South Walton’s school of rock: Ohana kids don't miss a beat

Published: Thursday, May 2, 2013 at 04:54 PM.

Tucked away above Restaurant Paradis in Rosemary Beach is the small private school, Ohana Institute. Like other accredited private schools, Ohana Institute has a low teacher to student ratio and innovative teaching practices, but what makes the school so different is the infusion of Ohana Records, the music school within the school.

One of the requirements of Ohana Institute, which teaches fifth to twelfth grade, is that every student must join a band regardless of their experience with music. The director of the program, Jonathan Mitchell, said most of the students have never even touched an instrument before.

 During their academic courses, students learn the lesson of teamwork in the music studio.

"We want to give students the freedom to create what they want," said Mitchell. "I'm their last resort, they're supposed to help each other."


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