ARVADA, Colorado (CBS4) – The sounds of a skillful DJ spinning song after song flooded an Arvada parking lot on Saturday morning. At first listen, you would never guess that the musician behind the beats was only 9 years old.
“I’ve always found a connection to music, but I didn’t know the DJ would be,” Annabelle Suoots told CBS4’s Mekialaya White.
Suoots is a student at a brand new music school based in Arvada, first imagined years ago by musician Joel Zigman. This is called the “deeply rooted school of music”.
Co-owners Zigman and Sam Goodman officially greeted the public with an open house this weekend.
“It was like a real climactic moment. Very excited and very nervous, like a metronome going back and forth between the two feelings and sometimes both at the same time,” Zigman said.
DRMS is a five-room community music school and kid-friendly recording studio. Founded in 2020, its goal is to create a safe and inclusive music community. Zigman says he was frustrated with the current music education climate, which has been the catalyst for all of this.
“I’m transgender and as a former elementary school teacher at JeffCo Public Schools, the public school system has put limits on that,” Zigman said. “We have LGBTQ youth where the music is for them. It really can be a safe space. This is where I found my confidence, my self-esteem and my sense of belonging. We not only value their identities, but we want it to be part of their creative outlet. “
Zigman also encourages a diverse program.
“We want our students to have role models like Carlos Santana or Florence Price or Nina Simone.”
Students like Suoots say they are grateful for the existence of DRMS.
“It’s a place where I can communicate with people. When I come here I feel like people understand when I talk about keys. It’s always been like a safe place. I feel like it’s a way to kind of leave my soul, to forget everything and get lost in what I love, ”she said.
DRMS is is currently accepting new students.