We had the good fortune of connecting with Jodi Farrell and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jodi, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
What made you decide to open Jodi Farrell’s Music Studio?
Way back in the early 90’s, I had been giving music lessons in my home. I was considering the idea of teaching outside of my home when another music teacher told me of a place for rent on Main Street. I went and checked it out and, at that time, it was located directly behind a sheet music store so, that was a plus. I decided to try it for one year. Fast forward and I am now going on 29 years at the same location. Turns out, it was a very good move!
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
Sure, I’d love to tell you more. At Jodi Farrell’s Music Studio I offer private one-on-one voice, guitar & piano lessons. Outside of my studio, I offer performance workshops enabling my students to hone their performance skills, which helps them feel more confident and experienced when they present a real performance.
I also offer Singer/Songwriter Dinner Events for my students to perform their original music.. Every December, I produce a Student Holiday Concert with a fabulous 5-piece band to accompany my vocal students. I am very proud of having received the honored title and award of “Best Music Teacher in Ventura County” from the VC Reporter poll 2010 & 2011, and remained in the top 3 each year since. In 2019, 2020, 2021 and 2022, I, again, received the honored title and award from the VC Reporter’s poll.
In 2016, I received the Mayor’s Arts Award for Arts Educator in Ventura County. This Award recognizes an individual or organization whose achievements and contributions to arts education have been significant and far reaching. My students have achieved recognition and awards for their participation in local competitions, such as the Spotlight Awards and National High School Musical Theatre Awards. I even have students performing in international touring bands and a few alumni on the great stages of Broadway. Getting to where I am today as a sought after private music teacher has taken a lot of energy and time devoted to diligent care for my students. I have learned countless lessons along the way. I love what I do and I am grateful to be able to make a
living through my passion.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
You can’t beat a beach town like Ventura CA to visit. For one thing, Ventura has perfect weather just about 360 days our of the year. It’s beaches are great for surfing, walking, playing frisbee or just relaxing.
If you enjoy live music, downtown Ventura is loaded with it. Most venues have no cover charges so be sure to tip the musicians! Downtown Main Street is closed to traffic, which enables visitors and locals to walk down the middle of the street where one can find a variety of restaurants to choose from, many that also offer live entertainment.
If you are a thrift store shopper, you’ll find a mecca in downtown Ventura to choose from.
There are great places to hike, as well. The Botanical Gardens, Arroyo Verde Park and Harmon Canyon are gems to visit and get closer to nature.
The Ventura Harbor is also a fun place to visit with lots of restaurants and shops to enjoy as you look out at the docked boat and the ocean wildlife. Of course, you’ll find lots of live music throughout, as well.
If you like live theatre, best to check out the Rubicon Theatre and Namba Performing Arts Theatre, both located downtown.
We also have a Natural History Museum and many historical buildings to visit.
Be sure to eat and shop at local venues for the ultimate local experience here in Ventura.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Being married for almost 40 years now, I’d have to dedicate my biggest shoutout to my husband, David. His love and support has been and continues to be immeasurable.
My two adult children, Julie and Justin, grew up watching me teach music and perform on stage and have always been my biggest cheerleaders.
At the time I decided to open my music studio, I was incredibly grateful to other music teachers in my life including, Linda Brice, who I was studying with at the time. She encouraged me to go for it, expressing no doubt that I would be successful. Having that kind of support and encouragement from a colleague was very encouraging.
Another shoutout goes out to all the students I have had the honor of teaching. Being a part of each of my students’ growth has played a huge part in my own success, both professionally and personally. Over the years, I have learned so much about me through the experiences of teaching my students. It definitely helps me to continually become a better teacher. That saying, “The best way to learn is to teach,” is so true!
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