Whenever you endeavor on a long journey, it’s important that you time to look backwards on how far you've come! This spring, our family drove to Chicago and then took a train to Washington D.C. We didn't rent a car—we used the subway system for all our transportation. It was a lot of walking and transfers, but looking back on our pictures makes me smile. We did it! We made wonderful memories and had a ton of fun!
This summer, we have many improvements and upgrades and activities happening at the Studio! This has caused us to stop and pause and look backwards on how far we've come in the last 16 years. I birthed this company from the living room of my parents’ house, offering lessons to the families in the neighborhood and surrounding areas. The teachers I hired drove from house to house, even in the freezing cold weather. In 2008, we offered lessons at InFit in Albertville, when they were renting the old city hall building. We moved to North Ballet Academy in 2009 and rented rooms in the back of their building. In the fall of 2011, we moved into our current location, with only about 70 private students taking lessons. We've now grown to 300 students taking weekly lessons in Rogers!
This month, we purchased a new piano, added a TV to the waiting room for announcements, and hung up more framed student pictures in our hallways and waiting room! In August, we have an exciting expansion occurring! We are doing construction during the last week of the month to add 2 more rooms to our studio! Beginning in September, we will have 9 teaching rooms, so we can make MORE ROOM for more students!
As previously announced, we are in the process of changing our name from “Signature School of Music” to “Rogers School of Music.” We want to be FOR our community and more visible IN our community! So far this summer, we have sponsored a community baseball team, sponsored Rockin’ Rogers Days, and sponsored Elk River’s ArtSoup Festival. THANK YOU to our students and teachers who performed. It was a FUN day for all!
As we grow and move forward with new studio rooms, new teachers, and new students, it’s important we look back and see how far we've come! As we strive for excellence in everything we do, we strive to make every student feel valued and important. We aim to connect with every parent, because the teacher-student-parent triangle is the strongest bond that we can nourish and grow. Without it, our school would fizzle away. We've been doing this for 16 years and it’s HARD WORK. But my husband and I are committed to excellence, professionalism, quality education, and strong relationships within our school.
We’re so glad that you have chosen to educate your children at Rogers School of Music. This is quite an exciting journey and we’re glad that YOU are along for the ride!
Jen Hickle, Author
Since I was a little girl playing "school" in the garage with the neighbors, all I've ever wanted to do is teach. I'm passionate about passing on knowledge to other people!