North Hollywood or taking in-home lessons in the privacy and comfort of their own living room.
One of the things that truly sets us apart from other music companies is that we listen to the needs and wants of the student. Nothing is more important to us than helping our clients meet their goals. Whether the student would like to learn jazz, classical, or pop/rock, we tailor the lesson to the student’s specific interests and adapt to their individual learning styles. Listening is the most important aspect of music, so why shouldn’t it be our teacher’s number one responsibility to listen to our clients?
We cater to students of all ages and abilities. Our clients currently range from four to ninety years old. We have worked with numerous celebrities that need to prepare an instrumental or vocal part for an upcoming TV show or movie. Various actors also come in to learn how to “pretend” to play an instrument, in order to make it look as realistic as possible on-screen.
At Blue Jam, music is not just a hobby; it’s a passion. We strive for our students to have a therapeutic, creative and positive experience. After all, “Without music, life would be a mistake.” -Friedrich Nietzsche
So, what’s next? Any big plans?
As we continue to grow, we are hoping to hire more teachers in order to expand the type of lessons we offer. For example, we’d love to start including brass, woodwinds and percussion instruments to our program this year.
Every year, Blue Jam Music organizes a free student recital at the ArtShare LA downtown. This is where students of all ages and levels get to showcase their talents for their parents and peers on a fully-lit and plugged-in stage.
What we’d like to start gearing towards is more chamber music and ensemble classes, so that we can start to form bands and musical groups for the show. There’s nothing like being able to play and form connections with other musicians!
- In-Home Lessons: $100/hour
- In-Home Lessons: $85/45 min
- Studio Lessons: $85/hour
- Studio Lessons: $70/45 min
- Website: www.bluejamusicstudio.com
- Phone: 323.536.3779
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bluejamusicstudio/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bluejamusicstudio
- Yelp: https://www.yelp.com/biz/blue-jam-music-studio-los-angeles