Originally known as Uncle Andy’s Place, Music Education Centers opened its doors in 2004. For founder Christian Schenk, it began as a way to bring together several distinct skill sets and share the gift of music with those who may have been passed by in traditional school music programs.
The studio was originally housed in the extra bedroom of Christian & Nova Schenk’s house on Van Alstyne Road. The rear building was a barn/garage combo with pigeon coops and a wooden staircase to the upper level. Between 2004 and 2005, this space was renovated to accommodate the growing demand.
In the early years of expansion, MEC underwent a myriad of changes in both its business structure and the method in which services were delivered. A second location in the town of Greece was open between 2006 and 2008. As the economy started to slip, it became necessary to close that location in order to continue through the turbulent times.
By late 2009, MEC established a satellite location at the Pieters Family Life Center and created the “Music to You” program, in which instructors would bring lesson programs and classes into students’ homes.
In 2014, MEC moved its primary studio location to the Four Corners District of Penfield in order to accommodate its expanding client base. MEC continues to offer high-quality adaptive musical instruction both at its Penfield studio location and in students’ homes, with plans to expand into the Watertown area in the near future.