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Meet Amir Khan of Coppell Music Academy

Today we’d like to introduce you to Amir Khan.

Amir, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I am a first -generation immigrant and came to this country with little money but good education (already had a MBA in marketing). I was lucky to go to a private school in Karachi (located in Pakistan where I was born) which had a vibrant school music program. I learned to play most instruments in the brass band but focused on mastering the cornet. By high school I was hooked on music and taught myself to play the keyboard and synthesizers. By freshman year in college, I headed a successful band and got interested in composition.

Being at the right place at the right time allowed me to write music for several tv play/shows, jingles and being signed up by EMI (Pakistan) to write original instrumental album. I released ‘Space Dimensions’ in 1990, my first solo instrumental album. During this time, I was quite active in local music scene and was fortunate to be named South Asian correspondent for prestigious “Keyboard Magazine”. I reported on music scene, specifically relating to keyboard/synthesizer related events caring South Asia. My Second instrumental album “‘Images from Past’ was released in 2013.

After obtaining my MBA and immigrating to the US in late 90s, I could not imagine continuing music composition career because up to that time, recording technology was still primarily analog. Only large studios could afford recording equipment. But around 2000s this started changing drastically. Digital Audio Workstations (DAW), while being around for decades, became easier to work on using faster computers. I enrolled in and completed Pro Tools music production course with Berklee Music online. This immediately opened doors for my music, and a reputable music library commissioned several of my compositions. After few years, many of these compositions saw their way through placements in media around the world including a track in HBO hit series ‘Ray Donovan’.

However, I was not sure if I could support a family with music. So I worked at various corporate jobs in New York city but was soon unhappy. As a creative person, I wished for freedom from day jobs and establishing my own business. As a young musician in Karachi, I always had piano students. So soon after moving to Dallas, I started teaching piano part-time and very quickly realized that not only was I good at it, I enjoyed teaching a lot!

I established a small group piano class program at Coppell Aquatic and Recreation Center in 2009. With its success, I expanded the programs to other local community centers. At this time, we have programs in Coppell, Irving and Carrollton. But recently I invested more time and effort in developing my own studio and finally in 2015 I rented 100 sq. ft. commercial suite. It immediately took off, so after carefully planning taking over 2 years, I finally moved into our new 1500 sq. ft. modern music studio in Coppell.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
I feel my business growth, like all business growth, has had its ups and downs. If you were to place the growth points on a graph, it is going to be going up, but never a straight line up. It will always zig zag, and as a business owner you got be prepared for it. One of the early struggles I had to go through was poor marketing ability to find quality students. But over the years by educating myself and learning to do more effective marketing, clients now find me.

Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Coppell Music Academy – what should we know?
At Coppell Music Academy (my studio), we offer music classes in piano, guitar, voice, drums, violin, cello, viola, music production, music composition and song-writing. Since the move to the new studio, we’re experiencing steady growth and are able to service more clients in Coppell and surrounding areas. We specialize in helping young beginner students excel quickly in music.

I am passionate about music education for children, and specifically providing them tools to express their creativity. This inspired me to start an introduction to music composition class, which focuses on teaching principles of music composition. Currently two of my students have successfully composed and performed a number of their original compositions.

Recently, I have been investigating and researching the wellness effects of music. Based on this research, I’ve developed my own Audio/sound/music therapy system that allows users to reach total relaxation. The system incorporates specially designed 3D/7-layer pure relaxation tracks that are experienced on luxuriously relaxing chairs. These chairs are fitted with high resolution music players, high resolution headphones and SubPac (tactile bass unit). This combination of hardware and software allows users to lower their blood pressure and heart rate, which results in total relaxation state.

Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
As a business owner, I have to be able to anticipate future business events both good and bad. Failure to anticipate is a recipe for disaster and chaos. So being as prepared as possible for probable eventualities is risk mitigation for my business. Finally, I always deliver what I promise (or I never over promise anything). If things go wrong, I quickly make it right (often before clients asks for it).

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