How It Got Started

The Story

See the story begins as a curious and creative 5 year old girl beginning piano lessons. Little did any know this little girl would grow up to play in the Jackson State University Symphony Orchestra as a violist, major in Music Education with an emphasis on Piano and open Bull City Music School in Durham, North Carolina. Well folks, I am the little girl turned grown woman and who is passionate about music education. This is my blog documenting the growth of the music school and me as a fierce advocate for music education.

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Who is Jeanetta?

A native of Memphis, Tennessee, Jeanetta C. Powell has always had music play a major role in her life. A life long learner of music and humanity, she created Bull City Music School to further spread a message of love, respect, and self-confidence. 

Love was instilled by her parents and supportive environment. Jeanetta first felt the love of classical music with her uncle, famed jazz pianist, Rozelle Claxton . Knowing that love can spread around she discovered Gospel music with Linda Herring and viola music with Mary Ann Snyder.


Respect for her craft was honed at Overton High School for the Creative and Performing Arts. 

She participated in County Wide, Regional and State Orchestras. Playing in these competitive orchestras taught Jeanetta there is no substitute for hard work and dedication. Self- Confidence matured with her as she matriculated to Jackson State University.


There in Mississippi, a teacher and performer were made. Jeanetta played in the Jackson State University Symphony Orchestra and accompanied the University Choir. At the close of her tenure, she confidently walked away with a degree in Music Education. 

Today, Jeanetta instills love, respect, and self-confidence in all of her students through participating in local and state piano competitions and orchestra ensembles. 

Committed to serving her community and making music education accessible through her foundation, Bull City Performing Arts. A sought after pedagogue, Jeanetta can be found mentoring pre-service music educators and advocating for underrepresented composers and musicians.

Jeanetta is an active member of Music Teachers National Association (NC and TN), North Carolina Music Educators Association and the American College of Musicians. She also maintains memberships with Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc, Jack and Jill of America, Inc, the Junior League of Orange and Durham County.