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Vivaldi Music Academy
Vivaldi Music Academy
The sound of music is heavily present at the Vivaldi Music Academy. This premier music academy is dedicated to providing a comprehensive, robust music education and live performance opportunities to children of all ages, while fostering confidence and creativity in the areas of piano, violin, guitar, cello, voice and early childhood development.
Vivaldi Music Academy opened its first location, West University area, in 2013—with the assistance of LeeVera Smith, business director of the Houston Center Small Business Development Center (SBDC). Smith played a vital role in helping Zeljko Pavlovic, Founder and CEO of Vivaldi Music Academy, start and expand his business.
“The SBDC was extremely useful in the preparation stages of Vivaldi Music Academy,” said Pavlovic. “I received invaluable market research assistance, and participated in various business workshops, which were led by industry experts and successful entrepreneurs.”
Smith also assisted Pavlovic with business planning, provided guidance on permitting and licensing requirements, and other general start-up needs including business startup costs, and connecting him with trade associations for the industry.
Pavlovic opened the academy after noticing an underserved market in the Houston area for music schools. With more than 200 years of family history in music, Pavlovic— also an accomplished violinist— brings his belief in the value of music education to the forefront of the Academy’s mission.
Pavlovic was successful in opening his first location, and has since expanded his music academy with two more locations: Bellaire, Texas and Memorial/Houston area. Vivaldi Music Academy, now the largest music academy in the nation, provides quality musical education to more than 2,000 students. The teachers are highly qualified musicians that blend a variety of teaching methods and styles to best fit their students’ needs.
The Academy has created more than 600 jobs in Texas, and recently ranked on The 2019 Inc. 5000 list for the fastest growing companies in America for the second year in a row. In 2018, the Academy was the first privately owned music school to be recognized on such a prestigious list. Recognized for their innovation and risk taking, the academy also ranked on Houston’s Business Journal 2018 Houston Fast 100 List and 2019 Houston Fast 100 List, a celebration of the fastest-growing private companies in Houston.
So what’s next for Vivaldi Music Academy?
The Academy is gearing up for its biggest expansion yet, with plans to open new locations in
San Antonio, Austin and Dallas.
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