Manuel Rafael Lozano is the kind of person who elevates the energy of whatever room he walks into; handsome, charming and rather bursting with positivity and kindness. Lozano is father to a fierce and adorable little girl, a professional actor and co-owner of Green Brooms Music Academy in South Pasadena whose energy drives so much of what is behind this innovative music school. The teachers are all professionals in their fields and Lozano creates an atmosphere of creative freedom that allows the best in the teachers and students to come to play.
Green Brooms is partnering with the South Pasadena Educational Fund (SPEF) for their semi-annual $10 lesson day August 26, 2018. “We love giving back to the community,” explains Lozano, “it’s simple, we teach lessons for $10 instead of our regular $40 rate and we donate all proceeds to SPEF. This is our 5th year running this event in South Pasadena and our teachers love to teach that day; the energy is super positive and one of my favorite days to come in to work. We also offer 20% off the first month’s tuition and people love it. It’s a great day to try a new instrument or dust off the guitar or vocal chords!”
Partnering with SPEF was a natural fit says Lozano, “they are a fantastic organization and education is very important to us. Many of our students at Green Brooms and kids of our adult students attend South Pas schools.”
Looking to expand their school in Santa Monica, Lozano brought the Green Brooms philosophy to South Pasadena in 2013 after falling in love with the neighborhood while visiting one day. Their darling, historical Craftsman cottage at 803 Fremont Avenue became available and after refitting the building to accommodate soundproof studios, they were open for business. Says Lozano, “I love this community and the artsy vibe it has. I love being able to walk from our school to grab a cup of coffee on Mission or check out the Farmers’ Market. It feels like a super small town even though there are over 25K people living here and many more neighboring us.”
He goes on to describe their philosophy telling us “Green Brooms Music Adacemy is a place where anyone, beginning to advanced, can learn an instrument or re-connect with music. Our teachers are professional musicians but are not pretentious and they love to share the gift of music in their own unique way with their students.”
And what does he love most about his work? “I love coming to work and seeing the parents and adults that wait in the lobby for their lesson, enjoying a cup of coffee, listening to music.”
Green Brooms $10 Lesson Day is Sunday August 26 from 10am – 4pm.
The academy offers a range of lessons including voice, drums, guitar, bass, ukulele, violin, viola, cello, banjo songwriting and music theory.
All ages and experience levels are welcome!
Spaces will fill up quickly, so be sure to call them at 626.808.4031 to reserve a spot!