We. Create. Music.
IN AN INNOVATIVE ENVIRONMENT
For Over a Decade We Have Specialized in Professional Audio Recording, Mixing, Mastering, & Music Instruction
Let Me Tell You A Story On How It All Began...
our story begins...
In 2009, two 20 something year olds decided they wanted a space to create.
"It sounds selfish but we opened the studio for us. We needed a space to record that wouldn't bother our neighbors, we wanted to bang our music extremely loud. So we found a spot in Virginia Beach and the story really begins in 1400sqft building, that everyone thought was condemned or someone's house lol but for us it was AH -Mazing! The natural path and progression of any business is to become fully functional, and we did. We built two recording studios where music artists of all different genres would be able to record their songs. It snowballed and today we house a dope community of musicians, multi-disciplinary artists, and music production students. Im grateful and honored to be apart of the journey that is Music Theory Studios. To have some of the world's most talented musicians
stop thru is a beautiful thing." ~ Jazzarae
early growth & funding
Once we got a glimpse of the demand for a professional music studio, we shifted our focus from moon lighting the business to incorporating other avenues to streamline revenue. We soon ventured into selling beats online & in person, a online merchandise store, graphic design options, a record label, music classes both online and in studio, and finally a non profit /foundation that provides free music instruction and music & art events in our community.
restructure & refocus
As we broadened our marketing efforts, we rebranded internally and focused on the mission we were founded on... CREATING MUSIC.
We zeroed in on the sound quality, the artist experience, our community engagement, and committed 100% to our DJ Academy by partnering with DJ Rick Geez to form; MTS Turntable Institute. With all growth comes process of elimination and we said good bye to products, services, & classes that weren't bringing in a steady stream of income.
to infinity and beyond!
With the growth of social media, and live streaming software, recording studios became more important to a particular clientele. We noticed more & more music artists getting serious about their craft and gaining access to new opportunities and wanting to do something with that.
This required MTS to step up our game up, and in 2016 we made a difficult but necessary decision to move our studios to a more centralized location. Which proved immediately to be the right decision. By making dramatic improvements to our core values and services, we saw heavy growth as we continued to push for transparency and a clear understanding of who we are and what we do at
Music Theory Studios.
#teamEffort Alive & Thriving!
Music Theory Studios would not exist without the help of several talented Audio Engineers, Music Instructors, Graphic Designers, Photographers, Community Partnerships, and of course our dedicated and amazing Music Artists, Parents, & Students. We call them #MusicTheorists
Hard Work pays off and MTS has attributed to the success of several Music Artists Projects, Community & State Initiatives, Public & Private Student Engagements, and countless eclectic business ventures.
Growing, Brainstorming, Learning, Researching, and Learning Some More, Music Theory Studios, is where Business meets Community.
All staff take pride in providing highly motivated and enthusiastic energy to our programming.
From industry professionals to passionate educators, MTS hire's the best instructors to teach our students.
Coined for creating the phrase "Audio Engineering is a Science & Art" Stu Gretto has immersed himself in all things sound/audio for over 15 years. Graduating from Full Sail University in 2008 with a Degree in 'Recording Arts' Stu Gretto has formulated a audio skillset unparalleled to many others. With over a decade under his belt Stu Gretto has sharpened his skills in various recording studios and live music venues including Music Theory Studios (Norfolk, VA), Sandler Center for the Performing Arts (Va. Beach, VA), and 11th Street Studios (Atlanta, GA). His multi-component background has aided in his reach with a wide variety of musical genres including Hip-Hop, R&B, Jazz, Rock, Musical Theatre, Classical, and more. Noteworthy clients and collaborators include No Malice, Mark Steele, B.B. King, The Governor’s School for the Arts, Virginia Arts Festival, Virginia Stage Company, and the College of William & Mary. Reaching beyond just the sound board Stu Gretto also teaches and instructs Audio Engineering and Live Sound Recording at various Institutions around the world.
When the name DJ Rick Geez comes to mind, you think of thousands of people with hands up at concerts, and the hottest parties in the biggest clubs in the world. What also comes to mind is a DJ who has been rocking the Virginia air waves for over 15 years. When you hear that "Straight Fire" drop, you know DJ Rick Geez is on the set and is about to kill it.
With more than 10 years as the official DJ for Grammy nominated and Def Jam recording artist Pusha T, DJ Rick Geez has spent the last 11 years performing at major festivals including Coachella, Made In America, and Wireless Festival in London. He has appeared on many TV shows including: "The Daily Show" with Trevor Noah, "The Tonight Show" with Jimmy Fallon, "Rap City, 106 & Park, and Last Call with Carson Daly."
DJ Rick Geez got his start spinning at house parties and school functions in Philadelphia at the age of 15. During his senior year at Hampton University, Geez was hired by Clear Channel Radio to be an On-Air personality and morning show producer. He has worked in radio ever since. He is the current 103 Jamz (102.9FM) On Air Host for his own mix shows, "Friday Night Bangers," and the "12 o'Clock Flashback. Both these shows garner some of the highest ratings amongst 103 Jamz' talented line up of legendary DJ's.
DJ Rick Geez has served as a music director and worked events for brands ike 1800 Tequila, Adidas, Spotify, Hennessy, Apple, Vans, Samsung, Sony, and more. In the future his goal is to partner with more brand and continue to provide fun experiences for party goers.
Audio Engineer, Producer, DJ, Beat Maker, Business Owner, and Hip Hop music enthusiast alike, DJ Karee hails out of Newport News, Virginia. When he is not working on his radio show “the Cypher Lounge” which airs on 103Jamz iHeartRadio, he spends his time in the studio recording major & indie music artists. Aided by over 3 decades of DJ experience and an upbringing in a very musically influenced home. DJ Karee has a vast and knowledgeable background in audio engineering and music production. Having spent many years playing at all of the major night clubs (alongside local hard-hitters and national acts alike), holding multiple residencies, DJing special events and promoting his own shows, DJ Karee has had a lot of time to develop his sound and style as a DJ. With 20 years On-Air experience as a Mix Show Radio DJ in a top ten market, he has really honed his craft and made a huge impact in Virginia. Within the last 10 years DJ Karee opened a multi-genre, full service, audio recording studio that recently jumped to a new level by incorporating a DJ School, impacting Music Artists, and aspiring DJs.
Jazzarae Jones, is a California native but a true Jersey girl at heart. She studied Media Relations, and Broadcast Journalism at Carolina School of Broadcasting in Charlotte, North Carolina, and is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Music Theory Studios, LLC. She is a 4th Generation Seamstress / Fashion Designer, Music Artist, Interior Designer, Dedicated Entrepreneur, and full time Creative Business Owner. Jazzarae has taken her passion for all things artistic to healthy financial levels. Landing her first Radio Broadcasting position in Norfolk, Virginia in a fast paced, upscale environment under the multimillion-dollar corporation Willis Broadcasting. Within a short period of time she founded her own company, ‘Music Theory Studios’ a Audio Recording Studio & Music School which encouraged her to assist the community, by providing free and government contracted music and art classes to Public Schools, Private Academies, Universities, Learning Annex’s, Non Profits, and the Juvenile Justice System. Reaching youth and young adults from all economic and cultural backgrounds allowed for major growth within her company. Adding to the Audio Recording side of her company, collaborating with several major & indie music artists added to the substantial growth. Jazzarae has developed in great advancement by completing several business certification programs, and by connecting with excellent mentors. Her vast and knowledgeable background in marketing / promotions have aided in her success.