Five Schools of Music to Pick up a New Instrument

January 5, 2012 9:00 AM

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By Dani Frank

Grabbing a guitar for an impassioned performance of a nostalgic favorite will instantly deem said musician the coolest person at the party. Gracefully tickling the ivories around the holidays can unite the whole family for a night of memories and laughs; albeit at the lack of pitch and harmony present. Music closes the great divide, and is a tool to bring people together, allow for self-expression or even just keep you busy when that feeling of winter hibernation sets in. Set a New Year’s Resolution you’ll want to keep, and pick up a new instrument at one of these six schools of music.
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Turnpike Music Garage- Fairfield
1484 Black Rock Turnpike,
Fairfield, CT  06825

Stealthily stationed behind Fairfield’s Gyro Grill, Turnpike Music Garage has attracted a cult following in its years teaching tunes to young students. A past recipient of the award of best musical instrument shop in Fairfield County, Turnpike teaches any instrument you can imagine, from mandolin to ukulele. Operating under the philosophy of enthusiasm as a motivation, Turnpike begins by teaching easy songs that musicians can master and then launching into theory, scales, notes and more once you’re hooked on making music.

Rates: Call for rates, discounts available for a longer-term commitment.

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Creative Music Center
701 Main Street
Monroe, CT 06468

This Main Street mainstay has been teaching piano, saxophone, clarinet, guitar and more to the residents of Monroe, Easton and Newtown for 25 years. If you’re in need of a music-making device, instruments are an affordable $20 per month to rent. Lessons are flexible, offering sessions of 30 minutes, 45 minutes or an hour. Private lessons are available for personalized attention, or group instruction like the Little Fingers Piano Camp for youngsters or the Rock Masters Program for budding guitar gods and rock stars.

Rates: 30 minute-lesson: $34, 45 minute-lesson: $51, 60 minute-lesson: $68

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Community Music School
90 Main Street
Centerbrook, CT 06409

Centerbrook’s Community Music School thrives by the army of professionals and volunteers it is named after; the help of the local community has kept the thriving school in existence since 1983. From the all-encompassing Suzuki lesson in piano or violin to the New Horizons Band for adults looking to ease into a new instrument, Community has the right program for musicians of all ages. Whether the oboe, dulcimer, French horn or more are calling out to you, Community Music School will have you educated and eager to perform by the Spring Semester Recitals.

Rates:  30 minute- lesson: $35, 45 minute-lesson: $52.50, 60-minute lesson: $70

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Corner Music
265 Main Street
Old Saybrook, CT 06475

With Rock n’ Roll Birthday Parties, Music Summer Camps and more, Corner Music is a great option for young musicians in the making. School is in session for adult artists, too, at Corner Music, where all you need is a passion for music and desire to grow as a musician to enter their lesson program. If you’ve ever been to a Buffalo Springfield or Bela Fleck fan, be sure to look into Corner Music’s banjo lessons. The school offers bass, trombone, drums and a plethora of other instruments.

Rates: 45 minute-lesson: $39

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Westport Music Center
1460 Post Rd E # 4
Westport, CT 06880-5500
(203) 259-7615

Lessons, repairs, rentals and open mic sessions; Westport Music Center will always have a song playing in the walls of its location. Open since 1965, Westport Music Center has been providing the community with instruction in a classic assortment of instruments, from violin to flute. They also have the area’s largest selection of sheet music, so if you’re collection is lacking in classics or Billy Joel’s greatest hits, you’ve come to the right place. Sign up for weekly, private lessons available for musicians at all levels, with the semester ending in a recital for friends and family.

Rates: 30 minute-lesson: $40, 45 minute-lesson: $60, 1 hour-lesson: $80

Dani Frank is a fashion, travel and culture enthusiast and writer living in Easton, Connecticut. A recent graduate of Hofstra University, she is most happy when traversing the East Coast and beyond and documenting it all for curious readers. Read her further work at

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