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Staten Island School of Rock


Chuck your “how to play an instrument” book and hit the recording studio strumming with the help of the Staten Island School of Rock. “We guarantee that you’ll be recording your own lesson by the fourth time you come to us, as long as you practice,” says founder Mike Grande, who has honed his teaching method for the last 20 years. “It’s like karaoke for the musician.” Students begin by learning chords while an instructor plays back up. Then, a custom MP3 is created for take-home rehearsal. Budding musicians learn what other instruments should sound like, and how to lay down tracks in SOR’s recording studio. Still need motivation? “I’m in a band” is a great pick-up line…

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