Bridgewater Central Square Music Loft school teaches lessons

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BRIDGEWATER — When you step into The Music Loft, you’re greeted with teal-kissed walls, wood floors stained a rust-colored hue, vintage twinkly lights that bring the nostalgia of warm summer nights and indie folk-rock playing softly in the lobby as students wait. 

The Music Loft, located at 50 Central Square in Bridgewater, offers students an unconventional learning experience, unlike the traditional conservatory learning model.

Students can enjoy one free 30-minute lesson with the choices of piano, guitar or voice to test the waters before committing fully. Once enrolled students come to the studio once a week for their lesson with the temporary option to learn online. 

“We’re not a conservatory type of vibe with traditional methods and following a by-the-book teaching strategy,” said Katie Cooke, owner of The Music Loft.

“We see how excited the students are about the lessons because we always try to teach relevant music and songs they want to learn. It’s so important now, especially with the pandemic, to get them motivated and feel good about themselves. We select materials that are modern and relevant but while teaching fundamentals and building on technique.” 

Katie Cooke, left, owner of The Music Loft in Bridgewater, works with student Mackenzie Merrill, 14, on Tuesday, March 16, 2021.

The Music Loft opened in October 2018 to provide creative opportunities for people to learn, share and perform music, said Cooke, who began studying piano at the age of 7 and migrated to the violin when she was 9 years old.

Her passion for music that was cultivated at a young age led her to get a bachelor’s in violin performance from Westfield State University. But her love for music education did not stop there. Cooke went on to receive a music teaching certificate for levels K-12 from Bridgewater State University. 

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