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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.

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