Upper Arlington resident Cindy Vaughan opened Vaughan Music Studios in 2007, but that was only part of the dream.

Upper Arlington resident Cindy Vaughan opened Vaughan Music Studios in 2007, but that was only part of the dream.

The rest, she said, came to fruition after she opened the studio's new facility earlier this month in the Crescent Building at Zollinger Road and Riverside Drive.

"It's all been part of the plan to be where we are now," Vaughan said, adding that she was excited "beyond words."

The facility houses a state-of-the-art recording studio designed by Nashville music industry veteran Carl Tatz, a 1,000-square-foot performance space and soundproof instruction rooms equipped with keyboards, Internet access and other amenities.

Vaughan said the studio and performance space are "extensions of the instruction" that the studio offers in a variety of instruments and voice, from beginners to advanced studies.

Additionally, the studio offers classes in songwriting, auditioning, stage presence and stage-fright control, among others.

The new recording studio also is designed to enhance classes in recording technology.

"It was built to be one of the best rooms in Columbus," said Mark Abrams, audio/technology director.

Established local artists also have expressed interest in working in the new studio.

"It works for people of all different levels of accomplishment," Vaughan said.

The performance space will host sample showcases, allowing students in some advanced-artist development classes an opportunity to learn set preparation and experience performing in a "professional gig-like setting," Vaughan said.

Vaughan said she completed the purchase of the building at 3280 Riverside Drive about a year ago, with renovation work being done over the past six months. The existing building was gutted and repurposed for the studio, she said.

No room in the entire building is square. The physical design of the building enhances its appeal, Vaughan said.

"We've had a lot of fun with the crescent shape, including having some custom furniture made," Abrams said. "It really lends itself to a creative feel inside."

Vaughan's previous location was on Tremont Road. An industry veteran, she opened the studio in hopes of sharing her professional experience.

Vaughan is a Grandview Heights native and graduate of the University of Cincinnati. She worked as a vocalist in Los Angeles in the 1980s and as a technical coordinator at Osmond Production Studios.

"The intent was to create a facility like bigger cities have but have it be very friendly to people," she said.