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Nancy Rodzwic & Absolute Music School
Nancy Rodzwic, owner of Absolute Music School located in Hatboro, PA, talks about her life as a musician and business-owner, and why YOU should get involved in Absolute Music School.
Nancy Rodzwic has always had a passion for music. After graduating from Temple University with a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Vocal Performance, she went to New York City to follow her dreams in the Big Apple. She lived in New York for three and a half years, understudying and starring in The Fantastics and Sweeney Todd on Broadway. Following her successes in the city, she moved back to PA, where she started her business, Absolute Music School.
Absolute Musical School started by Nancy teaching out of her home in 1995, and moved to the present location in 2001. When she first got to her now location, it was just rehearsal rooms. She “had a tiny room—not 12 feet deep and 5 feet wide.” In 2004, she became owner of the whole building. Today, Absolute Music School consists of eleven rooms that bands can rent for practice, and where three teachers assist students in becoming better musicians and performers by providing them with vocal lessons and opportunities to perform in their community.
Every weekend, the school sings at local nursing homes and the Delaware Valley Veterans’ Home. Students have the opportunity to perform at these different homes, as well as at community events such as Warrington Day. “This is a win-win situation, providing entertainment where it is needed and giving the students a chance to get used to getting up in front of people.” Once a year, Absolute Music School students perform in “a big annual show that raises money for charity.” This past year, all donations from the showcase went to the Wounded Warrior Project. Over the summers, Nancy runs an Absolute Music School “Pop Camp” and a theater camp that teaches the basics of vocal control, breathing, posture, confidence, acting, and, most importantly, having fun while performing!
Nancy’s life “revolves around her ‘kids,’” as they are her “only children, and [she] loves them very much.” Many of her students have gone on to have great successes in their musical careers. She works to remind her students that “nothing is going to be handed to you, you have to work hard for it. Work hard and never give up.”
For more information on Nancy Rodzwic, Absolute Music School, and how to get involved in summer camps, check out the Absolute Music School website (absolutemusicschool.com), or contact Nancy directly via e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org), or on the phone at 215-266-1061.