Big Treble Music
Not only is breakfast the most important meal of the day, it’s also the meal where Aimee Robidoux and Matt South solidified plans to open a full-fledged music lesson business in the spring of 2014.
“We had no plan,” laughs Robidoux from the lobby of Big Treble Music, the 2,100-square-foot space that she and South co-own. “We decided to go for it. What’s the worst that could happen?”
The West Trenton Avenue space had previously been used as a divorce mediation center. A half dozen small rooms – the perfect size for rehearsal space – were already in place. Renovating Big Treble Music was a matter of personalizing each room with fresh paint, décor and pillows on the wall to help with sound-proofing.
Almost immediately the business partners realized that opening Big Treble Music was a great decision. Established musical theater performers, musicians and music teachers in their own rite, the transition to business ownership has been seamless. South, a Falls Township native and Pennsbury High School alum, teaches music and sixth-grade chorus at Charles Boehm Middle School in the Pennsbury School District. He also directs musicals at Pennsbury High School and at the Bucks County Technical High School.
South and Robidoux also perform regularly at the Kelsey Theater in New Jersey and at the ActorsNET of Bucks County, where they met years ago.
“It’s so strange that I find every moment to get something done and still have time to myself,” South said. “My planner is a doctor’s planner. It’s scheduled every 15 minutes.”
Robidoux, of Levittown, who works in inside sales full-time, had been giving lessons in the back of an adjacent dance studio prior to opening Big Treble Music and brought 13 students with her.
Today, Robidoux, South and their five other instructors offer weekly, year-round lessons to about 45 students. Lessons are offered in voice, piano, vocal coaching, drum/percussion, guitar (electric and acoustic), bass guitar, woodwinds, violin, viola, and cello, and beginner music reading/theory.
“We’re very good with the younger kids,” Robidoux said. “We try to keep it fun and stress-free.”
“The atmosphere we keep and the attitudes we have” help recruit and retain new students, according to South. Big Treble Music offers optional recitals and allows students to choose the songs they’d like to learn to play, South said.
Kids can start taking lessons as soon as they can read and understand the alphabet, according to Robidoux.
Piano is an “awesome” instrument to learn first since it teaches students how to read music and is a “great foundation,” she said.
“It’s the easiest and hardest instrument all at once,” she said of piano, adding that one of the difficulties comes from students having to use their left and right hands at the same time.
Looking ahead, South said he hopes to again offer the Little Treble Makers music instruction program focused on kids ages 5 to 9. It was a big hit previously and included a few special needs students.
“It was just exploring control of the body with music,” he said. Instilling a love of music is why South, Robidoux and the rest of the Big Treble team work so hard with students. “It’s just the joy on their face when something clicks.”
To learn more
Big Treble Music is located at 830 W. Trenton Ave., Suite 4 in the Lincoln Point Shopping Center. A variety of music instruction is available weekday evenings and weekends by appointment. For more information, call 215-584-8484, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit https://www.bigtreblemusic.com/.