Batesville music studio moves

Debbie Blank | The Herald-TribuneMiss Shannon's Music Studio owner Shannon Mullins (with scissors) celebrates the expansion and relocation of her business with a May 31 ribbon cutting. With her are (from left) Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce board member Jocelyn Meyer Xenophontos, BACC executive director Maggie Lyon, community development director Steven Harmeyer, husband and instructor Bryce Mullins, building owner Melanie Hartwell, economic development director Sarah Lamping and BACC Vice President Dustin Tarter.

Miss Shannon's Music Studio was founded in 2011 at 13 Boehringer St.

Shannon Mullins had a dream to build a successful teaching studio, so she began teaching MusikGarten (early childhood music education) and private lessons by herself. The owner began expanding her business until it was obvious that she needed to hire more teachers.

Over the next six years she would grow from teaching in two rooms by herself with a handful of students to having six rooms of instruction happening simultaneously with total of 13 teachers and nearly 400 students. At that point, Mullins knew that in order to keep growing her business she needed a change of location and more space.

Finally after two years of searching, she partnered with Melanie and Rich Hartwell to purchase and renovate the old Feltz's building at 121 Shopping Village, Suite A, Batesville. The project began in October 2017 and was finished in October 2018.

The new space contains eight private lesson rooms, a MusikGarten room, spacious waiting area, recital hall and office for Mullins.

The studio now offers MusikGarten classes and private lessons for piano, voice, guitar, ukulele, mandolin, bass, percussion, violin, viola, cello and steel drums. Mullins reports, "The 15 teachers at the studio are highly qualified. Most of them have a bachelor's degree in music and several have their master's degrees."

The owner has also partnered with Broadway Kids to perform two musicals each year. This summer "Aladdin" will be performed Thursday, July 20, during the Batesville Music and Arts Festival.

Nearly 500 students come to Miss Shannon's Music Studio and add considerably to the downtown traffic in Batesville throughout the week. For more information go to www.missshannonstudio.com or contact the studio at 812-212-6498.