To continue the legacy of high-quality music performance in our community through educational opportunities for people of any age.
Our vision is to offer affordable music lessons to each student. Being able to afford lessons in addition to owning an instrument can be difficult. So many more students would be able to increase their playing ability with additional help. The cost should not be out of reach. The Conservatory will employ qualified and accomplished musicians to teach wind and string instruments, piano, vocal, percussion, recording arts, and music theory. Because there is no other institution like this in the area, we are excited to market our dedication to music performance education. Our instructors will have continuing education opportunities which will allow them to obtain innovative and engaging information to bring back to the conservatory and continue to pour into our students. Our marketing efforts include offering sectional rehearsals in middle in high schools for an opportunity to sit down with the band and choral directors and share the vision, build the buy-in, and allow these music instructors to see we have their backs in terms of producing high-quality musicians. Their jobs will become so much easier if their young musicians have the opportunity to receive affordable and enriched music education outside of school.
The Grow Your Gift Conservatory of Music was birthed out of prayer. It was during prayer that God spoke and began orchestrating to allow 25 years of playing instruments to be shared with the community through the offering of music lessons. For six years, a home-studio served as the location to teach music and was comprised of 23 students ranging in ages 2 – 69. Piano, being the main instrument taught served students as young as two years old. Clarinet lessons have served many students thus far.
In addition to piano and clarinet, saxophone is taught to two adults and two school-aged students. With a waiting list of 11, plans were put into motion to expand the vision. This vision encompassed accomplished music instructors offering a variety of instruction for wind and string instruments, voice, percussion, recording arts, and music theory composition instruction. The Conservatory targets middle and high school students, supporting band and choral directors to encourage students to continue in music education. Our band and choral directors pour their hearts into their music programs and very few opportunities are in place to cultivate the passion for music outside of the band and chorus rooms. With the Conservatory serving Fort Walton Beach and the surrounding cities, we can ensure quality music education is provided for decades to come. Additionally, the Conservatory is the only institution of its kind, truly dedicated to only music performance education without the need to focus on sales to remain viable.