Kyle Shook said he always figured he’d one day take over his father’s Music Scene shop in Andover, but after a decade of working there, “I kind of was getting too eager to (start) my own business.”
The Music Scene inspired his new business: Andover Tutoring Scene, which is at 528 N. Andover Road, just down from the Music Scene in the Plaza Shopping Center.
Shook was working at the Music Scene throughout the pandemic, and he said he began to notice his star piano students struggling with school work and bad grades, “which is really not like them.”
He said he realized it was the result of remote learning.
“That’s when I saw a huge need for tutoring.”
That’s also when he saw his first business opportunity. Shook tutors in a range of subjects, including computer and typing, and said he’ll see how the business goes before expanding. He’s thinking he’ll go to Derby next, followed by Wichita.
His father, Steve Shook, saw his son’s business promise from the time he opened Music Scene in 2011 when an 18-year-old Kyle worked the front desk.
“He’s a people person, and he’s a people pleaser, too,” Steve Shook said.
He said his son was so easygoing that even as a 16-year-old, neighborhood children who were years younger would stop by the house and ask if Kyle could come out and play sports.
“He’s just been great with kids,” Steve Shook said. “Even at 28, he’s 28 going on 9.”
Kyle Shook had been a trombone player before taking up piano at the shop at age 18. He learned it and then transitioned from the front desk to teaching and playing professionally.
Steve Shook said his son has a finance degree from Wichita State University, but he thinks he probably learned a few lessons around the music shop, too.
He said his son saw “probably the grind of owning your own business. It’s not an 8-to-5 punch out, and you’re done.”
“You wear a lot of hats. You’re head janitor, you’re everything.”
Since opening the tutoring business, Kyle Shook has already said to his father, “Man, there’s even more to this than I realized when I was there.”
Steve Shook didn’t start his own business until he was 50. He’s impressed that his son is only 28 and venturing into business, though Shook said he knows he’ll have bumps along the way. Still, he said his son has a lot of smarts and, importantly, enthusiasm, so he knows he’ll be all right.
“I know he’ll figure it out.”
This story was originally published October 27, 2021 10:57 AM.