As a child, Adam Wilson didn’t want to learn music – he had to learn music.
“Music spoke to me in a way other things didn’t,” Wilson said. After years of begging his parents, he got his first electric guitar at age 11 and hasn’t stopped playing since. Now, he is working to share his passion with others.
The founder of Learn Music, a Cornelius center for music lessons, Wilson first began teaching guitar lessons more than a decade ago as a way to supplement his income. He knew he loved playing guitar and he knew he loved writing music, and in offering lessons he discovered he also loved teaching.
Wilson was born in Charlotte, but grew up in a Los Angeles suburb. In his early 20s Wilson moved back east to Lake Norman, worked several jobs, and continued to give guitar lessons part-time. Word spread, demand was high, and soon he was giving as many as 40 lessons per week.
“I got to a point where I realized I could just teach for a living – something I really enjoy,” he said. And to do it right, he and his wife, Rachel, knew they needed a brick-and-mortar home for their business.
At about the same time, Case Warnemunde (our OTC publisher) had started his arts and culture initiative Bella Love and was gaining momentum. The Wilsons sub-leased their first location – in Studio 13 – from Warnemunde.
“Rachel and I were really impressed with what Case was doing,” Wilson said, and they wanted to be a part of the movement. Cornelius residents themselves, the Wilsons loved the chance to be active in the community and the ways teaching strengthened their connection to the community.