About Crescendo Music Loft

Crescendo Music Loft is the physical manifestation of a vision that’s been decades in the making. In brief, ‘The Loft’ is a musical incubator that enables students to become performers. Crescendo Music Loft (CML) nurtures musical growth for beginners and maturing musicians, alike through exposure of each student to a wide spectrum of performance and training tools available at its facilitiy. These include The Groove – a monthly open mic night exclusively for teens, Sessions – a monthly concert featuring seven short acts, and Gig 101 – a weekly compilation of students assembled into a live band for the evening. Additionally, CML offers performance space for rent, live video recording, music lessons for all levels, music theory coaching and much more.Crescendo Music Loft

At its core, Crescendo Music Loft is the physical manifestation of its founder, Sandy Connolly. Her skill set includes being able to identify and develop talent in  her students and aid them in experiencing the enjoyment and celebration of the love of music she shares. 

A well-established and highly-respected music teacher, Sandy Connolly earned her BA in Voice Performance at Tennessee’s University of the South, where she trained as a classical singer focusing on opera. Ironically, she’s most comfortable in her chosen element – singing the blues with her own band. Additionally, Ms. Connolly hosts several area open mic nights and teaches music students with her own, proprietary Crescendo Music System – which she began developing over 20 years ago.

Quick with good cheer, a radiant smile and infectious laugh, Sandy is decidedly not “your mother’s music teacher.” Sandy admits that music theory had to be beaten into her and as such, she’s dedicated herself to stuffing music theory into the brains, hands and voices of as many people who will sit still for even a moment.

Sandy Connolly, in her own words:

“You could say I run a music studio and teach voice, piano, and music theory, but some might call it a boot camp. I’m continually developing my own material and trying it out on my students, who continually help me find new and better ways to teach.”

Sandy’s ‘big picture’ passion is to “inject energy and life into the local music scene in any way possible… I run three open mics (at local venues, Donahue’s of Madison, CT, Guilford Country Tavern, and my own Groove: Open Mic for Teens at The Loft); I am the leader, lead singer, and rhythm guitar player of my own band, I run a Monday night class at RVP that helps people learn how to perform in context of a band, and I have recently become an impresario.”

Crescendo Music Studio recently moved to its new home at ‘The Loft’, where music students and enthusiasts enjoy a range of pursuits and events in a 1,800 square foot, second floor space dedicated to music. Crescendo Music Loft is situated in the rustic setting of Beebe’s Dock & Mooring and East River Marine – a classic New England boatyard, located at 5-B Old Post Road in Madison, CT – tucked behind The Red Tomato and Friends & Company restaurants.

See you soon at ‘The Loft’ – get your chops with us!