Music school managed by UACCB instructor receives Folklife Award

A photo of students at the Brockwell Music School in 2017
The Brockwell Gospel Music School was recently award the Folklife Award by the Arkansas Arts Council through the council’s Governor’s Arts Awards program. Beverly Meinzer, instructor of chemistry and physical science, manages the school, which is held for two weeks in June.
 
“We have all been very excited about it,” Meinzer said. “It’s very exciting to be recognized for anything good you do, but for a music school like ours, it is exciting to know we are being recognized for promoting music, especially gospel music. We are trying to abide by what our founding fathers wanted — to give people of all ages the opportunity to come here and learn to sing, play the piano and lead the singing in their churches,” said Meinzer in a recent news article.
 
According to the school’s website, Brockwell Gospel Music School was founded in 1947 and has taught music to thousands of students. The school offers choral and instrumental musical instruction. Meinzer manages the school along with Mike Haney, pastor of Wises Chapel Missionary Baptist Church. The school is a family affair for Meinzer whose mother managed the school before her. Her daughter, Natalie, holds a music degree and helps teach at the school.
 
According to the Arkansas Arts Council website, the Folklife Award is presented to “an individual or group that has made outstanding contributions in the performance or creation of traditional arts and/or folkways in Arkansas and has contributed to the perpetuation of these traditions.”
 
The 71st annual Brockwell Gospel Music School will be June 11-22. Classes will be offered from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, with the closing night program set for 7 p.m. June 22. Tuition is $50 per individual and covers classwork and books. Classes will include music theory, sight-reading, ear training, songwriting and directing. Private lessons will be available in piano, voice, violin, mandolin and guitar for an additional $40.
 
For more information about the school, contact Meinzer at 870-834-5827 or email bamedmiaston@hotmail.com.