LIVINGSTON, NJ — Andy’s Family Music Center of Livingston is proud to highlight Shayne Apple, a fifth grader at Riker Hill Elementary School with an aptitude for drums.

Shayne also plays trombone in the school band and participates in the school choir. According to his mother, Sharon, Shayne was inspired to pick up guitar not long after his father decided to learn the same instrument two years ago.

His father, who was not a musician before picking up the guitar, has become extremely talented in the last two years, according to Sharon, and his skills encouraged Shayne to give it a try.

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“My husband definitely has natural talent and I think his commitment and interest in doing so influenced Shayne,” she said. “It’s nice that they’re kind of on this learning journey together. It’s something [my husband] can do together with his son that connects them and because they can do it together it will motivate my son to practice without us having to force it on him.”

Although Shayne does not have favorite musician, he is exposed to many genres in the house, from Broadway tunes to country and classic rock. Sharon also said Shayne’s teacher at Andy’s has a way of creating a low-pressure environment and encourages Shayne’s talent with every lesson.

She said that between the exposure to music he gets at home, the inspiration from his father and the encouragement he receives at Andy’s, Shayne is quickly becoming a very talented musician. 

Andy’s Family Music Center, opened in 1988, is located at 77 West Mt. Pleasant Avenue in Livingston. Like Andy’s on Facebook by clicking HERE.