Pumped for the New Year 2017!

What are you going to do that stretches and entertains you this year? Where can you grow? Who do you want to meet in 2017? Traditional new year's resolutions lists bore me. They seem to repeat all the things I know I should have done better last year and resolve once again to try. But new year resolutions should be about expansion and excitement.  I'm done with the 'shoulds' and I'm moving on to 'wants.'  I want to learn. I want to play. I want to have fun in the place that we created.

The Perks of A VMS Lesson Membership

VMS offers a monthly membership program for any type of lesson, including voice, guitar, piano, strings, drums, songwriting, and more!  Members at VMS commit to a 30-minute lesson taught by one of our qualified teachers once per week.  There are many benefits to signing up for a VMS membership, and we talked to one of our longtime members about it!  


Curious about starting voice lessons?  VMS offers vocal coaching from trained professionals for students of all ages and all levels of experience.  In our lesson studio, our expert teachers will help you learn at your own pace and accomplish your goals with voice.  Learn to sing any style of music that you choose, from pop to rock to opera to musical theater!

New Music: T.Wong - 'Journey'

Stefan ‘T.Wong’ Thomas is a young up and coming artist from Columbus, Ohio.  In the Spring of 2015 he recorded his new album ‘Journey’ with VMS’ Chief Engineer and Studio Manager Mark Abrams, and released it May 24th, 2015. The album is 16 tracks that show Thomas span R&B, rock, blues and more in a very impressive display of musicality. VMS guitar instructor Brandon Chapman produced the album, and is a regular collaborator with T.Wong. ‘Journey is already seeing tons of critical acclaim: The first single “Journey” was featured on The Source Magazine’s website, and the song’s video premiered on  We talked with Thomas about his music and the creation of “Journey”.

New Video: Madi & Ana Heichel Cover Sara Bareilles' "Brave"

Talented VMS Students Madi & Ana Heichel have just released a new video!  Watch the sisters perform Sara Bareilles' song "Brave" around the studio, with a little help from Alessandra Gesiotto (Miss Ohio High School 2015) Amanda Giroux (Miss Ohio Collegiate 2015), and Madison Gesiotto (Miss Ohio 2014). The fun video ends with a message, calling on viewers to be brave, and stand up against bullying. Watch below, and be sure to subscribe to their channel!

New Music: Echolocation

Echolocation is a band made up of drummer Clayton Peacock, bassist/vocalist Seth Peacock, & guitarist/vocalist Henry Morris.  The high school students placed 2nd in the Instaband battle of the bands competition in February 2014, winning $500 of recording time at VMS. Since then they have completed their self-titled debut EP with VMS engineer Mark Abrams. Read more and listen to the EP below!

New Music: Bright Night Alaska - The Spring EP

Columbus-based duo Bright Night Alaska have done it again! Multi-instrumentalists Justin Ranly and Matt Lefeld have been hard at work at VMS and have prolifically recorded with studio manager Mark Abrams over the past year.  On April 14th, 2015 they released their latest EP 'The Spring' - the latest in their series of seasonal releases, following September 2014's 'The Fall' and January 2015's 'The Winter'. Continue reading and listen to the new EP below!

New Music: Two Cow Garage - Let The Boys Be Girls

Columbus band Two Cow Garage recently released a new single "Let The Boys Be Girls", which was recorded and mixed here at Vaughan Music Studios. They’re currently touring the US, and will release more tunes soon! Click through to listen to their new track.

Listen to "Let The Boys Be Girls" from Two Cow Garage's Bandcamp below:


Winter Guitar Care: Tips From VMS Instructor Brian Cerney

The winter season can be hard on everyone, but it's especially harsh on your guitar. At best, winter weather has the potential to affect the tone and playability of your guitar. At worst, it can do serious damage to your guitar that will likely require an expensive repair. VMS guitar instructor Brian Cerney shares some tips to keep your guitar in top form during the winter months.

"Not Gonna Bring Me Down"

VMS president and voice instructor Cindy Vaughan has had the opportunity to work with several talented artists that have gone on to do great things. Recently, her daughter Cristi Vaughan and student Krystal Buckley collaborated and achieved massive success when a song they worked on was featured in the hit film ‘Gone Girl’.  Read the full story here! <!--break-->

In The Studio: Echolocation

Echolocation is a band made up of drummer Clayton Peacock, bassist/vocalist Seth Peacock, & guitarist/vocalist Henry Morris.  The high school students placed 2nd in the Instaband battle of the bands competition in February, winning $500 of recording time at VMS.  They used this time to record their recently released single “Good Fun”, which is available on Bandcamp now.  We talked to the band about their recording experience and their creative process in this latest interview. 

Anna Haught Wins Ohio Talent Seekers Competition!

On April 18th, the season finale of the Ohio Talent Seekers Competition took place at Grandview Heights High School.  VMS student Anna Haught competed to win the grand prize of $1000 and an all expenses paid trip to audition for the television talent show of their choice.  Anna worked hard at VMS in preparation for the competition, and it showed in her exceptional final performance.  We talked to Anna about the competition and her plans for the future!


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