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Sessions Academy started in 2017 as an online music lesson platform designed for school students. Sessions Academy is a DBA of Carousel Studios LLC which has been in the same office location since 1995. Carousel Studios operated for 20 years as a New Mexican live musician entertainment company. As we expanded our base of musicians to include many college level graduates we built a resource of local teaching talent. The next logical step was to begin recording video lessons with all major instruments. We developed an affordable student membership model, and in 2019 developed SchoolBeats as a free music teaching resource for non-profit school music departments.
The Sessions Academy mission creates future generations of musicians using the Sessions Method consisting of group, private and recorded music lessons.
Group lessons create opportunities to have “Ted” style talks about music, learn as a group and about music as an art form.
Private lessons deliver the individualized classically-based training required in most academic environments.
Recorded lessons offer repetition and the ability to learn at your own pace with on-demand lessons streaming on your phone or PC.
Our primary commitment is to make music appreciation accessible and affordable for all students, and to communicate that promise to school districts within the US. We work within schools to distribute music appreciation and we deliver online music lessons to students. Our commitment extends effort to secure scholarships and grants from organizations interested in supporting future generations of musicians.
Many cities struggle with extremely high school drop out rates. Research tells us that music and sports high school programs can motivate at-risk students to stay in school. We are looking for low cost student member scholarships of $9.95/month or SchoolBeats Premium scholarships of $99/month giving music lessons to an entire school. Scholarships are also available for private student lessons. You can give the gift of music to at-risk students that would love to learn music through our system. Please contact us if you would like to help!

Jim Gross is founder and Director of Sessions Academy. Jim founded Sessions in 2018 after running Carousel of Music, a performance company in New Mexico which ran 27 years. Jim's 35 year music career has involved teaching, performance and recording. Jim’s vision of an online music academy and free music appreciation for schools is the driving force behind Sessions Academy and MusicMoment.

DeAnna Vincent is Session's Project Manager. As such, DeAnna is the brain-child behind making our lessons look great for students. DeAnna has a broad background in photography, web design, product development and is a truly gifted project manager. She will be the lead in our video lesson development and MusicMoment program.

Each year more school-age students turn towards the arts to bring balance and harmony to a world that does not treat everyone equally. Music creates a level playing field and a creative, healthy outlet. For some students, music is life! Sessions was born out of a desire to give students a safe, yet creative, musically stimulating outlet where they can learn and discover instruments on their terms. We never turn down a student due to lack of finances, so if you know a boy or girl that needs music in their life but can't afford lessons, please have them call me directly! Jim Gross - Founder and Director of Sessions Academy

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