Want to Learn an Instrument? Try The Music Salon


Sean McGary, owner of the Music Salon, recently announced that The Music Salon recently moved to Silverton, next door to the DrumCenter of Cincinnati.  I’ll have more details soon, but in the interim I recommend calling the same number as before – 859.444.6231 – to look into music lessons.

The Music Salon / 859.444.6231

Do you want to learn how to play an instrument? If so, you should know about a new music studio that opened recently in Dayton, Kentucky, a mile down the road from Newport on the Levee.

The Music Salon teaches both beginners as well as musicians who know a few things but are eager to advance to the next level. One-on-one private lessons are offered for guitar, bass, piano, vocals, drums, and most brass and reed instruments.

Along with boasting a long track record of performing and recording in a wide variety of musical settings, the owner of The Music Salon also has great pedigree, as you might guess from his last name. Sean McGary is the son of Jimmy McGary, a tenor saxophonist who was one of Cincinnati’s best jazz musicians ever.

Understandably, Sean got the musician bug at an early age, and he’s been involved in a wide variety of noteworthy projects, including a lengthy stay with Freekbass. As a member of Freekbass, he recorded with Bootsy Collins, Catfish Collins, Bernie Worrell, and Buckethead.

On a way different end of the musical spectrum, Sean also recorded tracks with country legend David Alan Coe.

Sean plays out three to five nights a week at greater Cincinnati clubs, and stylistically he’s performed everything from quiet, introspective acoustic duets with a female singer to hard rock.

It seems safe to assume, then, that no matter what style of music you’re interested in playing, Sean, who teaches guitar and bass, has experience in that genre. He’s also been around long enough to know who to hire as fellow teachers; his colleagues include Holly Spears, who has collaborated and toured with Blessid Union of Souls

Sean has also fifteen years of experience as a teacher at various music stores and education centers. So why did he decide to go out on his own?

“I wanted to open up my own place to help people with the gift of music,” he told me recently. “It helped me growing up to find an identity and feel part of something. Playing guitar kept me out of trouble and was instrumental in my development as a person. Corny, but true.”

Now for some quick reminiscing: My first music lessons were a frightening affair. In a small windowless room a short white-haired lady by the name of Mrs. Shook, who gave me no shortage of hell my when fourth-grade fingers failed to arch properly over the neck of a violin.

I mention that sad tale because there are alternatives, such as The Music Salon. Sean describes it as “a place where beginners, aspiring musicians—and including experienced ones—can learn how to play (or perfect!) a favorite musical instrument from a qualified, professional teacher in a fun, relaxed, and musically enhancing environment.”

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