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Music school opens in Bronson

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Private music lessons for adults and children will be offered in Bronson by Robbie Blake, professional musician and music instructor. 

Blake studied vocal music at the University of Florida and began playing professionally at 15. Having learned piano from her grandmother, noted composer and concert pianist Dorothy Gaynor Blake, Ms. Blake began performing live in Chicago as a senior in high school with a popular group, the Intruders.  While a freshman in college at UF she performed with a jazz band, the Diamonds. 

Later touring with Grand Ole Opry star, Jimmie Driftwood who wrote such well-remembered songs as “Tennessee Stud” and “Battle of New Orleans”, she traveled over much of the U.S. playing in concert halls, universities, hospitals, and institutions.  In addition to working for several different recording studios providing back-up vocals, Robbie has written and arranged music with many of her originals coming out on CD.  Blake performed for years with her Gainesville-based band, Skyline, providing live music around the area for weddings, private parties, and conventions. Her jazz project, Mostly Monk, featuring Blake on jazz master Thelonious Monk’s compositions vocally, was recorded live with the Mostly Monk band at Lillians.  Recently she has worked with guitarist Bruce Miller of Dixie Music in a duo called R&B.  

Beginning Tuesday, Sept. 3, Blake will accept students in piano, guitar, and voice, teaching all styles of music from popular, jazz, and bluegrass, to country and gospel.  

The music studio is located near Bronson Town Center.  For more information, contact Blake at 352-486-6366.