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Oxford House of Music owners repair instruments and teach expression

Clint Jordan, owner of the Oxford House of Music, plays his guitar. Photo by Cassie Morrison.
Clint Jordan, owner of the Oxford House of Music. Photo by Cassie Morrison.

Cassie Morrison
Oxford Stories
clmorris@go.olemiss.edu

Georgia native Clint Jordan was introduced to music at age 5 when his mother made him take piano lessons. His first gig at age 12 performing for the Turner County Stockyard Cattlemen’s Association dinner foreshadowed a long and successful career in the music industry. Today, he helps people fall in love with music.

“People love music in so many different ways,” he said, “and it affects people in so many different ways. And that is really the cool part you see – how it gets people, how it moves people.”

When Jordan is not playing for his ’90s country band, “Mustache,” he’s busy with the Oxford House of Music that he co-owns with Debra Downey and Robert McGehee. He said the building was once home to a retail music store owned by Kenneth Lacy.

A guitar in the Oxford House of Music. Photo by Cassie Morrison.
A guitar in the Oxford House of Music. Photo by Cassie Morrison.

At the time, Jordan was teaching music through his own mobile lessons business when the opportunity to purchase the building arose. Jordan said he discussed the idea with Downey and McGehee, and they agreed that purchasing the building, with an already existing music identity, made sense. 

“We just decided that we were going to be permanent residents, and this is what we are going to do,” he said. “We are in it for the long haul.”

The business philosophy Jordan has lived by since opening, is to make the customer happy. “That’s the person I am supposed to take care of,” he said, “and I am supposed to make sure they are getting something out of this.”

Inside the Oxford House of Music with records on the wall. Photo by Cassie Morrison.
Inside the Oxford House of Music with records on the wall. Photo by Cassie Morrison.

Jordan said their goal is to serve customers and the community.  Today, Oxford House of Music emphasizes teaching music and offering musical instrument repairs.

“Music is the big draw,” Jordan said, and three core teachers, who are also co-owners, serve customers. Teaching is a big part of their job, one that the owners strive to excel in each day.

“At the end of the day, I am a school teacher,” Jordan said.

A typical day for Oxford House of Music teachers involves instructing and teaching community members. Many come to learn music for a variety of reasons.

McGehee said he has personally witnessed the evolution of the House of Music, and the owners work to “contribute to our community, with music education being our main focus and priority.” He enjoys, “helping people overcome obstacles in their own musical journeys.”

Jordan said they want to provide a place “where people can come ask musical questions, and hopefully, we can point them in the right direction and provide them with the services they need.”

Five years after opening, the House of Music hasn’t strayed from the owners’ values and goals. The music center focuses on helping each customer uncover their musical talents.

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