What the Troy Music Academy has to offer downtown Troy and your gift recipients this holiday season is one of a kind.
And it’s not just because of what they offer, it’s also because who’s offering the services. When I first met Lori Friday and Kenny Hohman a year ago, I thought it was too good to be true. You’ve probably met people along the way and think, “can they really be that nice, provide great services and be genuine while doing so?” These two really are all of the above. When they stop to chat with you, whether it be on the street or in shop, they both listen to you; which is what I think threw me off in the beginning because it can be hard to find people who listen to every word you share. They are great!
Now take that wonderful image and imagine learning to play that musical instrument you’ve always wanted to learn. Or being greeted by them when dropping off your son or daughter for their lesson. You name it and the Troy Music Academy has someone on staff to teach it. Guitar, bass, drums, piano, voice, ukulele, woodwinds, banjo, mandolin, and strings lessons are offered along with some group lessons that are switched up every couple of months. This past fall was beginner vocals and rock and funk drums; doesn’t that sound like a great evening out each week with your friend/lover?!
I personally have never taken lessons at the Troy Music Academy but have thought about taking piano lessons… I just don’t have enough cash to buy a piano or rent a keyboard… but the day will come! The beau’s niece took the Kindermusik class with Casey and is just the cutest little thing tapping along to the songs she still remembers. These classes are great because not only does it introduce the kiddos to new music and sometimes little instruments, it gets them socializing with new kids and creates a sense of community- not only for the kids but the parents. Can you tell I attended Kindermusik classes with the kiddos when they were young? We all loved it!
What’s wonderful about it is that there is no commitment to fear; you can sign up for individual classes and if it doesn’t work out, it doesn’t work out. You aren’t forced to continue lessons or to buy a whole month’s worth- which is great for parents if the kids loose interest. But I doubt that would happen with these guys; they are very in tune with each person that walks in and realize that everyone learns at a different pace, sometimes in a different way. Each Troy Night Out the Academy gives the students the opportunity to show others what they’ve learned during a little show right there in the studio; let’s just say there are smiles all around!
You can learn about each instructor’s history and experience here (there’s a lot of credit to be given!) and I ask this: did you know that February 25th has been declared Super400 Day in Troy, NY??? Well, it is- because of this duo (and their drummer of course)! Stop in at 9 Third Street to see the studio and the lesson rooms or check out their website here. Their services would be a gift that keeps on giving and is a wonderful experience rather than an item that might be overlooked a month from now. You’re very welcome.