On the weekend, the Greenhouse School of Music in Nevada City reworded the message that was posted to its website Friday. While sounding more upbeat, it didn’t change the realities facing the school:
“In the current economy Greenhouse School of Music is in the process of restructuring to continue providing educational music programs. We are scaling back…not going away. Thanks to all who have worked and helped us along the way.
Rick Kirkpatrick’s guitar/bass lessons will continue as well as The13. Please feel free to call Rick for referrals and keep checking the13.org website for updates.
“A Sign Of The Times…
“Greenhouse School of Music is unable to remain open in our current economy. All efforts are being made to restructure for the future. Thanks to all who have worked and helped us along the way.
“Rick Kirkpatrick’s guitar/bass lessons will continue as well as The13. Please feel free to call Rick for referrals and keep checking the13 website for updates.
23 July 2010″
A post and photo from their grand opening in April, which I attended, is here.
We were hopeful of their success and are rooting for them.
One of the problems in our area: We have too many nonprofits, and in my opinion, a disproportionate number are dedicated to “non-human” causes. That’s fine, but we have to support the “human” ones first. I can’t think of a better combination for our future: youth and the creativity and innovation that arts brings.
It also is a reminder that we have a declining, aging population in our area. We need to reverse that.
Here’s the description of the school on its Facebook page:
“Musicians/Teachers offer high quality, affordable private lessons daily and in the evenings. Special workshops in collaboration with musicians and arts organizations are offered on weekends. Ensemble classes and camps – in multiple genres – provide supportive and fun opportunities to play and perform with other musicians.
“Our facility is 5,000 square feet painted in spunky colors with windows in every space. We have 2 practice rooms, 6 larger classrooms, an acoustic studio/ensemble room, a performance/recording studio, and a large room for early childhood music development.”