Unleash your family’s creative potential with an afternoon at Long & McQuade, Toronto’s massive musical instrument emporium. If it makes music, they’ve got it, so send the kids off to find the instruments they were born to play. Those interested in playing in the school band–and one day Carnegie Hall, no doubt–will gravitate to the clarinets, bassoons, and tubas on display. Tomorrow’s rock stars, meanwhile, will probably make a beeline for the electric guitars, so be sure to snap a photo of the little ones posing with a Fender Stratocaster or “flying-V”-shaped guitar worthy of an ’80s headbanger. It could be worth something in a few years when they’re on the top of the charts. At this point, as your energetic child hungrily eyes a massive drum kit, you might begin to fear a cacophony of harsh sounds in your home. Avoid the noise by enrolling them in on-site music lessons for piano, guitar, drum, violin, brass, and even singing. They’ll work out all the sour notes in class, so you’ll have nothing but skillful, polished musicians at home … hopefully. Families looking to follow in the footsteps of the Von Trapps or Jacksons should take advantage of the recording equipment and music software on hand. With a lot of practice–and even more patience–your musical dreams will come true.

Long & McQuade

925 Bloor St W Toronto ON M6H 1L5

(416) 588-7886

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