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Faulkner 100: Conway Institute of Music is the largest in Conway

Posted: July 1, 2014 - 8:22am

At the Conway Institute of Music, students of all ages can live their dream of a life filled with music.

The largest music school in Conway, CIM has an active enrollment of more than 150 students. Classes are offered on all of the most popular instruments: electric and acoustic guitar, piano, bass and drums, along with vocal training and year-round rock band classes — all in one convenient location in west Conway.

A particularly unique offering at CIM is the chance to be a part of Conway’s most established and recognized rock band class for kids and teens. Since 2009, this high-profile program has been featured in Revel Magazine, the Log Cabin Democrat and Conway Corp. local television programming. Students love the opportunity to rock out on the big stage with a real rock band, and CIM hosts a rock band showcase twice a year to give students the opportunity to perform like real professionals.

CIM also instills philanthropy in students by presenting four benefit concerts each year for the Faulkner County Boys and Girls Club. This is just one way that CIM and its students can thank the community for tremendous support throughout the years.

Conway Institute of Music has more than 20 music teachers, all with either college training or professional performance experience. The music teachers are dedicated to learning about each student’s personal musical goals and helping that student achieve them. The teachers are more than capable of teaching any style of music, from classical and jazz to pop and rock. Plus, they can adapt to any student’s learning style.

CIM’s teachers have received their education from prestigious institutions, such as the Atlanta Institute of Music, the University of Central Arkansas, the University of Arkansas, the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and Hendrix College. Many of the instructors have gone on performance tours of the United States and Europe and have more than 25 years of professional performance and teaching experience. In addition to their teaching credentials, these instructors have warm personalities, are extremely friendly and strive to get to know each student and their parent on a personal level. 

Jim Skelton, owner and director, has personally taught guitar lessons for more than 1,500 students in Faulkner County over the span of 30 years. He was a music major at UCA and an Honor student at the Atlanta Institute of Music, where he studied under instructors Jimmie Herring, Bill Hart and Paul Gilbert. Jim Skelton’s music career includes being an accomplished studio musician and published songwriter. He also has performed with major artists such as Peter Frampton, Joe Walsh, Blackfoot and John Butcher Axis. Skelton is proud to be a part of Faulkner County and is a fifth and sixth generation Faulkner County business owner.

CIM recently attended a national conference of more than 100 music academy owners in which they were nominated for one of the top 7 music schools in the United States. 

No matter your age, if you would like to learn to play an instrument, brush up on your vocal skills or perfect your guitar riffs, Conway Institute of Music is the place for you. CIM is located at 945 Carson Cove #103, convenient for students in all of Faulkner County. For more information, call CIM at 450-2931 or visit conwayinstituteofmusic.com.

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