After 20 years spent selling pianos at one of New England’s largest keyboard retailers, Jay and Kay Guretsky decided to move to Florida and open their own business in 1991. The couple opened three music shops before moving all of their inventory into their current jumbo-size space, where they earned a reputation as the best place to buy pianos and organs, according to the News-Press readers in 2012. Jay & Kay’s Organ & Piano Co. stocks more than 150 instruments, including grand pianos, electric organs, and invisible synths for accompanying prog-rock air guitarists. The shop’s instructors lead intensive private lessons and laid-back group sessions that use the Recreational Music Making system. Endorsed by the National Association of Music Merchants, RMM equips students with the skills and self-confidence for recreational playing.
Family Music Time's trained teachers help ignite creative sparks in the minds of children and their families through Music Together learning programs and birthday parties. The 90-minute bash begins with 45 minutes of music making for up to 15 children ages 6 or younger, who each get an instrument, such as a tambourine, maracas, or organ-grinder monkey. Little ones also can practice large movements and let their vocal chords roam free with a collection of chants and songs.
Winner of 2010 Southwest Florida Parent & Child People's Choice Award, Kids Rock Music Class's musical educators help children develop an appreciation for music through fun and stimulating activities during a time when they are most likely to absorb new information like tiny rhythmic vampires. Kid-centric Music Pups classes make kids from birth to age 5 want to move to the groove alongside a dance-partner parent. Forty-five-minute Music Cats classes foster critical hearkening skills in kids ages 4 to 5 by fostering experimentation with technologically progressive instruments, including oversize drums and giant keyboards. Children from ages 5 to 7 enjoy auditory vibrations passing through ear canals to fingertips as they learn to play familiar songs by ear in the Sound Habits Keyboard class. The retail stock at Kids Rock Music Class offers a range of kid-friendly merchandise, from pretty puppets ($19.99) to personalized CDs ($14.95+), and musical instruments such as recorders ($6.99), kazoos ($3.99), and harmonicas ($5.99), perfect for continuing classroom lessons at home or starting an all-toddler marching band.
Modeled after The Juilliard School in New York, the Naples Performing Arts Center celebrates dance, drama, music, and film. When speaking with Fox 4 News, the center's owner proudly proclaimed it a facilitator for the "love of the arts for our children." Kids do receive ample opportunity for creative expression in the creative beginners program, which fosters a fun and supportive environment for preschoolers' imaginations to blossom with songs, stories, and future Internet dance crazes.
Both older children and adults can expand their creative capacities with classes and workshops that are both social and instructional. Dance lessons teach the choreography of Latin, swing, and ballroom dances, and music instruction legally marries hands and minds to the keys and strings of pianos, guitars, and violins. In the drama department, students can challenge themselves with the center's Broadway studio series.