Sept. 4, 2019 By Shane O’Brien
A guitar school in Astoria is hitting all the right notes and will next week relocate to a bigger location on 37th Street to accommodate the growing number of aspiring guitar players in Queens.
The Queens Guitar School has struck a chord with local residents and will move a short distance from its current home at 32-18 Broadway to a much bigger space at 31-76 37th St. on Tuesday, Sept. 10.
An open house and a ribbon cutting ceremony will take place between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Sept. 10 to celebrate the opening of the new location. The open house will include free guitar lessons, live music, guitar string changes and prizes, while the ribbon cutting ceremony will be attended by Council Member Costa Constantinides.
Queens Guitar School instructor Tony Calabro will also perform the national anthem on an electric guitar.
The New York City Guitar School, the Queens school’s parent company, currently operates five locations throughout New York. The Astoria school is its only Queens location and it will be the first to occupy a street level storefront.
New York City Guitar School President Dan Emery said that the new Astoria location will be roughly twice as big as the old space, which was first established in Astoria a decade ago.
“We are so excited to move into our new bigger and better ground floor location,” said Emery. “After 10 years in a smaller space four blocks away, we feel incredibly honored to expand our work in Astoria.”
Emery said that the location will offer group and individual guitar lessons in five large classrooms, the largest of which can be used as a performance space for students to showcase their newly acquired talents.
The guitar school plans to eventually divide one of the classrooms into several smaller rooms for individual tutoring and private lessons.
Emery said that the school was moving location to accommodate the steady growth it has seen since it was set up in Astoria 10 years ago. He said that the old location, which consisted of two classrooms and two private teaching rooms, didn’t allow for further growth.
He also said that the old location was located on the second floor and up a flight of stairs which made it difficult for elderly people and parents with strollers to access the school.
The Astoria location will open from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. from Monday to Thursday and will open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays and Sunday. The school is closed on Fridays.
The school is also offering new special discounts of $19 for a trial lesson and 20 percent off any September adult class.