Music Together of Portland just won a Totally Awesome Award for the Most Awesome Magical Music Class in Portland. We recently spoke to them about their experience as a business owner, the best advice they’ve ever received and more. Hear what they have to say below!
Red Tricycle: Your community recently voted you “Most Awesome Magical Music Class” – what do your customers value most about your business?
Music Together of Portland: Our families value the awesome experience of making music in a community and seeing how their little ones grow musically. They love our teachers who are musical, spontaneous, silly and trained to use movement, instruments, made up verses and dance to involve the children and adults at their own level. They value how making music at this age enhances verbal, social and cognitive skills and how easy and important it is to incorporate music in their lives all the time.
RT: What do you want people to know about your business that they don’t already know?
MTP: Music Together of Portland is the largest Music Together center in the world with over 1350 families making music with us every term. That our teachers have diverse backgrounds from musical theater performers to square dance callers, to Masters in Education and Social Work, to singer/songwriters etc. and most are parents themselves who have experienced Music Together with their children.
RT: How did your business get started and what was the motivation?
MTP: We (Bonnie Singer and Mary Beth Camp) had a passion for motivating young children and their families to make music because of our own experiences in our families and found the Music Together national curriculum to be research-based, developmentally appropriate, brilliant but most of all FUN!
RT: Tell us, what do you start your morning with: 1. coffee 2. tea 3. mimosa 4. water 5. all of the above.
MTP: Bonnie: coffee Mary Beth: tea.
RT: What is the most awesome thing a customer has ever done for you?
MTP: Made a donation to our scholarship fund thus allowing another family to experience the joy of family music.
RT: What is your biggest pet peeve as a business owner?
MTP: When one of our talented teachers leaves us. They are such a part of the Music Together family we hate to see them go!
RT: How do you keep your stress levels down?
MTP: Exercise, we both are avid walkers and hikers!
RT: What’s your secret superhero power as a business owner?
MTP: Wonder Woman of course!
RT: Tell us, what is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received (as a parent or business owner)?
MTP: Always run your business with integrity, whether it is with your customers or staff.
RT: How about the worst piece of advice you’ve ever received?
MTP: Don’t open up a center in Northeast Portland as the medium income is not high enough. Northeast Portland is one of our most popular sites now!
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