March 29, 2011
Mojo’s Music Academy Announces Move & Expansion
New Longmont Facility to Open May 2nd
Mojo’s Music Academy (MMA) of Longmont, Colorado is pleased to announce the opening of a new music teaching facility in the Diagonal Service Center, 1350 Ken Pratt Boulevard. The expansion will create a music facility unlike any other in the greater Longmont area. Following a soft opening on May 2, MMA will host a grand opening celebration May 7, with more events being planned for May 14. Details will be announced soon.
MMA’s reputation as a music school with an emphasis on the art of music performance will be reflected in the new academy’s design. The centerpiece will be a 2000 sq. ft. performance venue equipped with full audio and video recording capabilities.The new facility will also include an 800 sq. ft. performance teaching studio, eight fully equipped teaching studios, a lounge for waiting parents and family, a staff lounge and small retail area. The larger rooms will be available for performers seeking a place to rehearse, shoot a live video, or host a performance.
Since opening in 2007, the original MMA location proved adequate for the school’s humble beginnings, however high demand for the teaching services and the popular Summer Rock Camp program meant many students had to be turned away. Weekly enrollment for private lessons is anticipated to triple in the upcoming months. In addition to private music instruction, MMA will also host frequent concerts, recitals, clinics,and workshops.These opportunities are available for all ages and are open to the public. The Ken Pratt Boulevard location was also chosen in part for its high visibility, convenience, ample parking, and proximity to restaurant and retail establishments. MMA’s heavy foot traffic will provide an economic boost to its new neighbors like Deli Zone and Studio Boom.
Registration for MMA Summer Rock Camps, June 6-August 5, is currently underway. MMA is also accepting new students on guitar, bass, drums, vocals, keyboards, trumpet, trombone, saxophone, flute, violin and viola, with new teachers to be added to accommodate requests for other instruments.
The new MMA facility is the apex of a dream for owners Paul and Jessica Rogalski.Jessica, a singer, and Paul, a bassist with a Berklee College of Music degree, met on the local music scene and a romantic and creative bond ensued. Eager to head out on their own, they formed local favorites Mojo Mama. The joy and freedom from performing, writing and recording original music with Mojo Mama compelled the couple to share that experience with those still learning music. They envisioned a music institution that offered more than just private lessons, believing that simply taking lessons via a music store limited student opportunities. MMA was designed to develop student music skills, and apply those skills to real performing and songwriting situations.
The Rogalskis are also active participants in the Longmont community. Paul is President of Artwalk Longmont, Jessica has been a judge for Longmont Idol, and they have volunteered for many philanthropic events including work with the Longmont Humane Society. In 2009 they participated in the Boulder County Youth Workforce program which provides summer employment for teens. One hire touched the couple so deeply they “promoted” her from employee to daughter. Jackie Peterson, a talented singer, violinist and pianist, is now under legal guardianship of the Rogalskis.The great successes of Mojo’s student bands like Watch For Wildlife and Lower Ambush include performing at Denver’s People’s Fair,Boulder Creek Fest , Oskar Blues, Boulder Outlook Hotel and winning Battle of the bands.