When my son, Clayton, expressed and interest in learning to play guitar we did some research and decided our first stop should be The Music Academy. We had heard about its great reputation, knew that it had been in business for many years, and were familiar with its location, which wasn’t far from us. During our initial visit, we met the owners, Rob and Tony, and were given a tour of the Academy by Jill, who knowledgeably and cheerfully answered all of ouur questions and concerns. We were so impressed by the facility, the owners and the stag that we immediately enrolled Clayton in private lessons.
It didn’t take long for Clayton to decide that his first three goals were to become good enough to join a Live Playing Workshop, play in an Academy concert, and get his “picture” on the wall. Although I was confident in his ability and determination to achieve these goals, I was amazed at how soon he actually succeeded. Within eight months he had become proficient enough to be invited to join a Live Playing Workshop and three months later he performed his first Music Academy concert. Much of the credit belongs to Anthony, his teacher, and the high-quality instruction he provided during every lesson. We were also impressed by the tremendous amount of help and encouragement he received from everyone at the Academy. The education, abilities, patience and professionalism of the instructors is unsurpassed and the commitment to their students is unequalled; all of which was instrumental (no pun intended) in helping Clayton achieve his goals so quickly.
Since starting lessons less than two and a half years ago, he has become an accomplished guitar player, continues to be a member of a Live Playing Workshop group, and has performed in five of the Academy shows, including a coveted performance on the stage of the iconic Stone Pony. Along with his ongoing lessons and support from his instructors (Anthony and Pat), he is well on the way to his current goal of studying music in college. By the way, he did meet the last of his early goals – he got his picture on the wall.
As the saying goes: “like father like son” – – or in this instance, “like son like father”. I was so impressed by the quality of instruction and the tremendous student/parent friendly and focused atmosphere at the Academy that I recently decided to pursue a dream of my own. Six months ago I followed in my sons footsteps and enrolled for lessons – – fulfilling a very old desire to learn how to play the acoustic guitar. I now look forward to my weekly lesson with Kevin. Although my ultimate goals may not be the same as my sons, with the quality instruction and encouragement the Academy provides, I have progressed much further and faster than I could have ever imagined. And, there has been an added benefit; music lessons – – and more specifically playing guitar – – have opened up an entirely new avenue of communication between a father and his teenage son.
Aristotle would have been absolutely correct if he were talking about The Music Academy when he said, “The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.” When you add together great teachers, caring owners, an upbeat, helpful attentive staff, a welcoming and comfortable facility, and environment of success, and the mission to provide students with the gift of music, you can only end up with something far greater.