On Brandon Kurzawa’s Music Notes Academy website, the Academy is described simply as “a community music school and New Jersey in-home music lesson provider.” But to Music Notes students and parents, it is much more. Brandon believes that “One of the greatest aspects of teaching music and being able to have a community music school is seeing our students succeed. Whether a student is five years old and performing on stage for the first time or is preparing to attend college to study music, knowing we as a music school were integral in helping students reach their potential within the arts or beyond is gratifying.”
Brandon has been teaching music since 1999. In summer 2005, he began meeting with New Jersey Small Business Development Center (NJSBDC) counselors at Raritan Valley Community College (RVCC) to discuss starting a private music school with a retail component in New Jersey. In September 2006, he officially launched Music Notes Academy in Bridgewater, New Jersey. In June 2012 Music Notes retained 14 employees and, despite the economy, in the first quarter of 2012 increased its earnings as compared to the same period in 2011. Currently, Brandon is looking for and planning to buy a building in which to house his business.
About the NJSBDC at RVCC, Brandon says it “helped me significantly to understand how to start and grow my business. Each counselor offered superb guidance and information which enabled me to be where I am today. One counselor specifically, Linda Dousis, helped me tremendously with using QuickBooks properly which enabled me to make important financial decisions. Additionally, when I had the opportunity to acquire another music school, Linda was the first person I called and she helped me all the way through the acquisition process.” According to Dousis, “Brandon impresses me as a true entrepreneur who has a clear vision of where he wants to take his business and has worked continuously and with diligence to meet his goals,” Linda says. “It has been and is my pleasure to work with Brandon.”
Brandon was referred by the NJSBDC at RVCC to Gail Rosen CPA, who manages the accounting for Music Notes Academy. Rosen says, “He is a sharp business man who manages his company extremely well. Brandon actually sent us a thank you note after giving us his accounting books in perfect order. How perfect to recognize Brandon who always makes everyone else feel special.”
The NJSBDC at Raritan Valley Community College is happy and proud to nominate Brandon Kurzawa and Music Notes Academy the NJSBDC Small Business Success Award in recognition of his business’s outstanding success. We look forward to seeing many of Brandon’s Music Notes students “up in lights” in the future!
Music Notes Academy PO Box 1323 South Plainfield, NJ 07080