Music Medix, a local business that offers music lessons, had its ribbon cutting Jan. 26, showing the community how music can bring out the excitement in the shyest of people.
The business is located at 4274 Gray Highway, Suite E, in Gray, and is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., and Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m.
Chris Pope, the owner of Music Medix, said he grew up in Jones County around the Highway 18 area. He said he likes how Jones County is a family environment. He said he has been teaching music since 2004, so Music Medix was his chance to teach it professionally in the town he grew up in.
“We teach guitar, piano, drums, bass, and the ukulele here at Music Medix. We teach the kids vocal lessons, music theory and stage performance,” he said. “They learn to be on stage in a controlled environment, so they get that experience before they move on in the world.”
He said lessons are $100 per month for 30 minute sessions, one day per week. He said if students miss a lesson, he tries to reschedule it before the end of the week. He said he is accepting students from age 7 and up, with no age limit.
“When a child can do 10 songs, we offer them a gig on the stage. When they have their gig, they get to invite all their family and friends. Guests pay a $10 cover fee at the door, and the student gets 75 percent of that,” Pope said.
The music teacher said after the show is over and the student is done signing autographs, they get their money.
Pope said he’s hired two teachers recently, Jackson McAfee and Kelly Starling. McAfee is a music therapy major from Georgia College and Starling has years of experience as a jazz percussionist. He said having the other two teachers around helps his schedule.
“I think kids today are missing confidence. I feel like the issues kids are having boils down to that,” the music teacher said. “I wanted to do something about that. Since I had a background in music, I started Music Medix. Music can make kids the trend setters and leaders.”
He said Music Medix is good for Jones County because music can help people release stress and cope with problems. He said musicians get the chance to create that music and are able to get their stress out in a constructive way.
“We don’t have a big music scene here in Jones County, but we should. We’re the home of Otis Redding. Every southern rock legend you’ve heard about in Macon, they all know about Jones County. Music can help people in so many ways here,” he said.
Pope said not only do his students learn how to play an instrument at Music Medix, they learn how to take care of the instrument. He said knowing how to change guitar strings and tune it up is important.
The teacher said he sees Music Medix growing and going a long way in Jones County. He said he wants a bigger location so he can have more room for his stage. He said he hopes to see more people interested in music stepping through his door in the near future.
“My favorite thing about running Music Medix is seeing the kids build their self-confidence. I’ve had kids come in who are very introverted, but they come out of their shell because of music,” Pope said. “One of my favorite parts is seeing a parent come in, shocked at seeing their child on stage, playing a song.”
For more information about Music Medix, call 478-221-3132.