Homewood School of Music is scheduled to open soon.
Allen Barlow took a few minutes to talk with us about his newest project.
"Myself and Rob Gannon have been the guitar instructors at Fretted Instruments of Birmingham for 16 and 20 years, respectively. I'm a known Birmingham guitarist with a Bachelors of Music in Guitar Performance from Montevallo. Rob Gannon studied at the Musician's Institute in Los Angeles under Paul Gilbert ( Mr. Big and Racer X. ) I've been teaching for 20 years. I've also been a lead guitarist for the Black Jacket Symphony concerts such as: Are You Experienced, Dark Side of the Moon, Hotel California, Rumours, The Doors, Let It Bleed, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Heart's Club Band, and Abbey Road. I've been performing throughout the Southeast for 20 years...everything from acoustic duos in pubs to jazz for the Governor."
Barlow enthusiastically expressed his gratitude to Fretted Instruments for all his years there, while simultaneously expressing his excitement for the future.
"The mission of the school is to take some of the world class talent in this city, pool it together and provide Birmingham a central channel for finding the best teachers in our region. The school has 6 studios and a room for classes, clinics, and workshops. But it will be bigger than the location. We are serving as a "teaching agency" to help talented individuals find students. We have "off location teachers" in Alabaster, Tuscaloosa, Pinson and Cahaba Heights. We're offering lessons in guitar, bass, piano, voice, strings, drums, woodwinds, and brass.
"We expect to hire more people. We would like to encourage anyone who is gifted in the area, not only in musical education, but those who have a heart for enriching the lives of their students through music, to contact us. We will be renting the studios to anyone who has as few as 1 student up to a full schedule of lessons. I've been teaching 60 private lessons a week for at least 10 years. I'd teach more but I moonlight as a performer. Rob Gannon has kept a schedule of 75 students per week for even longer."
Homewood School of Music is scheduled to open it's doors on September 4th. It will be located at 1736 Oxmoor Road.
The website, which is currently under construction, is scheduled to be online by that time as well.