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Haverhill

March 29, 2013

The right note: Traditions of the Haverhill Music Centre live on

HAVERHILL — Ten music instructors who taught at a popular downtown studio that closed last fall have come together at a new studio to teach people of all ages how to play instruments, perform in front of a live audience and to sing.

Their new “Be Imagine Music Studio” is just a few blocks away from where they previously taught.

“Since we opened in November everybody has been enjoying the new studio as we have a bit more space and it’s in a new facility,” said studio owner Benjamin Goldbaum, who teaches guitar and bass and leads a youth rock band program, just as he did at the Haverhill Music Centre.

For decades young and old made the trek to the Haverhill Music Centre in the heart of Haverhill’s downtown.

It was known as the place to go for sheet music, instruments, accessories and repairs, and also a place where they could learn to play instruments such as the piano, drums, and guitar.

But when the business closed last September after nearly 60 years in operation, its music instructors and their students were left without a permanent home.

Then in November Goldbaum found the answer – a suite in the Burgess Business Center on Essex Street just several blocks from the former Haverhill Music Centre.

“We encourage our students to ‘be what you imagine,’” Goldbaum said about his new studio. “We have some of the most excellent music teachers in the area and some of them have been teaching for over 30 and over 40 years and have a large following of students.”

Goldbaum said that when the Haverhill Music Centre closed last September, its owner, Brian Ross encouraged him to open his own studio so that he and the other instructors could continue teaching their many students.

Teachers at the Centre encouraged him as well and followed him to the new location.

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