NEWFOUNDLAND - A love for music and the desire to teach has led one area woman to open her own music school. Carrie Adamczak, recently hosted a grand opening for Carrie’s Magical Melodies to celebrate and showcase a studio constructed by her husband Carl near the family’s home in Newfoundland.
Anyone interested in learning how to play the piano, clarinet, flute or saxophone can sign up for lessons. For 12 years Adamczak has been teaching privately, but she recently moved to Newfoundland and is eager to gain some students. There was a point, while giving private lessons, Adamczak taught 25 students a week.
In addition to the lessons, Adamczak is certified in repairing wooden and brass instruments.
Many families in the area may already know Adamczak, since she worked for the head start program at Wallenpaupack South Elementary School. As well, she is a graduate of the district.
With a love of music since she was a child, there was a time when Adamczak thought of being a band director, but she later found the repair aspect of the music industry and continued with that she said. But now, she has decided to blend her passion for music with her love of children to share her knowledge with her students.
As students continue to work and learn, Adamczak said she enjoys seeing their progress and realizing how skilled they are as they continue on. There have been some students, that Adamczak worked with for seven years.
Adamczak offers one on one private lessons where she teaches students how to read music and then possibly, go on to be a part of ensembles and participate in recitals. For the students she works with, Adamczak said she expects them to work hard, but she also wants them to enjoy playing their instrument.
Adamczak is able to teach classical to current music and because of that, the students can play what they wish. Classics are important, she said, because that is where the “roots” of music are from and students’ skills evolve since she believes classical is harder so the “level of difficulty opens the mind to creativity.”
Lessons generally last a half hour, but the first couple of weeks Adamczak anticipants more time may be needed as students gradually learn how to read the music. In addition to the students, Adamczak said she is in contact with school band directors to be aware of where each student is at.
Initially, as the students begin to learn how to play, Adamczak said it may be “overwhelming” to some students but she has to get to know them and determine their ability since “every kid is different.”
The need for instrumental repair, tends to depend on the student and how they care for their instrument Adamczak said. As their instructor though, Adamczak will teach the students how to care for the apparatus.
As students progress, Adamczak allows them to select the music they wish to play and at some point, she hopes her students will perform at retirement homes for seniors because, she said the performance is nice for the community and practice for the students.
Adamczak is in regular communication with parents she said, because she wants them aware of their children’s progress.
Larissa Laing was at the open house with her 5-year-old son Sammy to learn more about what Adamczak is offering. Laing said it is because of Adamczak’s location and experience with children that she was looking to her for music lessons for her son.
Trista Conklin was also at the open house with her 10-year-old daughter Breanna, to see what Adamczak can offer. Conklin knew Adamczak from the preschool. She did say however, that knowing Adamczak was a bonus to her looking into the lessons for her daughter.
Jennifer Hieber was at the open house with her 9-year-old daughter Gabrielle, who is interested in taking piano lessons from Adamczak. Also knowing Adamczak from preschool, Hieber said her patience and kind personality are traits that her daughter will appreciate as she learns to play.
The best part of teaching Adamczak said, is working with the students and seeing them evolve and be able to participate in recitals. Those events then allow families to see the success of their children
Come October, Adamczak will teach mommy and me classes for children ages 3 to 5 at Wallenpaupack South Elementary School. The class is through a community partnership program where students will make music crafts in accordance to a theme. Registration for that class, Adamczak said will be on the district’s website after Labor Day. The response she has received has been overwhelming and so, Adamczak is ready to start teaching.
For more information, Adamczak can be reached at 717-639-1469.