4,000th student

Knoxville Academy of Music reaches milestone

Knoxville Academy of Music hit a special milestone.

The Farragut studio, located in West End Center, recently enrolled its 4,000th student, Julia Logan Horne, who is almost 8, who will be taking piano lessons at the studio.

Owner and director Jeff Comas hosted a commemorative celebration with staff and Julia’s family on Friday, April 8, with cupcakes and balloons, and presented Julia with a gift certificate.

The special milestone was a complete surprise to Julia’s mother, Katrina Logan Horne, who had been eyeing the studio for the last two years.

“Right as COVID hit, I bought Julia a keyboard from Walmart, just thinking we had to do something to better pass the time,” Katrina said. “We bought a little book, and taught ourselves ‘Heart and Soul,’ ‘Twinkle Twinkle Little Star,’ and thought about enrolling her for lessons, but on (the KAM website) it suggested waiting until age 8. Julia will be 8 next month, so for her birthday, I decided to enroll her here. I was so surprised when she turned out to be the 4,000th student!”

For her part, Julia said she was “really excited about taking lessons,” which began for her earlier this month.

KAM has been serving families since 2003, and offers lessons on instruments including the guitar, piano, drums and violin, along with voice and many other musical options.

“We really appreciate the community supporting us for so long, and look forward to continuing to offer quality music lessons seven days a week,” Comas said.

“Here’s to another 4,000 students.”