Copperas Cove area music instructors to offer children’s music lessons, scholarships
By PAMELA GRANT
Husband and wife duo Jonathan and Crystal Owens with Rainbow Heart Studio held a garage sale Friday, Saturday, and Sunday in Copperas Cove to raise funds to create the Rainbow Heart Studio Scholarship Fund.
“The scholarship fund is for children who want to partake in music…Our goal is to help children foster their love of music and the arts,” said Crystal Owens. “[We] hope this scholarship fund will help keep those children off the streets to give them a loving place to be.”
The Rainbow Heart Studio Scholarship Fund will help those who cannot afford the regular rates to still have the opportunity to participate in Rainbow Heart Studio music classes.
Rainbow Heart Studio will focus on teaching music to children, including neurodivergent children.
For the Owenses, being inclusive is very important. They want all their students to think of their studio as a safe place.
“Our goal is to make Rainbow Heart Studio the happiest and most inclusive music studio in central Texas,” said Crystal Owens.
Jonathan, Crystal, and their son are all neurodivergent, so Owens said that he knows a lot about the difficulties that come with being neurodivergent especially just the difficulties with being yourself.
They are willing to make adjustments needed to accommodate any needs that might arise to help their students.
“We just want the kids to feel welcome,” said Jonathan Owens. “The goal of the studio is to create a place for kids to expand their creativity by using song bites that they are actually familiar with…by using popular music.”
Jonathan plans to use all of the musical knowledge that he has gained throughout his life to teach children everything from songwriting to production.
Jonathan Owens is a music teacher at Williams/Ledger Elementary School who got a scholarship to study music at UMHB. He received his music composition degree from UMHB in 2006. He has 27 years of experience as a professional musician, both as a performer and leading other musicians. Owens toured Europe with the musical group One Voice and even served as a guest judge on American Idol 12 years ago.
Owens ran a music studio years ago, but he closed it when he moved in 2008. He feels like now is the right time to start one up again. Group lessons are planned to begin in January with pre-signups available now. Each group is limited to eight kids per session. The Owens will be holding a Meet the Teacher night on Sunday November 20 at 5 p.m. with light refreshments available. The meet and greet will be held at the Owens’ home at 1303 Elke Circle in Copperas Cove where those interested can find out more about the classes offered and meet the Owens.
If you are unable to attend the event but are still interested in finding out more, feel free to email the Owens at email@example.com.
Jonathan said that his love of music began from an early age and was nurtured by his mother who introduced him to classical piano. From there, he expanded to jazz piano and gospel piano. Since then, Owens has become an expert at a variety of other instruments including violin, cello, viola, and a lot more.
“I’m pretty proficient at a lot of instruments,” said Jonathan Owens.
Rainbow Heart Studio plans to offer group classes such as Group Uke and Group Guitar among others. Each class is planned to be about three months long.