Dustin Baird of Creston tells his young musicians he learned to play guitar before Internet was invented.
“That always makes them laugh,” Baird said. “Then, they look at me like I’m 150 years old.”
Baird, a 1997 graduate of Creston High School, is a well-known musician in the Creston and Des Moines areas. The 34-year-old recently moved back to Creston with his wife Samantha and 2-year-old son Ryder after living in Des Moines for 12 years while traveling around the country touring with the Josh Davis Band.
Baird recently opened Sumner Lesson Studios (904 N. Sumner Ave. Suite B) in the basement of Ted Willets CPA.
It’s a newly-renovated lesson studio with photos of music legends AC/DC, The Beatles and Johnny Cash hanging in the entrance. Baird currently gives lessons on guitar, bass guitar and drums. He already has 16 students in Creston.
“I’ve been doing some experimenting,” Baird said. “I have 5-year-olds all the way to retired guys who go out and buy $5,000 Les Paul guitars and come in ready to rock. Those guys are fun.”
Baird said he’s often asked by parents the right age for children to start taking lessons. Baird said he’s been experimenting with that, and 5-year-olds for the most part aren’t ready cognitively.
“I’ve found 7 or 8 years old is the ideal age,” Baird said.
Baird is staying busy. Not only does he have 16 Creston students, but he still travels to Des Moines to give lessons to 22 students at Central Iowa Music Lab. Baird said he does have a full schedule, “but there is always turnover” and he will take on more students.
For lessons, call Baird at (515) 979-1532.