New York’s music scene is unrivaled throughout the world, but you don’t need to be a lifelong musician to take advantage of the many resources available in the city’s creative community. Here are just a few of the best musical institutions where you can learn an instrument, find a teacher, or book a rehearsal space to learn or master the musical instrument of your choice.
400 Bedford Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11211
This family-operated music school makes learning music a fun and creative process, offering private instruction in guitar, bass, woodwinds, and more. It also offers group courses for adults wishing to learn guitar, drums, or ukulele in a warm, friendly setting.
58 7th Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11217
The Brooklyn Conservatory of Music is a beloved neighborhood resource for music instruction, offering group classes and private lessons in every major musical instrument as well as top-notch Suzuki-method training and innovative music therapy. Students looking to explore new genres of music can try the school’s Klezmer Ensemble, Jazz Vocal ensemble, or Community Brass Band.
41-08 Bell Boulevard
Bayside, NY 11361
Since making its debut in 2013, Vienna Music in Queens has built a reputation for high-quality classical instrument and voice training for ages three and up. Offering group lessons, individual lessons, rehearsal studios, and concert space, Vienna Music is a one-stop-shop for musical excellence.
44-02 23rd Street, Suite #414
Long Island City, NY 11101
More than just a music school, Sage Music is a community of music lovers of all ages, walks of life, and musical skill levels. Sage Music’s philosophy revolves around empowering students with the skills they need to “play any song,” and its consistent excellence has won it the Queens Courier title of “Best Art School in Queens.”
Broadway & 72nd Street
Manhattan, NY 10023
Although Dan’s marketing signs are no longer on every cafe bulletin board and phone booth in Manhattan, Dan Smith will teach you guitar—as long as you take at least one class per week. His lessons are well-reviewed, cost $125 per hour, and are conducted at his Upper West Side studio.
218 West 72nd Street
New York, NY 10023
This music school and summer camp works to foster an appreciation for music in children at an early age, offering classes for young people from babies to teenagers. With regular recitals, outreach performances throughout the community, and a yearly festival, Silver Music provides the motivation that children need to flourish.
330 Wythe Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11211
This is Williamsburg’s prime spot for new and vintage guitars, drums, keyboards, amplifiers and more, in all price ranges. Every item has been handpicked by the store’s staff of professional musicians, and the place is full of unusual effect pedals and acoustic instruments you never knew you needed.
461 Broome Street
New York, NY 10013
Since opening its doors in 1978, Rudy’s Music has been the city’s go-to guitar store for acoustic and electric models alike. The store’s owner, Rudy Pensa, is a highly-respected guitar builder known for his first-rate service and guitar-savvy. More than just a store, Rudy’s is a shrine to rock music’s favorite instrument.
220 West 30th Street
New York, NY 10001
An audiophile’s dream house, Rogue Music is the spot to track down used and vintage analog equipment. With a well-stocked store and professional team of repair technicians, Rogue is the place to find or fix your most treasured musical instruments and accessories.
34-17 28th Avenue
Astoria, NY 11103
Selling everything from keyboards to speakers to banjos, Astoria Music has a well-rounded supply of state-of-the-art instruments and a wide range of repair services.
188 Stanton Street
New York, NY 10002
Located in the city’s music mecca of the Lower East Side, Rivington Music Rehearsal Studios has offered New York musicians affordable rehearsal space for the past 30 years. Today, it boasts newly-refurbished, state-of-the-art studios starting at just $20/hour.
440 West 41st Street
New York, NY 10036
Threshold Recording Studios NYC facilities include a world class recording studio rich in 20+ years of NYC music history as well as a fully stocked rehearsal space complete with upright and electric piano, amps, instruments, and full backline. The rehearsal room starts at $40.00 per hour with a two hour minimum and is by appointment only. For higher end writing sessions and rehearsals, the recording studio’s live room is also available for rent.
262 Meserole Street
Brooklyn, NY 11206
The Sweatshop aims to provide affordable pricing to NYC musicians, and offers a range of rooms with hourly rates from $18 to $38, depending on the size of the room and equipment offered. Reservations are required and rooms can be booked for a minimum of one hour.
If you’re looking for an alternative space to rehearse with your band, check out nyc.spacefinder.org for a range of options ranging from Flatbush, Brooklyn to Woodside, Queens, to Harlem, Manhattan, and everywhere in between.