John Damiano sits at the grand piano located in the Baldwinsville School of Music, which opened its doors to the musical community this fall.
continued “The viability of the Baldwinsville School of Music is almost wholly predicated on my success in recruiting independent professional music educators,” Damiano said.
On the other hand, he has spent a lot of time and energy on the project ensuring every aspect from acoustics and lighting to comfort and safety was addressed. Damiano “spared no expense in creating a setting that is conducive to music learning and is free of the distractions found in musical instrument retails outlets.”
In regards to safety, the facility is situated in a highly visible location within walking distance of the school district’s campus and features viewing windows into both lesson rooms as well one from the entrance, which is reminiscent of an old schoolhouse, into the waiting room/group lesson area.
“These provisions were implemented to offer a parent the ability to look in from the parking lot, sit in the waiting room, wait within close proximity of a lesson in progress or observe a lesson directly,” Damiano said.
As far as lessons, Damiano said fees, scheduling, target age group and skill level is up to instructors.
“Teachers will be independent contractors who will be responsible for their schedules, fees and teaching methods,” he said. “They will equally be responsible for recruiting their own students.
As the facility gains notoriety, Damiano envisions the Baldwinsville School of Music providing all types of instrumental lessons as well as possible group classes in music theory, history, instrument tuning and more. He also sees a potential for the facility to function as a community center for possible off-hours activities such as early childhood music enrichment classes, instrument demonstrations, auditions and more.
“Founding the Baldwinsville School of Music is a once-in-a-lifetime labor of love, which I hope in time becomes a signature asset in the community where children and adults will look to cultivate a passion for making music,” Damiano said.