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New music business opens in Palmerton

  • TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Owner/instructor Tony Oriolo stands outside his Fret Prodigy Studios business at 415 Delaware Avenue in Palmerton.
    TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Owner/instructor Tony Oriolo stands outside his Fret Prodigy Studios business at 415 Delaware Avenue in Palmerton.
Published March 22. 2012 05:01PM

Music wonders can revel in a new studio that has set up shop in Palmerton.

Fret Prodigy Studios, at 415 Delaware Avenue, had the unique look and feel to pique anyone's interest.

And, that's just the start, according to owner/instructor Tony Oriolo, who has set his sights high for his music business.

Oriolo said the music store offers guitar, bass, bass guitar, drum, piano, and vocal lessons. It also buys and sells used musical instruments and equipment, and sells new musical supplies like drumheads, drumsticks, and guitar straps, he said.

One of the reasons Oriolo said he chose Palmerton as the destination to locate his business at was in the hopes that he could help revive the area's music program.

"I realize a lot of people have been saying Palmerton's music program's not as good as it should be," he said. "My goal is to uplift the music program, and I hope to get into the high school system and make Palmerton's music program better."

Oriolo said he plans to hire a new vocal teacher, and added that the business will eventually expand its musical lesson repertoire.

"I was a little skeptical at first about starting my own business," he said. "But, it has really, really taken off, and there's been a lot of interest in lessons."

The studio could eventually host a who's who of local bands and their merchandise, Oriolo said.

"I also want to open a recording studio here for bands in the area," she said. "And, I'd like to promote local bands by selling their CD's and merchandise, as well as playing their music in the store."

Oriolo said he can teach students how to site read music, and noted that guitar students have 24-hour online support through video lessons.

Hours of operation are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 9-4 on Saturday.

Appointments may be made by calling 610-844-8761, or by visiting fretprodigy.com.

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