Music industry veterans Stan Denis and Paul Benedetti, both fathers of ambitious child musicians, spent years commiserating about the dismal, calcified state of music education. Deciding to do something about it, the two founded Rock School Music, determined to mix the principles of classical pedagogy with a heavy dose of kid-directed originality. Rather than focusing on scales and hoary old etudes, their instructors encourage students to bring in music they actually enjoy listening to, helping aspiring rockers play their favorite songs and recommending technical drills that directly improve their ability to play the studied piece.
In addition to private lessons, the studio's Rock School program arranges young jammers into bands based on their skill levels, before giving them a weekend practice space and sponsoring regular rock concerts for friends and family. Rock School Music’s studio, furnished with plush leather chairs and a wood-paneled front desk, inspires visitors to pursue their musical dreams with its framed band posters and fern plants that resemble Slash.
Hot Dog Charlies in Clifton Park is a well-known restaurant, delivering a relaxed atmosphere with appetizing hot dogs. It's a culinary destination for customers looking for outstanding food.
There's no specific recommended attire, so feel free to dress casually and comfortably. Also, though the overall price can be a bit on the low side, you won't be sacrificing any quality.
There really is something for everyone, with gluten-free options, as well as low-fat and vegetarian items on the robust menu. Plus, most local parents will tell you that it's a good place to bring the kids, as well. If you don't feel like driving over to Clifton Country, placing a delivery order is an option.
A staple in the community for nearly a century, making a trip to Hot Dog Charlies is never a bad call.
When it comes to the creative process, there's enough room for everyone. That's the philosophy at Odyssey School of Fine Arts, a non-profit art school for both kids ages 5 and up and adults. Their faculty instructs in drawing, painting, sculpture, and many other mediums worthy of a place in the "art" section of the encyclopedia. In addition to classes, Odyssey School of Fine Arts brings people together to make community art projects such as mosaics.
Whether you're an artist or just an admirer, come check out the collection of exclusive handcrafted artwork.
For the ultimate wow factor, rev up your room with a piece of art.
Sharpen your artistic eye with a little help from this store — even the most impressive artists are dazzled by the stunning pieces on display.
Parking is easily accessible.
Star Maker School boasts a staff full of professionals as well as alumni from all over the entertainment industry, including professional, tour, and major recording artist dancers; Broadway performers; commercial and voice-over actors. For nearly 40 years, its instructors have helped kids aged 2.5–18 accomplish transformations into these fields with positive reinforcement and confidence-building methods in dance, acting, and singing. Their philosophy prizes healthy self-image above all else, and they also help parents make educated decisions regarding breaking into showbiz.
The instructors at Falcetti Music are all accomplished musicians who share a passion for music. No matter the student's interest, whether it's classical, heavy metal, or anything in between, they work with students to cultivate talents and musical goals during lessons for guitar, drums, voice, piano, violin, saxophone, and bass guitar. The comprehensive lessons provide technical guidance and feedback to aspiring musicians in any style. When students are ready, the school presents them with opportunities to perform and compete in music festivals throughout New England.