WELCOME TO ERTH STUDIOS. WE PROVIDE A CONTEMPORARY APPROACH TO MUSIC EDUCATION IN THE GRAND VALLEY. OFFERING PROGRAMS OF INSTRUCTION IN A VARIETY OF STYLES, SUBJECT MATTERS, AND TECHNIQUES, ERTH STUDIOS EMPLOYS THE CHOOSE-YOUR-OWN-ADVENTURE METHOD OF MUSICAL ADVANCEMENT. WHICHEVER DIRECTION YOU CHOOSE, WE ARE HERE TO CULTIVATE YOUR POTENTIAL AND GUIDE YOUR PROGRESSION EVERY STEP OF THE WAY.
Thea Arandjelovic is a vocalist, songwriter, and producer who is internationally acclaimed as an artist and educator. The daughter of an architect, Thea spent her youngest years in Caracas, Venezuela, where she began to develop a passion for music, dance, and other art forms. When she was seven years old, she moved to Slovenia with her family, where she began to study classical singing and composition at the Music Conservatory of Ljubljana while undertaking a rigorous training program in jazz dance and ballet at the Urska School of Dance. At fourteen years old, she had already completed two original studio albums and starred in multiple theater productions.
Known as one of Slovenia’s most promising young vocalists, Thea moved to the United States in 2009 to study at Berklee College of Music in Boston. In less than three years, she earned her degree in Contemporary Writing and Production with a focus in Vocal Performance. Following her studies, Thea worked as a freelance performer, producer, and teacher in New York City for two years. In 2015, after meeting her husband and business partner, Eric, Thea moved to Grand Junction, Colorado.
Thea has intensely studied the techniques and subtleties of multiple music genres, and she has performed and recorded in Pop, Rock, Jazz, Music Theater, Classical, and World music settings. She has been featured at many prestigious venues around the globe, including the European Parliament in Brussels, the Torrent Conservatory in Valencia, and Symphony Hall in Boston. She is committed to utilizing her wide array of education and experiences to provide a contemporary approach to music in Colorado and world-wide.
Eric Law is a multi-genre cellist, composer, and multi-instrumentalist known for his innovative approach to string education. A native of Grand Junction, Colorado, Eric grew up in a family of musicians. With extensive training in the technical and athletic aspects of classical music, he began branching out into multiple new styles of music and performance in his teens. His inventive approach to alternative string techniques earned him first prize at the 2013 Asta Eclectic String Festival.
Recognized as one of Colorado’s top young cellists, Eric moved to Boston in 2009 to continue his studies at the Berklee College of Music. After earning his degree in Performance with a focus in American Roots Music and meeting his wife and business partner, Thea, Eric returned to the Grand Valley to utilize his education and experience to teach and compose.
Eric has performed extensively with Darol Anger’s Republic of Strings and the Boston Ballet, and he has headlined at a vast assortment of venues including the Lincoln Center in New York City, the Montreal Jazz Festival in Montreal, Quebec, the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., and the Greyfox Bluegrass Festival in upstate New York. As a studio musician Eric has recorded on over 50 albums across genres. His work with Adrianna Ciccone on her 2015 Release “The Back of Winter” led to a Canadian Folk Music Award. He has studied with an array of Alternative String specialists including cello powerhouses Eugene Friesen and Mike Block, and fiddling legends Matt Glaser, Bruce Molsky, and Darol Anger.
Currently, Eric plays in the Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra and remains a highly sought-after instructor and performer nation-wide. His publications in composition are gaining national acclaim, and he is committed to utilizing his unique skill sets to create and educate in music internationally.
Josh Knowles is a violinist, singer/songwriter, and music educator based in Boston, MA. Educated at Berklee College of Music, he has recently performed in an eclectic array of genres and groups. Josh has appeared on stage with the Boston Ballet for several shows at the Boston Opera House and on their tour to The Lincoln Center in New York. He is also the co-founder of Stringalong, a string duo specializing in over 100 original arrangements of classic rock, pop and r&b tunes. Josh is the Artist and Composer-in-Residence for the inner-city youth orchestra, Revolution of Hope, and also currently teaches violin, voice, and piano lessons both privately and at the Boston School of Music Arts in Dorchester.
His performance resume boasts highlight performances with the Boston Ballet, Conan O'Brien, Fundraising Benefits for former president Barack Obama, and a string of headline slots at music festivals nationwide. He has recorded on dozens of studio albums, and his own recording with his indie/rock band have lead to numerous accolades from the Boston Music Awards and the New England music awards. Josh’s 2013 youtube release with the Subway Violinists covering Taylor Swift’s “Trouble” has become an internet sensation with 1.5 million views and counting.
As an educator, Josh provides a comprehensive and creative approach to violin playing. Brought up through the Suzuki method, Josh has explored a variety of genres on his instrument providing him with a unique skillset in the string education community. He is currently a Guest Artists in Residence at Erth Studios, and provides bi-yearly lessons to his students in Grand Junction, as well as clinics in improvisation and creativity with the School District #51 orchestra programs.
Erth Studios offers private instruction in Voice, Piano, Violin, Viola, Cello, Bass, Guitar, Banjo, Mandolin, and Ukulele. Our instructors specialize in teaching across genres, guiding students to choose much of their own curriculum and material. We believe that by encouraging students to learn using music that speaks to them, we can cultivate a strong investment in the learning process. In addition to a focus on technical advancement, we are committed to providing an education in confidence-building and creativity, and we approach each student’s journey differently to match individual learning styles. However, we are always open to more traditional styles of education if a student feels he or she would benefit from them. We aim to guide growth and inspire excellence while facilitating a deep understanding of self-expression.
Available by special request, Erth Studios provides an option for group lessons, allowing students to work on vocal harmonies, music theory and composition, or improvisation. This program also offers coaching for ensembles and bands in variety of genres. We provide specialized instruction in sonic blending, arranging, musicality, group creativity and dynamics, drawing from years of experience in a vast assortment of ensembles settings.
Our classrooms at Erth Studios feature a fully operational recording environment. Perfect for any aspiring studio musician, songwriter, or producer, this track offers an in depth exploration into the technological and creative aspects of the recording process. We provide technical training in microphone selection/placement, insight into a broad span of audio effects, and comprehensive practice with an array of recording software and programs. We consistently upgrade our studio equipment to ensure that our students are utilizing the latest recording technology. These classes culminate with a mixed and mastered high quality mp3 or music video produced by the student. The Music Technology track can act in conjunction with any private or group lesson program, or be provided as a standalone lesson service.
Erth Studios is built on a foundation of community, and we are dedicated to building partnerships and relationships across the Grand Valley. We are committed to making music and music education widely available and accessible through our work teaching clinics and sectionals with School District #51, as well as our involvement with the Grand Junction Symphony. Additionally, we have partnered with the Riverside Education Center to teach music to the students who utilize thier program. We strive to build relationships with organizations and individuals to connect with our local community.
At erth studios, we strive to go above and beyond for our students. every student who enrolls in one of our programs is provided with a complimentary in-lesson recording session per semester, an end of semester recital showcasing thier progress, and connection with a variety of performance and educational OPPORTUNITIES. we also host engaging events that provide our students with a chance to interact socially and musically, and apply learned concepts. all of our payment and scheduling is HANDLED online via our student portal, so lesson time remains centered around the student and their personal aspirations.
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For inquiries relating to vocal/piano instruction, please contact Thea Arandjelovic at email@example.com
For inquiries relating to string/music technology education, please contact Eric Law at firstname.lastname@example.org