Pleasant Street Music Studio

Quality Music Lessons: Teaching students one note at a time

Fall Lesson Special

Fall Registration now open for new and returning piano, voice, guitar, bass, violin, trumpet, trombone, horn, clarinet, saxophone, percussion students–and more!

Free trial lesson when you signup by August 30th. 

Contact us today to setup your trial: 978-921-2200 or

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 My name is Peter Mercurio and I live in Gloucester, Massachusetts.

I have been playing the guitar since I was 10 years old.  I loved music so much, and especially the guitar that I knew I had to get special training, so I went to the Berklee College of Music.

I play all styles, but especially love jazz, rock’n roll and classical guitar. I also play the bass

guitar and ukulele. I have also taught piano to guitarists that wanted some piano knowledge.

   Besides playing live, I also have been teaching those instruments for 30 years.

I love to teach and believe I am a very good teacher. Besides teaching the mechanics

of playing  the guitar, what is also important to me is making sure that the student knows why

he or she is doing this or that particular thing, and what to call it. My moto is,

“Always know what you’re playing, why, and what to call it.”

    In addition to playing live, and teaching, I also build and repair guitars and tune pianos.

So you see “Music” is in my blood. It is my life.


Peter G. Mercurio

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Fall 2018 Registration Open

Registration is now open for returning and new students for Fall 2018 lessons and classes. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER. Register by August 17th to secure your spot!


Visit Private Lessons and Group Classes for more information or Contact Us.

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Summer workshops and lessons. It’s not too late!

summer music

Summer is a great time to make music! We offer flexible summer scheduling for private lessons in guitar, voice, piano, and violin from now to Labor day.

We also have several fun workshops to get your groove on starting the week of July 15th through August (6 weeks):

Piano for Pre-K/K (ages 3.5-6)

Kids on Keys (ages 7-12)

Voice class (ages 9-14)

Ensemble I (ages 8-12), all instruments

Ensemble II (ages 13-18), all instruments

Piano 101 (teens/adults)

Class sizes are limited to 6 participants so that we can give you the attention you deserve!

Contact us for more information!

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Piano Performance at Shalin Liu

Every year, Pleasant Street Music Studio piano students may qualify to perform at the Shalin Liu performance center in connection with the North Shore Piano Teachers’ Guild. Nice job Tyler!

Click here to see Tyler’s performance of Alla Turca (K. 331) by W.A. Mozart. If link does not work, copy and paste the following into your web browser:


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Connecting through Music


Our theme this year is “Connecting through Music.” We want to know: How do you share music? Let us know by replying to this post! #musicalconnections #sharemusic

In the studio, musical challenges are in effect, Harry Potter style: Students of all ages and instruments are part of a House, except our houses are named after musical composers (the Schumann, Joplin, Liszt, Mendelssohn, and Debussy House).  You earn points for your team by connecting through music in any of the following ways:

*Attend a concert 
*Compose a song (16+ measures)
*Complete a Monthly musical challenge 
*Read a book about composer, musician, band, or style of music
Some students have already been earning points for their house–keep up the good work!
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IMG-2370 (1).JPGPleasant Street Music Studio students attended Cape Ann Symphony’s “Russian Fireworks” on Sunday, September 24 at Ipswich High School, and met concert pianist Ya-Fei Chuang after the performance. Pictured here (from left to right): Penelope, Anna, Ya-Fei Chuang, Laura, Patrick and Irene. We asked Chuang how she memorized all of the Rachmaninoff Prelude No. 2 and how she became such a talented pianist, and she shared her secret with us: Practice!

(Published in Manchester Cricket on Friday, September 29, 2017)

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Summer Lessons, Workshops, and Camps–Oh My!

Summer is a wonderful time to improve your singing or piano playing! We are now accepting new students. Come to our studio located in Manchester or enjoy lessons in the comfort of your own home. Summer also offers flexible scheduling with 4, 8, or 12 lesson package options.
Click here for more information about summer lessons.
Also, we have some exciting classes coming up (5 weeks, 7/11-8/8).
  • Piano for Pre-K/K (Pre-K/K, beginner piano), Tuesdays
  • Kids on Keys (Grade 1-5, beginner piano), Tuesdays or Wednesdays
  • Voice class (Grades 2-5) Wednesdays
Or sign up for one of our week long summer workshops in August (Monday-Thursday, 10:00-12:00 or 2:00-4:00).  Prerequisite: Basic note-reading ability
  • Week 1: July 17-21, Pop/Rock Workshop (Grades 4-8)

This workshop combines piano and voice. Students learn how to rock the rhythm, make the tune sing, add harmony, and perform with a group. We will perform on the last day.

  • Week 2: July 31-August 3, Songwriting Workshop (Grades 4-8, and 9-12)

Students will create their own music and make a demo CD using GarageBand. Topics include experiencing different rhythmic meters, composing a melody, harmonizing the melody, and using chord progressions–while exploring diverse styles and traditions.


May 20, 2017 Recital

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2 spots left in Ms. Gillian’s Voice Class

Explore the wonderful world of singing through the study of healthy voice technique and breathing, ear training, sight-reading and interpretation. We will also learn songs from a variety of genres from Classical to Contemporary to Jazz to Musical Theatre. All you need to bring: your body, an open mind, spirit and voice!

Class are at 4:15-5:15 on Wednesdays on the following dates: 6/7, 6/14, 6/21, 6/28, (no class 7/5) and 7/12. The final class will include a showcase performance. 5 weeks, $125, materials included. Contact to register.

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Accepting New Students this Summer!

We will begin accepting new students on May 26, 2017.  Purchase 4, 8, or 12 lesson packages for Summer 2017. See Summer Lessons 2017 or Contact Us for more information.

Also, new and continuing students who take summer lessons are entitled to early registration for the 2017-2018 school year.

Next group class session begins June 5, 2017. See Group Classes.




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