KNOXVILLE (WATE) – A local music academy is expanding its business to help keep up with community demands for more quality music education.
The Knoxville and Farragut Music Academies currently serves about 200 students between its two locations.
“I’ve got one student now that’s been with me 12 years and I’ve really seen him grow,” said Comas. “He started when he was 5, and now he’s about to go off to college.”
In 2003, he opened Allied Music as a permanent home for his business.
“We teach mostly the most popular instruments guitar, piano, voice, violin drums,” said Comas.
Even as schools cut music programs Coma’s business continued to thrive.
“We grew about 35 percent last year,” said Comas.
The pictures of student success stories line the hallways of the academy. Comas says that success isn’t only limited to music.
“It helps people learn to learn,” said Comas. “It helps them with math. It helps them with temporal reasoning.”
Comas recently decided to expand the business to include a full time staff to better accommodate his current students and make room for more.
They will be also adding some retail to better the experience for students.
“Our main focus is music lessons and we just want to make things more convenient for our customers,” said Comas.
He hopes now with the expanded resources more kids will come in and give music a try.