Not too long ago, students who weren’t quite skilled enough to join the Lakewood Baptist Church worship band didn’t have a place to learn. They were left to practice on their own or find help somewhere else.
For Zak McQueen, associate worship pastor at Lakewood, that wasn’t good enough. So he came up with the idea for a new music school, Lakewood Music Institute, with lessons held at the church off Thompson Bridge Road.
“We started brainstorming about what it looked like to be local, not just at Lakewood, but kind of offering it for the whole entire Gainesville area,” McQueen said.
He said that vision grew to a vision of teaching people of all ages from around the county how to better play the music they enjoy.
It’s not just for members of Lakewood, but for anyone who wants to learn music at a discounted rate. Individual 30-minute sessions are $25 while 30-minute group sessions, which can include up to five students, are $10.