Boulevard Music Lessons in Tonawanda offers musical instruction in guitar, bass, drums, piano, and vocals. Private and group lessons are available, and the company features a Rock Band 101 program designed for kids who already play an instrument and wish to become more proficient and gain stage experience. The program “introduces teamwork and collaboration into music instruction.” Private lessons in guitar, banjo, bass, drums, piano, voice, woodwinds, music theory, and live performance are available. There is a registration fee of $25, and lesson pricing is determined by length and number of lessons taken per week. Tuition is generally $99 per month. New students who purchase three months of guitar lessons in advance will receive a free acoustic guitar.
Tonawanda, NY(716) 939-2870
Buffalo Suzuki Strings in Tonawanda aims to instill “in every student, beginning at an early age, the pursuit of excellence through a strong partnership of parents, teachers, students and the community.” The center was founded to follow the philosophy and method of Dr. Shinichi Suzuki, who developed a technique of music education for students as young as three years old and with the goal of “World Harmony Through Music.” Private lessons of 30, 45, and 60 minutes in violin, viola, cello, double bass, piano, classical guitar, and harp are offered on a weekly basis. Group lessons are also available to allow students to practice repertoire together and learn musicianship skills. The Suzuki Summer Workshop is a weeklong event bringing together Suzuki and traditional students, parents, and teachers to “share the joys” of making music. Annual and semi-annual recitals are scheduled at a variety of venues in and around Tonawanda.
Tonawanda, NY(716) 743-8728
Crossroads Music Center in Williamsville is a “one-stop center” for all music needs, including lessons, instrument sales, rentals, and repair. The center adheres to the philosophy that “routine and structure create self-discipline in music skills development,” emphasizing collaboration and peer support while providing group classes and performance opportunities. Lessons are available for nearly every instrument, and they cost $24 for 30 minutes or $48 for 60 minutes. Students may also purchase lessons at the monthly rates of $80 for four 30-minute lessons or $150 for four 60-minute lessons. The store also sells pre-owned instruments at affordable prices.
Williamsville, NY(716) 632-3555
Guitar Lessons by Robert Luterek in Buffalo offers private lessons to beginner and intermediate students using the unique Lewis Guitar Method, which emphasizes both a practical and theoretical approach to learning the guitar. Private lessons take place at the instructor’s home studio or at the student’s home. The first 40-minute lesson costs $35 and is used to determine the student’s goals and ability to play. A customized lesson plan is then created specifically for each student. There is a 100% money-back guarantee on the first lesson, no questions asked. Any future lessons cost $30 and must be purchased as a four-lesson nonrefundable package. Lessons generally take place weekdays and evenings, and Saturday afternoons.
Buffalo, NY(716) 681-7952
InSchool Music is a Tonawanda music center founded in 2006 as a “solution to many of the challenges that arise in private music instruction for all involved.” What distinguishes the company is that private, one-on-one lessons are provided at students’ schools during school hours, eliminating the need for parents to drive children to lessons. Students of all ages can enroll in classical music, jazz, blues, rock, show tunes, and pop classes in a variety of instruments. A registration form for new students is available on the company’s website. For students who prefer taking lessons outside of school, the company’s Bathurst Studios is located in the instructor’s home and offers private piano instruction.
Tonawanda, NY(716) 816-5697
Limelite Music is a music store in East Aurora with “29 years of affordable quality and experience.” Store hours are noon to 8 pm on Monday through Thursday, Fridays by appointment only, and 10 am to 4 pm on Saturdays. The store is an authorized Fender and Marshall dealer and sells guitars, drums, amplifiers, recording gear, band and orchestra instruments, sheet music, books, and used instruments and gear. Instrument rentals and music lessons in over 10 instruments are available. Lesson rates are between $16 and $20 per half hour, and students usually attend one lesson per week.
East Aurora, NY(716) 652-7539
Main Stage Studios in Buffalo strives to “provide individualized attention to every student.” Private lessons in voice, bassoon, acting, violin, piano, music theory, and guitar are available. Lessons are $46.50 for a full hour and $31 for a half hour. The full hour lesson is recommended for students who are 14 and older. A variety of summer programs is also offered, including teen monologue, mini music explorer, sight-reading, and adult acting workshops.
Buffalo, NY(716) 713-4130
Music City is a Buffalo music center founded in 1992 by a locally renowned guitarist. The company has received Buffalo Spree Magazine’s “Best of Western New York” award in 2007 and 2008 and offers instrument sales, rentals, repairs, music lessons, and appraisals. Individual lessons in guitar, drums, bass, saxophone, piano, clarinet, violin, and flute are available. Current lesson fees are $16 for a half-hour and $32 for a full hour. All payments are due on the day of scheduled lessons and can be paid directly to the teachers. The store does not accept checks.
Buffalo, NY(716) 838-4547
Cheektowaga’s Music Room was established in 1960 and offers “lessons for some of the best prices in the area.” No contracts or long term lesson commitments are required, with lessons starting at $15. Students are provided with opportunities to participate in recitals and an annual competition. Students can take lessons in piano, guitar, voice, cello, flute, trumpet, clarinet, tuba, music theory, songwriting, and other instruments. There is also a Scholarship Program available for students who work hard and wish to continue their studies at a collegiate level as music majors. In addition, the store offers instrument rentals and piano tuning services.
Cheektowaga, NY(716) 668-5441
Performing Arts is a Depew music center with an “unconditional commitment to developing the talents, gifts, and abilities of everyone that participates.” Private music instruction is offered six days a week, and the center also features workshops, clinics, and a variety of camps for children, including Rock Camp, Drama Camp, and Minecraft Camp. Group classes are an important part of the center’s curriculum and are grouped based on age and ability. A few past and current classes include Beginner Guitar Academy, Shred Academy 101, Rock Band 101, The Art of Auditioning, Actor’s Boot Camp, and Rock Star Singer.
Depew, NY(716) 239-3907
The Castellani Andriaccio Guitar Studios in Amherst offer classical and jazz guitar instruction using the Suzuki method and other traditional methods. Both child and adult students, from ages three and up, are accepted. The studio emphasizes preparation for college entrance and has a “proud record” of students garnering scholarships at schools such as the Peabody Conservatory, the Ithaca College School of Music, and the Eastman School of Music. In a testimonial, a former student indicates that the instruction he received at the studio prepared him “exceptionally well for numerous college auditions.” A free introductory 30-minute lesson is available for new students.
Amherst, NY(716) 445-4602
Twin Village Music in Lancaster is a family owned and operated business with over 60 years of service and experience in the community. The store offers instruments for purchase and rental, including guitars, amplifiers, drum sets, and band and orchestra instruments. Additionally, the store also repairs instruments and provides music lessons in drums, guitar, ukulele, piano, piccolo, French horn, viola, trumpet, and additional instruments.
Lancaster, NY(716) 683-4879