one teacher in your living room teaching at the same time as you.”
She said with the new facility, Backstage Music had donated some new music stands and Lowe's had donated chairs for the recital room. She also purchased a Steinway piano for the school. The building houses five studios total.
Curriculum at the school includes weekly private lessons, group lessons and ensemble playing.
“We've had the very good fortune of acquiring grant funding from both outside and inside of the community, which wants children to be able to pursue their instruments and interests in educating themselves and to have options any child would have in a larger community in the state,” Phillips said.
She said many people from the area had donated to her studio scholarship fund. At a national level, TurkishAmerican philanthropist and Chobani Yogurt founder and CEO Hamdi Ulukaya has also supported the studio. What's more, The Gildea Foundation from Columbus gave the studio $10,000 to help with utilities and rent.
“We are a nonprofit, and we don't produce products,” Phillips said. “We produce students, and those are people who are learning, and not things, so we don't have a thing to sell to provide us with an income to pay our rent.”
She emphasized the importance of the community's support to allow access to lessons for as many as possible.
“We are the community too,” Phillips said. “We are not the Phillips School of Music on purpose. Learning violin is not about me. There are thousands of violin teachers. It's about our community and our town.”
More information can be found on the school's website. The school can be reached at 662-323-6005.