Former Heights resident expands music school in area | Company
Even in the beginning, longtime Heights resident Shawn Parks always wanted to bring a music school to his hometown — he just didn’t have the resources.
But after starting out as a one-to-one school, Parks has now been able to make that dream a reality. Bojangles Music School announced last week that the school, which Parks runs with his wife Liz, has opened its second brick-and-mortar school at 1529 Heights Blvd.
Bojangles’ original brick-and-mortar location on the second floor of Rockin’ Robin Guitars & Music at 3619 S. Shepherd Dr. in Montrose will remain open.
However, Parks said the new store has a special meaning.
“I’ve lived in the neighborhood for 15 years, so in some ways it’s like coming home,” he said.
Parks first founded the school in 2007, traveling as a solo band teacher, starting from his home at 10 ½ Street around Houston and teaching beginning musicians. Eventually, he said that gave way to players such as Will Van Horn, Paul Beebe, John Egan, Matt Harlan and others joining as teachers on various occasions.
In 2014 Parks founded the first brick and mortar in Montrose. But he always wanted to take a music school to the heights, he said, and that dream is now a reality.
“Opening a music school in the heights has been one of my goals since starting Bojangles,” he said.
Bojangles Heights shares the new space with Julia & the Standards Studio, the rehearsal headquarters of the jazz band of the same name. At Heights School, there will be lessons in rock-and-roll instruments including acoustic and electric guitar, piano, bass guitar, mandolin, ukulele, drums, dobro, lap steel, etc., according to Parks. All one-to-one lessons are one-on-one, Parks said, and offered in 30-minute and one-hour slots.
The new space, Parks said, will also allow for advanced teaching. For the first time, Parks said Bojangles will also be offering music lessons at its Heights school – an option previously unavailable due to lack of space.
Bojangles Heights, he said, has large practice rooms with room for groups of four and five, ensuring that students pursuing individual studies at Bojangles Heights and Bojangles Rockin’ Robin can also take advantage of the instruction of rock-and-roll band at Heights location .
“We look forward to building on what we’ve created at Bojangles Rockin’ Robin by joining another diverse community and helping new friends of all ages achieve their musical dreams,” Parks said.
A Houston Business Journal 40 Under 40 nod previously recognized Parks as one of Houston’s Top Entrepreneurs of 2020, according to the school. However, that has nothing to do with Parks in terms of being able to continue sharing his love for music while helping young musicians in a community he has called home for so many years.
He’s back in his place, in his mind, thanks to his new school.
“Coming back to the heights has been just as heartwarming as I thought…I’ve even had old neighbors call and contact me asking for starting lessons, people who remember me talking about starting this business way beyond a decade ago,” he said. “People of all ages are signing up, that’s exactly what we want. It’s really such a community special.
For more information about the school as well as the new Heights location, visit the school’s website at www.bojanglesmusicschool.com.