About Rich Music School
JANUARY 2019 - Local musician Brandon Rich started Rich Music School to provide high-quality, FUN, performance-based music lessons and create community around live music.
Music and music performance should be laid-back and fun, not high-pressure.
The traditional way of teaching music with only two yearly recitals is outdated, high-pressure, and not fun.
Music should be a fun & relaxing creative outlet, not a technical competitive sport.
Since video is quickly becoming the primary form of media consumed, we encourage students to find their creative inspiration and motivation with music videos, video game music, and even memes and TikToks that are music based. We even encourage and teach our students how to make their own original audio and video content! Our philosophy is based on Aesthetic Education, or the idea that students learn best and stay motivated when they have a clear understanding and love for the final product.
Also, it's just easier to learn songs you've heard a million times already.
Brandon Rich - Owner & Director
Brandon Rich is a North Carolina native with a passion for music education and all types of music. With over ten years in music education, Brandon has played and taught in a wide variety of musical genres and settings, and he knows through experience what works in music education.
He started learning piano and percussion in middle school, and got very involved with marching band and playing guitar in rock bands in high school. During the summers of 2009 and 2011, Brandon toured the country with a DCI drum and bugle corps, and in 2015 Brandon graduated from North Carolina Central University with a B.A. in Music Education and a B.M. in Jazz Studies.
The year after graduating high school Brandon became Director of the Marching Band at Wake Christian Academy, and stayed busy teaching several other percussion ensembles, marching bands, jazz bands, and private students at various schools through college.
Brandon initially started at NCCU studying the drum set, but fell in love with the vibraphone after seeing Stefon Harris perform as a guest artist at NCCU. During his time at NCCU Brandon had the honor of sharing the stage with renowned musicians such as Branford Marsalis, Maceo Parker, Benny Golson, Joe Chambers, Wallace Roney, and Joey Calderazzo.
Over time Brandon has realized that he enjoys the learning process just as much as playing music, so he is known to play a wide variety of instruments and styles, and he loves to share this passion with the next generation.
He hopes that through performance and education he can raise cultural awareness and help restore the presence of Jazz and American music in our communities.