Today we’d like to introduce you to Melody Easton.
Alright, so thank you so much for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us a bit about how you got started?
I first started with School of Rock in 2012, where I acted as General Manager for the Baltimore location and later Franchise Business Consultant for the Corporate office. After taking a few years off from the organization to work in theatrical production, I was thrilled to have the opportunity to join the organization again as Baltimore GM in August 2021.
My career has been focused on arts administration, arts education, and artistic production. As a lifelong musician, I’ve been drawn to the School of Rock’s mission of enriching lives through performance-based music education.
Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way? Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
Pursuing a career in the arts is hardly ever a linear or smooth road. After spending over a year auditioning in NYC for acting work, I applied for a position in the artistic direction department at Blue Man Group.
Initially, I thought it would be a standard day job to pay for my New York City rent while continuing to pursue acting. However, I immediately realized that I loved producing and helping artists make their art. It was at Blue Man Group where I was also reminded of my love of music, ended up joining a band with some co-workers, and eventually started writing my own music when I moved back to Baltimore.
I’m very lucky that my day job and creative pursuits meld so well together. Music and art are an incredibly important part of my life, and I feel honored to work with our amazing music instructors and students on a daily basis.
Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
I’m the General Manager for School of Rock Baltimore, now located in Towson at 1270 E. Joppa Rd., Suite 300. School of Rock is the leader in performance-based music education with over 500 schools open and in development globally. Our success can be attributed to an unwavering focus on our mission: we are a growing, passionate community dedicated to enriching lives through performance-based music education.
Our students play shows at local venues like Power Plant Live and the Ottobar. Watching a beginner play their first rock show in front of a cheering audience is a truly magical experience, and I’m so lucky it’s part of my job!
Is there anyone you’d like to thank or give credit to?
I’ve always had an incredibly supportive network of family, friends, and teammates who have encouraged me in my professional and artistic pursuits. Our staff at SoR Baltimore are amazing musicians, educators, and leaders.
The community of students and families in our school are constant inspirations with their talent, focus, and kindness. I’m lucky to have the opportunity to constantly grow and learn in my role at the School of Rock Baltimore.
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