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Joining a growing chorus: Dixon music school adds classes, instructors

Jon McLemore, his wife, Ashley, and daughters, Olivia and Leola, jam out in May at Rock U School of Music in Dixon. The couple started the school in October 2016, giving lessons out of their home, and things have been going so well that in April they moved to their studio at 113 E. First St., Suite 160. Now, the school is adding new courses and instructors.
Jon McLemore, his wife, Ashley, and daughters, Olivia and Leola, jam out in May at Rock U School of Music in Dixon. The couple started the school in October 2016, giving lessons out of their home, and things have been going so well that in April they moved to their studio at 113 E. First St., Suite 160. Now, the school is adding new courses and instructors.

DIXON – It looks like the Rock U School of Music has hit all the right notes.

Jon and Ashley McLemore opened the school in their home in October 2016, and by April had moved up in the world, and into their very own studio in the mini mall at 113 E. First St., in Suite 160. Now, the school is graduating to the next level, adding courses and instructors.

Ashley, who had been handling the school’s public relations, will join husband Jon in the classroom. Jennie Smith also will join the growing chorus of voices, teaching piano and vocals.

Rock U is also adding courses, including Kindermusick, which Ashley said “really teaches all the basics of music,” including learning scales and rhythm. The class begins in January and is for 3- to 5-year-olds. Parents can drop off their budding young musicians for the hour-long class and pick them up when it’s over. People can sign up now.

Two new theater courses are waiting in the wings, starting in February. The all-ages classes will cover performance, acting and dancing, giving theater wannabes a leg up for auditions, or helping seasoned performers hone their skills. Details still are being worked out, and the couple hopes to have sign-up begin by mid-January.

The McLemores also want to bring in a drum and guitar instructor. The school already has someone lined up to give ‘em the beat, now, according to their Facebook page, they’re looking for “a guitar guy or gal” to teach kids more about the six-string orchestra.

Tuition for the classes varies, and more information can be found on Rock U’s Facebook page or by calling 815-441-0728.

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