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Aug 23, 2019

Two New Teachers on the Fabulous Faculty

It is our pleasure to introduce two new teachers at the Fabulous School of Music starting in September 2019 for the fall semester, Tiffany Baxter and Erinn Brown.

Posted By: erik.mccoy

Jan 10, 2019

Welcome Mary Barba

The Fabulous School of Music is happy to announce our newest teacher: Mary Barba.

Posted By: erik.mccoy

Jan 10, 2019

Introducing Fabulous ONLINE Guitar Lessons!

We’re thrilled to introduce our longtime Fabulous School of Music teacher Erin Burke-Moran of the rock outfit Caspian as our first online guitar instructor.

Posted By: erik.mccoy

Apr 29, 2018

Tech Shop News

The Fabulous School of Music Tech Shop is open for business!!  For those of you who need some fixing, setting up or upgrading to your axe, we now have local luthier, Collin Curtis, doing all of our guitar & bass repairs/modifications!

Oct 23, 2017

Welcome Mark Retallack and Aaron Chase

The Fabulous School of Music is happy to announce our two newest teachers: Mark Retallack and Aaron Chase.

Jan 30, 2017

Welcome Stephanie Lento & Tom Groleau

We at the Fabulous School of Music are very happy to announce our two newest teachers, Stephanie Lento and Tom Groleau.  Stephanie comes back to us (she started her musical journey here) bringing her music expertise and enthusiasm to teach voice and piano lessons.  Tom, an extremely talented Boston-based musician, brings his experience & wealth of musical knowledge to the Fab, teaching drums, guitar and bass.  We are so honored to add them both to our Fabulous Faculty!  Welcome aboard Stephanie and Tom!

Jan 06, 2016

Welcoming Daniel Nichols

The Fabulous School of Music is happy to announce our newest teacher, Daniel Nichols. Daniel comes to us with a Degree in Songwriting and Music Education from Berklee College of Music (2008). He brings a wealth of musical knowledge, instructs several instruments & has taught music full-time in and around the Boston area since 2011. We are extremely honored to add him to our Fabulous Faculty! Welcome aboard Daniel!

Sep 08, 2014

Fabulous School of Music announces a new Voice and Piano teacher to our Faculty, Paige Revens

We have experienced an amazing increase of Vocal and Piano students in the past few years. It became apparent that we needed another Voice teacher to meet the increased demand.  Paige comes to us with great musical credentials and a wealth of teaching experience in and around the Boston area. We are extremely happy to add her to our Fabulous Faculty!  Welcome aboard Paige!

Nov 27, 2013

A Beverly Music Book and Supply Store Run by Musicians for Musicians

When it comes to music supplies, convenience is key. A string can break on a dime, leaving a practicing guitarist without one-sixth of their sound. Or maybe that last guitar pick falls deep into the abyss of the couch cushions, never to be seen again. Maybe you’ve downloaded some sheet music, only to learn that you’ll need a capo to play the song.

Oct 30, 2013

Instrument Repairs with a Player’s Touch

Quality repair work is just as important for new and old players. The Fabulous School of Music repair shop has better turnaround than other local shops, with prices that won’t burn a hole in your pocket.  We currently offer guitar, bass, and drum repairs, with hours running from 12 – 3 on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. Check out our repair shop page for specific services offered, and contact Julian for an honest, affordable repair today.

May 28, 2013

Book Store

Along with our New Tech Shop, The Fabulous School of Music has opened our very own Books & Supplies Store on the street level at 8 Bow St. in downtown Beverly.  Our objective is to stock all the books and supplies needed for our many students to help them learn better, practice more and keep their instruments clean, maintained and playing properly. We’re open to the general public as well and are currently the only music book and supply store in Beverly.

May 24, 2013

Jakub Matczynski

Jakub Matczynski is the newest member of the Fabulous Faculty!
We are happy to announce our newest member of the Fabulous Faculty, Jakub Matczynski.  Jakub has been teaching piano in our area for a few years and now he will be teaching at the Fab as well as home lessons for your convenience.  Welcome aboard Jakub!!

Mar 23, 2013

You can’t stop the flow of music: a call to parents

American composer Aaron Copeland once said, “To stop the flow of music would be like the stopping of time itself, incredible and inconceivable.”

Mar 14, 2013

Release the endorphins

Musicians and runners may have more in common than you think…

Feb 11, 2013

Interview with Tom Moore

I recently conducted a phone interview with a young music writer from Buffalo NY.  Here’s are some of the questions and answers.

Jan 28, 2013

Music lessons will transform you into the Marco Polo of the soul

Some people think that once you hit a certain age, you should not be taking music lessons.  You’re too old to pick up the guitar!  The drums have passed you by!  That is wrong on so many levels.  Music does not pass you by.  It stays with you – in your pyrotechnic blood, in the pitter-patter of your heart palpitations.  If you are eighty-six-years-old and have always wanted to learn the guitar, come on down! 

It does not matter if you are eighty-six or six, because – as Plato puts it – “Music and rhythm find their way into the secret places of the soul.” Everyone has a soul that perks up when approached by music.  It is like falling in love for the first time over and over again.  Music lessons are perfect for all ages.  Not only will music lessons find their way into the secret places of your soul, they will also help your brain.

The health benefits are numerous and, depending on the student’s age, the benefits may be stronger.  In the article “Music lessons linked to lasting brain benefits” Katie Moisse of ABC News writes, “The study of 45 young adults found those with at least one year of childhood musical training had enhanced neurological responses to sound, a trait tied to improved learning and listening abilities.” Enhancing one’s neurological capabilities greatly enhances all areas of life.  The senses become sharper and the mind stronger.  A better listener is naturally a better learner.  Hearing notes (or noise) teaches the brain to look for patterns. 

Although the article explores the benefits of music lessons on younger children, lessons are neurologically good for people of all ages.  Want a more efficient brain?  Take some music lessons.  Want to explore the secret places of your soul?  Take some music lessons.  Music lessons will transform you into the Marco Polo of the soul. 

For Moisse’s article, look here: Music Lessons Linked to Lasting Brain Benefits.


Jan 18, 2013

Music, when soft voices die; start taking lessons today

It is all around you, rollerblading on the air.  You cannot avoid it.  You start the day with it, as you step outside to grab the morning paper, your hand tightly wrapped around a coffee cup – the thorough chirps of birds greeting you.  How their collective song meets the exhaust thump of traffic.  It is as if your own personal DJ is remixing the sounds of morning for you.  That is how the day goes, immersed in noise and trying to seek solace in the sounds.  The music of the world carries you through the day and into night or, as Shelley writes, “Music, when soft voices die, / Vibrates in the memory - / Odours, when sweet violets sicken, / Live within the sense they quicken.” Where would we be without music?

For most – if not all – of us, not a day goes by that we do not listen to music, through either our iPods or the world around us.  It helps stabilize our souls and encourages us to push through life’s grime and muck.  A musician is like Santa Claus, gifting with every song, with every strum of the guitar.  Playing music benefits both the musician and the listener.  It is a perfect relationship.  Have you ever considered moving out from the realm of mere listener and picking up an instrument?

The line “music, when soft voices die” refers to the everlasting power of music; it is like a fossil deep in the mind.  When you unearth it, you are an archaeologist flung headfirst into the emotions of an era.  The more you dig, the more you learn.  Start taking lessons today and add to the archaeological study of the soul.  New Year, new you, new soul.

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Jan 08, 2013

Repair your guitar; it’s your best friend

You can’t watch episodes of Pawn Stars or American Restoration without eventually seeing a guitar or other musical instrument brought in by an anxious customer, to sell or to have restored.  It is a beautiful process, watching a group of dedicated workers toil on an old or busted-up instrument, restoring it to its former glory. 

America is gaga over restoration.  At the Fabulous School of Music, we are gaga too!  We are excited to announce that we will soon be offering repair and maintenance for guitars and other instruments.  While we won’t be restoring your 1959 Gibson Les Paul, we can repair the guitar that has been sitting in your closet for the past few years.  Do you want to pick up an instrument again and let off some steam?  Let us look at it and we will get you back on track. 

Do these apply to you?


You’re in need of repairs and maintenance for your guitar, bass or drum set.  We will do the following:


You will be glad you repaired your instrument.  Your playing will improve dramatically.  Call Julian at 617-610-7143.  Special packages and discounts are available!
About the guitar, Andre Segovia – the father of modern classical guitar – said, “Among God’s creatures two, the dog and the guitar, have taken all the sizes and all the shapes, in order not to be separated from the man.” Man’s best friends are the dog and the guitar.  Similar to the dog, music has been with man through thick and thin, through the rise and fall of civilizations.  It is there for us when we are happy or sad.  The guitar is your antidepressant.  If your dog is sick, you take it to the vet.  If your guitar is sick, take it to us.

Keep a lookout on our blog as we will be providing updates on repair and maintenance, as well as other musings and updates.

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Apr 24, 2012

Due to popular demand, the Fabulous School of Music is adding Ukulele lessons!

Everyone wants to play it and now we have Tom Carroll offering lessons on it.  It’s a fun instrument perfect for camping, sing-alongs and the little hands of children that may have difficulty with the size of a guitar.

Posted By: sjcallan

Jan 16, 2012

Welcome aboard, Liz!

The Fabulous School of Music is happy and proud to add Liz Kereakoglow to our Fabulous Faculty. Liz will be teaching violin, viola, cello, guitar, bass and piano, specializing in the younger students with her Suzuki certification. Welcome aboard, Liz!

Oct 05, 2011

Welcoming Joe Pino & Rich Stevens

The Fabulous School of Music is happy to announce 2 new teachers that have just been added to the fabulous faculty.

Jun 03, 2011

Welcome aboard Chris!!!

We are happy to announce a new Guitar Teacher to the Fabulous Faculty!  He is Chris Galat and he will be teaching Thursday-Saturday at the Fabulous School of Music. Welcome aboard Chris!!!

Posted By: sjcallan

Sep 05, 2010

2010 Fall Semester Songwriting Class w/Jenifer Tobiasz coming Oct. 4th @ 6pm!

Jun 17, 2010

Kemp Dunn is now teaching drums and hand percussion at the Fab School of Music!

We are proud to announce a new teacher to our faculty, Kemp Dunn. Kemp teaches drums and hand percussion in all styles. He brings years of playing and teaching experience to the school. It’s great to have you on board Kemp!

Mar 10, 2010

Erin’s 1st night out with “Caspian”

Caspian’s 1st night on tour went very well!

Posted By: erin_burke-moran