Garden Street Music
Fall classes about to start at Garden St. Music!
Now that the kiddies are back in school – now’s a better time than ever to think about extra-curricular activities for them and for you!
One great option is over at Garden Street Music (1018 Washington St. – Basement). They offer lessons for kids of all ages, and adults, and practically any instrument you want! They even have a full-fledged recording studio if you want to pump out the next hit. Here’s a brief overview:
School of Music
“Garden Street Music offers private piano, guitar, voice, violin, drums and bass lessons for children and adults. We also have great new group classes as well such as Garden Street Singers (All Girls Contemporary Show Choir, ages 6 and up), Group Guitar/Songwriting (All ages), ROCK BAND CLASS (ages 7 and up), Adult Group Guitar, and Adult Jam Sessions!!
Our classes are designed specifically for the individual student and consist of music theory, technique, reading music, ear training, improvisation soloing, song writing and much more. We have classes for all ages, styles and levels. Styles include: Pop, Rock, Jazz, Blues, Classical, Opera, Folk, Funk, Bluegrass, Broadway, Contemporary, etc. Classes are taught by professional and certified teachers with degrees in music and sound recording. They are classically trained and have over 20 years experience sharing the stage and working with The Push Stars, Martin Sexton, Matchbox Twenty, Third Eye Blind, Dave Matthews, and Julian Lennon, to name a few. They have performed in Madison Square Garden, Carnegie Hall, and Lincoln Center.”
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A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to sit down with Dan McLoughlin, who (along with his wife Annie) recently opened Garden Street Music in the lower level of 1018 Washington Street.
Garden Street Music is a combination recording studio and music school unlike most other places because they design everything for the individual student and incorporate professional recording services in their workshops. Additionally, the students get the same instructor every week. They give piano, guitar, voice, violin and bass lessons to all ages, styles and skill levels.
It originally started on Garden St. (hence the name) when the apartment above Dan and Annie become vacant. They gave lessons there, but quickly out-grew their space (as well as tested the patience of some neighbors).
They now have a 2000 Sq. Ft. Space that can accommodate their growing business. The studio is filled with old and new school equipment and instruments. Most of the recording process is analog, up until the point where it’s digitally recorded. See their studio inventory here.
Dan began his career as an recording engineer at Dreamland Studio in Woodstock, NY, and had worked with many artists over the years. Artists such as Joe Jackson, Robert Fripp, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, 10,000 Maniacs, Weezer, The Breeders and even his own band, The Push Stars, who had their song featured on the Something About Mary soundtrack.
He continued his stop-n-go career bouncing between recording gigs and touring for many years. He eventually met his future wife while playing a gig with The Push Stars at Maxwell’s and they almost immediately fell in love. She, however, lived in Los Angeles at the time. After all the back and forth they finally settled down in Hoboken.
While Dan is the talent of this partnership, he credits Annie for being the brains behind this operation, and turning into what it is today.
On top of the standard music lessons and recording sessions, Garden Street Music also has a fun “Rock Camp” three days a week for kids 7-12 that are existing students. He groups them together and teaches them how to be a “band”. Sort of along the lines of that Jack Black movie “Rock School”.
I really got the sense of Joy Dan has running this business. He promotes the love of music and believes in good teaching discipline for the students. He truly is a bit of a perfectionist when running a recording session, too. It’s nice to see someone passionate about what they do for a living.
Welcome to Washington Street, Garden Street Music!
Description: Music lessons and Recording Studio
Address: 1018 Washington St., Hoboken, NJ 07030