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Creating an environment for cultural expression

Local dentist invests to bring community the Baldwinsville School of Music

John Damiano sits at the grand piano located in the Baldwinsville School of Music, which opened its doors to the musical community this fall.

John Damiano sits at the grand piano located in the Baldwinsville School of Music, which opened its doors to the musical community this fall.

— John Damiano has combined his passion for music with his savvy business smarts to bring the Baldwinsville School of Music to the community.

A dentist by day (he established his Baldwinsville practice in 1990), Damiano has been focused on his career since he was in the eighth grade. However, he now has a desire to add music to his resume.

“Somewhere along the way, I became enamored with playing electronic keyboards,” Damiano said. “Progressively I’ve morphed a hobby into a passion and then a passion into a pseudo-addiction and an addiction into an alter ego. I enjoy the endeavor to align my vocation as a dentist with my avocation as a keyboard musician. I reasoned that the ultimate path to take in that regard is to establish my own music business.”

Rather than opening a business selling instruments, Damiano elected instead to create a cultural facility.

“[The Baldwinsville School of Music] is a family-oriented establishment that can stay relevant in Baldwinsville indefinitely,” he said. “Lessons in fundamental music theory to advanced musical performance will be the only source of revenue therefore making this enterprise a purely cultural entity. My intention is to invite only professional music educators and highly credentialed musicians to join the charter staff. I prefer to make the name Baldwinsville School of Music synonymous with high quality music education and not my secondary income at all costs.”

Located at 45 East Genesee St. in the village, the facility consists of two private lesson rooms and a group lesson classroom where professional music educators can instruct children and adults. It also features a baby grand piano available for students to use during their lessons.

“[The baby grand piano] is the centerpiece of the entire operation and truly sets us apart from our competitors,” Damiano said.

While he is positive the endeavor will be a success, he admits there is some risk.

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