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.
RK Music’s instructors break their teaching philosophy down into three core components: building an emotional connection to music, honing technical mastery, and encouraging students to share their music with others. They live up to this code with every lesson, whether they’re mixing technical exercises in with fun songs, holding students to a practice schedule, or fostering social musicality through recitals, bands, and kazoo flash mobs. Instructors bring a breadth of experience to their lessons, collaborating with everyone from current students to professional performers. They also break out of the traditional one-on-one teaching structure, hosting both group sessions and summer rock camps, which give kids the experience of performing in their very own band.
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.
For the past two decades, Brent Beatty has been singing, songwriting, and performing for fine fans of blues and rock 'n' roll. With two CD releases and more than 100 written and co-written songs under his belt, Brent now turns string slappers into educated strummers after a few short lessons. During each session, students develop technique, theory, and songwriting skills in addition to producing an in-session recording for practical study at home. This tangible reference point promotes an abbreviated learning curve for hardworking students who, if they so chose, may perform in Brent's semi-annual Barn Yard Jam recital. Give the gift of guitar appreciation to a young musician, or reenlist yourself in the nation's guitarmy, where every battle of the bands is fought with honor, discipline, and occasional pyrotechnics.