F.A.Q.

Recording flugelhorn with Tim ByrnesHow do I find out more about recording at Acme?
Please contact studio director and head engineer Rich Bennett: rich@acmehallstudios.com or 929-265-ACME. Our studio is bookable for recording sessions on Fridays/Saturdays/Sundays, many holidays, and throughout the summer months.

Do you rent out the studio for rehearsal space?
No. We are strictly a recording and lesson studio. We do not rent out our rooms for practice and rehearsal space.

Do you record student demos for auditions or school applications?
Yes. We work with singers and instrumentalists on recordings for audition submissions as well as high school, college, and conservatory admissions. Please email rich@acmehallstudios.com or call 929-265-ACME to discuss your particular project and deadline.

gyilIs there a performance opportunity for students?
Yes. At the end of the semester we put on a day of student performances at Shapeshifter Lab, a beautiful jazz venue in Gowanus/Park Slope.

Why a 16 week commitment?
A student needs regular lessons (and regular practice between lessons) to improve at an instrument. Dedication is the key to progress. We are able to attract such a high level of faculty talent because we guarantee teachers a full semester of reliable work, where they can devote their time to developing relationships with specific students. Both students and faculty benefit from the consistency and it’s a rewarding semester for everyone.

What if I decide I want lessons after the start of the semester?
Should a student become interested in lessons at any point in the semester, he or she may begin lessons then, space permitting. The fee will be prorated to reflect the number of lessons remaining.

brittany and aprilWhat is your cancellation and make up policy?
A student’s regular weekly lesson slot is reserved exclusively for them, meaning that this time slot will never be used for any other bookings by Acme during the semester. Therefore, there are no refunds for lessons missed due to student absence or cancellation. Due to scheduling considerations, Acme does not require instructors to make up lessons missed by students. However, instructors may make up lessons at their discretion. Make up lessons occur either during the predetermined Make Up Week at the end of the semester or at other times, space permitting. A lesson cancelled less than 24 hours in advance cannot be rescheduled.

Do I need to buy an instrument?
Having daily access to your instrument is central to regular practice. Drummers may work at home with pads if volume is an issue. Rentals are a possibility and we are happy to connect you with a good music store that rents instruments.

Can I buy strings and other music supplies at Acme?
We are a direct dealer for D’Addario, Planet Waves, and ProMark. We sell drum sticks, guitar strings, peg winders, tuners, capos, straps and more.

Do you repair instruments and/or restring guitars?
We restring guitars and basses. The fee for a restring is $20 and includes the price of new strings. We also have an excellent repair person who works with us. If you need a repair, please let us know and we will arrange for it.