BOYLSTON – Keith’s Music House recently announced big news: they will be moving to a new location at 220 East Temple Street in Boylston in early spring 2023.
“The new location is twice the size of the old one,” owner Keith Lewis said. “We will have six practice rooms and we plan to set up a cafe and a stage for the performances. We want this to be considered a legitimate place for musicians to play.
When Lewis opened his music school in 2015, he had 10 students. The popularity of his school’s offerings is evident by its growth – they have steadily increased to 150 students throughout the school year and 60 students in their summer program.
“We really serve two different groups,” Lewis said. “We have our main group during the school year and the kids are enrolled in our Summer Rock Sessions program.”
A common thread, however, is that Keith’s Music House has served students of all levels and has tailored its courses to each student.
“We have a student who is legally blind,” Lewis said. “He’s one of the most talented kids I’ve met. He plays everything. He’s like a superpower. You don’t see that all the time.
Like many businesses, Keith’s Music House has suffered from pandemic-induced innovations.
“During COVID, we were able to go completely virtual and 95% of our kids stayed engaged in their lessons,” Lewis said. “We have also expanded our adult student base and can now offer virtual classes for people who live far away or want to take a class during their lunch hour. Technology allows us to teach virtually, although in-person teaching is always better.
Lewis and his wife, Sarah Lewis, run Keith’s Music House with the help of manager Annie Balunas.
“Annie is my right arm,” Lewis said. “She is the glue that holds everything together. Annie was one of our students when she was in seventh grade. She has been part of our family ever since and knows what our students are doing.
Most of the teachers at Keith’s Music House have been with the school since it opened.
“We have a new Scottish voice teacher, and when we move into the new location we plan to hold a concert with all of our teachers and teaching assistants,” Lewis said. “My family members are all involved now too. My daughter takes care of our social networks and my son plays the guitar. We are all proud of this school.
Lewis spoke of his team as equal colleagues.
“I don’t have anyone working for me; they work with me,” Lewis said. “I couldn’t do what we do without them.”
Find out more about Keith’s Music House at keithsmusichouse.com.
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