Week 5: Rock My House Music Centre

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When I was a little girl, I took piano lessons with Miss Hoekstra on Clothier Street.  I remember my three “ABC of Piano Playing” books, as well as the “Dozen a Day” exercise books, all of which were filled with stickers showing which songs and scales I had mastered.  Most of all, I remember how Miss Hoekstra taught me the proper hand positions by having me balance toy cars on my knuckles as I played.  Pretty cool way to teach a seven-year old, right?

You know what else is cool?  Learning to play music from a bona fide rock star.

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RMH offers piano, drum, guitar, bass, and vocal lessons.

Kevin Eamon is a 20 year veteran of the Canadian rock scene.  A professional drummer, Kevin has played, recorded, and toured with a host of bands since the nineties.  A self-proclaimed dreamer, he’s also the driving force behind the Rock My House Music Centre that opened this year in South Gower.  A music school, rehearsal space, and music store, Rock My House gives off a homey vibe – like you’re hanging out at your friend’s cool older brother’s place.

Friendly and approachable, Kevin is passionate about grooming the next generation of rock stars.  Currently, Rock My House has about 40 students ranging in age from 5 to 70-something.  Kevin gives drum lessons (check out his YouTube video on proper technique and grip), and there are three other trained instructors on staff who teach piano, guitar, bass, and vocals.

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Rehearsal space with mural painted by Kevin.

“Music lessons are a great way for kids to develop focus and build confidence,” says Kevin.  He recommends introducing music to children at a young age through informal play and exploration and suggests that the best time to start music lessons is between the ages of 5 and 8.  Kevin explained that music lessons benefit the young and old alike.  “Learning to play an instrument and practicing regularly is great exercise for the brain,” Kevin says.  It’s also safe and healthy outlet for stress and anxiety and it can improve coordination and dexterity.

There are two practice rooms reserved for music lessons, which Kevin plans to expand as the music centre grows.  In the other half of the building, which I remember as the South Gower Public Library, is the large, fully-equipped rehearsal space.  Bands who rent it save time and energy setting up and tearing down instruments; all they have to do is show up, plug in, and play.  Every second Sunday, the space is reserved between 2:00 pm and 4:00 pm for the Kid’s Open Jam.  The Jam costs $2.00, and half of the proceeds go to the Kemptville Children’s Mental Health Association.

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Scamp; in-house pooch and music lover.

With a great location beside a busy baseball diamond and soccer field, Kevin is planning on hosting outdoor summer concerts featuring Rock My House students.  Not only will it be fun for the community to enjoy live music, it will be a great opportunity for students to develop their confidence on stage and show off their skills.  Other plans include Rhythm Play for Moms and Tots, as well as rhythm and movement classes for kids.

As the mom of a tot who loves banging drums, I’m looking forward to the Rhythm Play sessions.  As a fan of North Grenville’s music scene, I’m looking forward to seeing where Rock My House takes us over the next few years.

Rock My House Music Centre

669 South Gower Dr., Kemptville, ON K0G 1J0

http://www.rockmyhousemc.com

https://www.facebook.com/RockMyHouseMusicCentre

613-258-5656

Store Hours: Monday to Friday 10:00 am – 5:00 pm; Sunday 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Rehearsal Space Hours: Tuesday to Sunday 10:00 am – 10:00 pm {by appointment only}

Music Lessons: Tuesday to Friday 3:00 pm – 9:00 pm; Saturday 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

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4 Responses to Week 5: Rock My House Music Centre

  1. Wagg1999 says:

    Great post Erika!! Very informative and grabbed my interest! – Ainslie B.

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