If you were to ask Factoryville resident Tom Rogo about the first time he ever sang or played guitar in front of a group of people, chances are you might be surprised.
“I was nervous,” the seasoned performing veteran of 25 years readily admitted. “But then, I got so excited by it that it lit a fire inside of me and I couldn’t stop.”
Rogo is now hoping to do some igniting of his own as he is the owner of the new Abington Music, located inside of Duffy’s Coffee House, 312 S. State St., Clarks Summit. Abington Music will serve as a music instruction center as well as a musical instrument retail and rental store.
Rogo called his location the “perfect marriage” between Duffy’s, which regularly hosts live music, and Abington Music because his teaching philosophy emphasizes live performance above everything else.
“We have in mind to focus on performance with the students so that they can get up and demonstrate their skills and get used to playing in front of people,” he said. “That’s part of the reason why we wanted a stage performance venue.”
Abington Music will offer guitar, piano, voice, drums, percussion, violin and bass lessons as well as band and jazz instruments. Lessons are priced at $22 per half hour or $20 per lesson if paid monthly. Rogo is also planning on forming group lessons.
Rogo is hosting a meet-and-greet at the studio this Thursday, Jan. 16, beginning at 6 p.m., where visitors will meet each of his instructors, many of whom have acquired a fan base through their musical careers. Instructors include Anthony Petrone, Mark Woodyatt, Jill Huizing Kemmerer, Zack Cole, Jacob Cole, Jillian Sparacino, Charles Russello, Barbara Cohen, Tony Reakes and Nathan Montella.
“We don’t call them recitals here because they are actual performances in front of a crowd of people in a real-life atmosphere,” Rogo said. “We aren’t your typical music studio; we truly believe in the fun and joy of performing here.”
“It’s all about sharing talent; that’s why we are doing this,” he continued. “Some people just want to do it as a hobby but there’s nothing like live music. If you can move people with live music, it is a great thing.”
For more information on Abington Music, call Rogo at 570-455-7350 or visit its Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Abington-Music/560607667360940.