By TONY FLESOR
Kirk Hinkelman is a guitarist that rocks out to Dvorak.
Hinkelman is the owner of Columbia Music Forum, a music studio that opened on Aug. 21 in the Cedar Lake neighborhood. He has played music since he was 10 years old and has experience recording music by classical composers and playing with rock bands. He hopes to use his studio to educate others in the neighborhood.
The Columbia Music Forum is in a cluster of small businesses on Santana Drive. With Rockbridge High School and the Columbia Center for Performing Arts as neighbors, the Cedar Lake neighborhood seemed like a good musical niche, he said.
“Music is played with people for people,” he said. “It’s how it’s been done for thousands of years.”
Hinkelman offers guitar, drum, piano and vocal lessons to students older than 4. He said he tailors his teaching to the music his students want to learn, from metal to classical and even more obscure playing styles like “eight-finger tapping,” a way of playing with both hands on the neck of the guitar rather than strumming with one and fretting with the other.
“I’ve had students in their 60s,” he said. “You’re never too old.”