Under the tutelage of her piano teacher, Bedell became an apprentice teacher at age 16.
In 2010, Bedell’s daughter encouraged her to open her own music studio where she could expand her business and bring in musicians to teach other instruments.
“We started with 40 of my private students and two or three teachers and 1,100 square feet,” she said. “Now we have 3,300 square feet with a performance room that can seat 70-plus people.”
Dolce Music Studio offers classes in a variety of instruments and has more than 25 teachers and 250 students. In the last few years, the number of students has increased exponentially due in part to Georgetown’s rapid growth, Bedell said.
Bedell and her fellow music teachers create their own curriculums and cater to students of all ages—from infants 7 months old in the Music Together program up to adults with professional careers, who come in for private classes.
“I never knew when I first started out that I would have a relationship with all these families for so many years,” she said.
Dolce offers summer camp music tours, offering between 45-minute and three-hour sessions with the intention for children to try what they are interested in.
In September, Dolce will begin to offer Rhythm Kids, a class designed for children 4-5 years old.
Describing the music studio as her dream come true, Bedell still treasures teaching piano and looks forward to continuing teaching, and watching her students grow and experience different instruments.
“It is such a joy to see them come running through the door, just so excited to be here,” Bedell said. “[It’s] even more so the second day because you think you did something right.”
Dolce Music Studio offers a variety of different class types, including private lessons, group piano lessons, enrichment courses, a student teacher program and a Music Together program. Some of the musical instruments taught include:
- Guitar and electric bass
- Ukulele, mandolin and banjo
- Violin, viola and cello
- 1221 Leander Road, Georgetown
- Hours: varies by classes/lessons offered