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Guitar in Lowell

By Blake C. – Lowell Guitar Teacher

So, you live in a small NW Indiana town and want to learn how to play a musical instrument? If you are new to the area, you may be concerned about a lack of richly diverse music instructors in NW Indiana, since the area is made up of small towns. Well, leave your concerns at the Indiana border, because this part of Indiana is both small town and big city. Its proximity to Chicago, coupled with its small town attitude, creates a wonderfully diverse musical environment.

So, if you're interested in taking guitar lessons in Lowell, Indiana, check out these tips on what to see and do as an aspiring guitar student!

  1. Visit Premiere Performance Venues I am continually surprised and amazed by the amount of musical talent in my small town of Lowell. The music of these talented individuals and bands can be experienced at the many small music venues in the area, in addition to the premiere music and performing arts venues that are located in NW Indiana. These premiere venues include:
  • The Center for Visual and Performing Arts (www.cvpa.org) located in Munster
  • The Memorial Opera House (http://www.memorialoperahouse.com) located in Valparaiso
  • The Star Plaza Theatre (http://www.starplazatheatre.com/), a 3400-seat intimate theater with two seating levels in a semi-circle around the stage located in Merrillville.
  1. Attend Local School Performances Additionally, each NW Indiana school district puts on astonishing musical theatre productions and school band performances; I think there’s a slight level of competition between the schools when it comes to the grandeur of their productions. The Lowell High School does a fantastic job with its musical and theatre productions. The Lowell High School’s (http://www.tricreek.k12.in.us) theater is a beautiful and modern theater, equipped with the latest sound and lighting technology. You don’t want to miss experiencing Lowell High School performances.

Each year in April, one of the most enjoyable Lowell High School events is “Lowell’s Got Talent,” which consists of performances by Lowell High School students. From time to time, Lowell High School teachers sit in on some of the performances, creating truly inspirational experiences for up-and-coming music students.

  1. What to See Right Here in Lowell If you like Country Music, then you won’t be disappointed with DC’s Country Junction Dance Club in Lowell. On Saturdays, DC Country Junction hosts an old-fashioned barn dance with live music and line dance lessons. The talent that shows up at DC Country Junction is incredible. Some of the best musicians and bands from all across NW Indiana and beyond perform at DC Country Junction. Don’t miss the opportunity to be inspired by these terrific musicians and bands in at old fashioned Country barn dance.

  2. Listen to the Local Radio or Read Local Papers If you are wondering where to tune your radio when you are in Lowell, look no further than “The Z” (http://1071thez.com) based in right here in Lowell. In addition to a wide variety of music, “The Z” provides local news, weather, and updates on things happening in Lowell and throughout NW Indiana.

You’d rather read than listen to the radio? No worries, there are plenty of newspapers in NW Indiana, including The Lowell Tribune (http://www.thelowelltribune.com/29842/2044/1/the-lowell-tribunepdf). Also, the NWI Entertainer (http://nwientertainer.com) is a superb local music publication that lists all of the music events occurring in NW Indiana, as well as outstanding interviews with local and national musical artists.

The Benefits of Watching Live Performances in Lowell, Indiana Why is it important for aspiring guitar students to watch other guitarists and musicians perform? One of the first and most advantageous benefits of watching other guitarists and musicians play live is an inspiration. After attending any live music performance, you will want to get right home to play your guitar. It may be because you watched a guitarist perform something new and exciting that you just can’t wait to learn, or maybe it was a song that inspired you.

Live performances at the venues right here in Lowell, Indiana give you an opportunity to meet some fantastic guitarists and musicians while you're taking guitar lessons in Lowell. You will also learn what is involved in performing live. The inspirations, opportunity to meet some terrific guitarists, as well as learn what it takes to perform live are all outstanding reasons to keep your eyes open for upcoming performances at one of the venues in Lowell, Indiana and then make a point to attend. Maybe I will see you there or on one of the sidewalks in downtown Lowell!

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