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Old Boise Music Studios

More than a recorder


At the same time as buzz builds for Boise Hive (see Culture, this page), another musical nonprofit is drumming up support. According to Old Boise Music Studios Director Jordan Paige, the group will offer music workshops and classes downtown for all ages.

"Music and art programs are so lacking [in schools] while they're finding ways to cut the budget," Paige said. "There's a wide age range of people whose lives would be better with music. It gives people confidence and emotional stability."

Paige is excited to offer classes and camps in a variety of genres such as jazz and African drumming. They'll even have a ukulele program. Being a nonprofit will help keep the costs for students to a minimum.

"I just know of so many people who have said they've always wanted to learn to play guitar, but then think, 'OK, I'm going to go buy a guitar, spend $150 to get something decent, then pay a teacher $100 upfront for lessons. Oh, I have to scrounge up $250 together just to get started,'" she said.

Paige is working with Dunkley Music to get discounted rates on instrument rentals as well. She said her nonprofit will help elementary school kids learn something more than "the recorder and the glockenspiel."

Paige said she's going through the process of filing paperwork with the state and federal government. She recently hosted a benefit concert at The Crux to raise money for fees--more than $850--to file the paperwork. Many local businesses donated, including Goldy's, High Note Cafe, Proof, Boise Contemporary Theater, Treefort Music Fest, the Record Exchange, Flying M, Fiddlin Frog Foundation and several private instructors.

It can take up to a year for the government to process a nonprofit's paperwork, but Paige said she hopes to move forward anyway and offer workshops as soon as the fall. She also looks forward to collaborating with Boise Hive.

"I feel like it's the perfect interlaced relationship that we're going to be able to build," Paige said. "No part of what we want to do is going to compete with what they're doing."

The nonprofit shares space with a collective of private music instructors above Pengilly's on Main Street, but they're not affiliated.