Scott Perry's Pickin' Porch has moved to Studio 125 at the Jacksonville Center for the Arts in Floyd VA. He has made the transformation from a music store that gave music lessons to a music studio that sells instruments.
He started teaching Guitar, Mandolin, Banjo, and Ukulele lessons two years ago with about 25 students. He now teaches almost 50 students a week. When I visited him yesterday, he was teaching Alexandra Cox to play Clair de Lune.
Scott's lessons enliven the Center, staff members provide sales support when Scott is out of the studio, and Scott's students are exposed to the many wonders and services available at the Center. It looks like a win-win situation to me.
A few weeks ago his students were performing Blues and Country music on the streets of Floyd. After they played a couple of tunes, other musicians on the street began to join in. They were one of many groups jamming on the street in front of the Friday Night Jamboree.
Scott has a web site where he writes about acoustic blues and roots music and musicians. Take time to visit http://ohpapamusings.blogspot.com. Here is one of his articles where he shares his feelings about teaching music:
Scott performs traditional and original acoustic blues and roots music, and conducts educational workshops on blues music. He also has his own promotion company and record label Oh Papa Music.
He and his wife Lisa live on a 40 acre farm in Floyd County, VA, with their two sons.