Sam Ash Music Corp., the nation's leading full-line music store chain, has expanded its music lessons program to its stores in King of Prussia, Pa., and Margate, Fla. The 88-year-old company launched its in-store music lessons program two years ago and now offers lessons in 20 stores nationwide.
"Music education in the U.S. has been in a state of crisis for some time now, with many school districts being forced to cut music programs from their budgets," said Richard Ash, CEO at Sam Ash Music Corp. "Sam Ash believes in the importance of music education and wants to help musicians of all skill levels grow and improve."
In the past year alone, Sam Ash has provided more than 40,000 lessons in music and technology that range from popular instruments such as guitar, keyboards and drums, to band and orchestral instruments, as well as classes for singers and deejays. The company also offers a free instruction program for digital recording, featuring Avid Pro Tools software, the industry standard for professional record production.
"While the Internet has changed the way we learn music, many people are realizing there is no substitute for working one-on-one with a knowledgeable teacher," said Sammy Ash, COO of Sam Ash Music. "That personal interaction in the classroom requires a student to think more like a performer, compared to studying alone in front of a computer."
In addition to the new lessons facilities, many Sam Ash locations feature performance stages complete with professional-grade sound and lighting systems. Students showcase their talent and what they've learned in recitals and performances right there in the store. And when students are ready to take their act on the road, Sam Ash continues to support them, offering a venue to showcase their talent: its new weekly Singer-songwriter Open Mic nights. (See the Events page on samashmusic.com for details.)
For more information on the new music lessons program, visit samashmusic.com/lessons. Students who visit the site are invited to sign up for a free trial lesson.
Sam Ash Music is the nation's leading full-line music store chain. The family owned and operated business opened in 1924 with a small store in Brooklyn, N.Y., and now operates more than 45 stores nationwide. For more information, visit: www.samashmusic.com.