Factory Underground's team—a passionate collection of musicians, producers, and entertainment managers—all bonded over their shared love of music. Together, they offer recording services for artists, as well as lessons for aspiring musicians.
Turnpike Music Garage tends to all musical needs with an impressive line-up of instruments, gear, and lessons. The inventory includes amps, Casio digital pianos, OSP electric drums, and Seagull acoustic guitars. They also rent school-approved band and orchestra instruments. In-house specialists go beyond fixing instruments, they give lessons in guitar, viola, cello, drums, trumpet, and more.
Huntington Bay Music's instructors are rarely seen without a guitar in their hands or glued to their stomach. But while they keep their axes close, the teachers also instruct students a variety of other instruments, from piano to violin. To complement their lessons, the duo outfits budding musicians with guitars, also available as rentals.
Diane Garetano's school—whose curriculum covers piano as well as other instruments—was an immediate success in the first year. She was renting space to accommodate her ever-expanding student body and the pianos that kept sprouting extra keys. Today, The Piano Studio for Kids imparts instrument skills at two locations. The school also has evolved in terms of technique, with instructors now incorporating even more methods built on fun, structure, and positive reinforcement. Once a year, students may elect to show off the fruits of these labors, with admission free of charge at a recital culminating in certificates, gift bags, and applause.
When John Storyk designed Sweatshop Studios, it wasn't just with his architectural expertise in mind; he also brought talent as an acoustician to the project. Thanks to that dual vision, its contemporary design and equipment please both the eye and the ear. Songwriting legends such as Gary Portnoy (the man behind the theme song for Cheers) have recorded music there; author Mary Pope Osborne of the Magic Tree House series created an audiobook in the studio. In addition to welcoming professionals, Sweatshop's recording engineers and other seasoned staff lead workshops for novices.