April 28, 2017

Owner’s Story – Arts Academy

I’m Angy Ford, the owner of Bravo, and I’d like to tell you how the Arts Academy began…Mike & Angy Ford

In 1991 I began teaching piano in Bountiful in my parents home to neighborhood kids.  I LOVED it.  When I turned 18, I bought my first grand piano and received a four year scholarship to Weber State University.  I finished my degree in piano performance and won the Utah Student Teacher Of the Year Award.  I married (a really cute guy) and moved my studio to Ogden. Soon after I realized I had an intense desire to teach more students, but I already was teaching 6 days a week until 9 or 10 pm, so I hired a friend from the university to come and teach with me in my home.  My studio continued to grow and I soon took over the basement and converted the garage to a piano team studio.  Eventually, my husband hinted he wanted his garage back, so I finally began the process of moving to a commercial business location.  This move was a big step as I took my home based “hobby” business to one that began to support my family.  Through a lot of hard work, a lot of prayers, and the help of some good friends, we finally were able to buy our first studio in Ogden.

Ford Family 2014
Since that time our O
gden location has had much success, we have built onto the Ogden school two times and added other programs such as preschool, dance, tumbling, karate, and art.  I love my Ogden roots, it’s where I feel I began to really make a difference to many, many students.  On August 16, 2010 (a date I will never forget) we opened our second arts academy in Clearfield.  I was so nervous about the mortgage and big financial risk I had taken on, but thankfully many families have wanted what we offer their kids and I’m not so worried anymore.

People often ask me what’s next?  Well, I can’t say I really had a written plan for everything that has happened this far, I think I’ll keep doing what I feel good about.  Expansion is appealing to me, but I need to balance my children (four girls and one boy) and try to sleep a bit more at night, at least for a little bit…

Update: We have purchase land in Riverdale and will open another Bravo (Arts Academy and Daycare) on August 17, 2015.  We can’t wait to show it to your kids!

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