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Lessons, rentals, rehearsal space, performance opportunities — it’s a musician’s paradise

Kiran Wolfe plays drums during a lesson at Bellinghome School of Music Feb. 6 in Bellingham.
Kiran Wolfe plays drums during a lesson at Bellinghome School of Music Feb. 6 in Bellingham. eabell@bhamherald.com

If you are looking for a one-stop shopping location for all your music needs, Bellinghome School of Music in Bellingham might be your gold mine.

It boasts 15 teachers and offers lessons in everything from your basic band instruments, such as the saxophone, clarinet, trumpet and flute to ukulele, voice, classical percussion, the electric bass and more. There are private lessons, as well groups lessons and even free introductory lessons.

You can rent instruments, even rehearsal space. There are performance opportunities, and in summer there is a busking class.

No one is too young or too old.

The Bellinghome School of Music is the brainchild of Nick Taylor, who owns it. Backed with a bachelor’s degree in music from Minnesota State University, Moorhead, he opened the school in March 2017. He had started teaching in 2013 but decided it wasn’t his passion.

“I grew up in a musical family,” Taylor said. “Nothing makes me feel better than music, whether that’s sharing it, playing it myself or as a leader.”

His school, he said, is a musical center of community-minded people working together to let the world know that music education is important for people of all ages and skill levels.

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Kiran Wolfe plays drums during a lesson at Bellinghome School of Music on Feb. 6 in Bellingham. Evan Abell eabell@bhamherald.com

“We have an awesome collection of talented and fun teachers who care about helping people down their musical journey,” Taylor said. “We strive to inspire people to love learning by choosing age-appropriate activities and community involvement.”

Whether you want to try music for fun, are a beginner or advanced and preparing for college entrance auditions or playing on stage, Taylor said he’s got you covered.

The school currently has 150 students enrolled, ranging from age 4 to those long ago retired. The majority of students are between 6 and 12, Taylor said.

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Nan Meaker, right, gives piano lessons to Lander Wolfe at Bellinghome School of Music on Feb. 6 in Bellingham. Evan Abell eabell@bhamherald.com

“It’s cool to give kids this opportunity,” Taylor said. “I wish I’d had this when I grew up.”

The school also offers lessons in song writing and composition along with music production.

It’s a musician’s paradise.

“Our teachers not only work well with people of all ages and learning styles but are professionals in the music industry, themselves,” Taylor said. “From local, regional and world band tour performances, to performing, running sound or busking at the farmers markets locally, our teachers have the industry know-how and contacts around the country to bring that real-world experience to one place. Bellinghome is filled with people and teachers who care about the future of the industry and art and are inspired to motivate our youngsters in that direction.”

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Bellinghome School of Music

Where: 2512 Meridian St.

Contact: 360-922-0382; bellinghomeschoolofmusic.com

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