Music from  the heart

Music from the heart

South Pasadena’s Green Brooms Music Academy opens Sunday with a benefit for Kidspace Children’s Museum

By Carl Kozlowski 09/11/2013

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Manuel and Gyllian Lozano founded the Green Brooms Music Academy in Santa Monica in 2008 in order to teach anyone who picks up an instrument how to play from the heart, a principle they espoused for 15 years before that while teaching lessons from their condo.   

Now they’re bringing their message to South Pasadena, where they’re opening a second Green Brooms location on Sunday. Having taught people ranging in age from 4 to 80 — including a class of schizophrenic adults — the pair is eager to reach out to the San Gabriel Valley with a special opening day benefit for Pasadena’s Kidspace Children’s Museum, in which half-hour classes will be offered for $10, rather than the regular price of $38. All money raised that day will be donated to Kidspace.

“Gyllian had been teaching over 25 voice and piano students each week at our condo and our living room had become a busy lobby from 3 to 8 p.m.,” says Manuel Lozano. “She was a musician and music educator and I had a sales and business development background, so we started Green Brooms Music Academy in a two-room teaching facility in 2008.”

Two years later, he explained, the business expanded to a larger facility, where today more than 350 students take weekly private music lessons.

“It’s now our full-time jobs, plus we have three staff members and over 20 instructors,” he said.
Green Brooms offers lessons in numerous instruments including voice, piano, guitar, drums, violin and ukulele. They are launching their South Pasadena location with 10 instructors and six teaching rooms and can accommodate more than 200 students a week.

The school’s partnership with Kidspace came about when the Lozanos asked the Pasadena Community Foundation to suggest a local nonprofit that worked with and benefited children. They admired the museum’s work in helping kids learn about science and discovering nature, a theme that built on their decision to select South Pasadena due to “the community’s affinity for the arts and high regard for education,” as Manuel Lozano said.
“Although I do enormously appreciate the dedication and sheer determination that it takes to be a virtuoso or professional musician, I know that most music lovers do not necessarily dream this grandly and not everyone has the same motivation for learning or takes the same musical path,” says Gyllian Lozano.

“Does this mean then that this sacred gift of music, this unending source of passion and joy, is off-limits for most people? I never thought so. And I’ve spent a great deal of my life proving that music is for every man, woman and child who desires to open themselves to it.”  

Green Brooms Music Academy hosts a grand opening benefit for Kidspace Children’s Museum from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at 803 Fremont Ave., South Pasadena. $10 class reservations must be made in advance. Call (626) 808-4031 or visit greenbrooms.com.

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