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Boutique Music School to Fill School-Aged Family Niche in Williamsburg

By Meredith Hoffman | August 19, 2013 1:48pm
 Williamsburg Music Studio is opening in September.
Williamsburg Music Studio is opening in September.
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Williamsburg Music Studio

WILLIAMSBURG — The Williamsburg waterfront may abound with playspaces and enrichment classes for the area's booming baby population, but guitarist Scott Kacenga hopes to meet the creative needs of the school-aged.

He's launching the Williamsburg Music Studio, where local musicians will offer private lessons for kids to kickstart their own instrument skills, from viola to clarinet.

"We're catering to the slightly older kids, age 5 and up, who are getting ready to start learning an instrument on their own," said Kacenga, 35, who claimed his center was the first of its kind in North Brooklyn.

"I don’t know of another school that's solely dedicated to music lessons and classes in Williamsburg or Greenpoint...That's why we decided to open in this area."

Kacenga envisions the school — whose four practice rooms open in September in a brand new development on Kent Avenue — as a mecca "where you can go and hear a violinist next to a saxophone next to a guitar player, and have the opportunity to interact with different students and hear different styles."

Kacenga, who got his master's degree in jazz guitar at NYU and has taught lessons for the past 10 years, said the studio would mainly serve kids but would also offer adult lessons, like an adult guitar class.

"The new families that are moving in, we’re looking to service them for sure," said Kacenga of potential students, for whom a 30-minute lesson will cost $47 and a one-hour class is $85.

"We're catering mainly to young people, but we're open to people of all ages...We'd like to try to foster a community feeling where our students and teachers are coming from the area."