Transitioning to focus on a school will also mean hiring more teaching staff to provide music lessons Donohue said.
Jake Smith, who’s been playing music for much of his life, said he’s excited about the change.
“I was with Moe’s Place right from the very beginning and it was always about lessons right from day one,” he said. “Moe Brown was a guitar teacher who just happened to have retail. Now it’s back to the way it started.”
Smith said he hopes that people who have supported the store will continue to support the business through the music programs.
“We’ll still have accessories, strings, straps and all of that stuff and still order things in, but it’s now Moe’s Place Music School,” Smith said.
Moe’s will fully transition into a school by Spring 2017, with some renovations expected to take place to accommodate more classrooms.
Hours will also change to reflect the new business model.
The Feedback Monkeys, a band with Moe’s Place Music School’s Rock N Roll Boot Camp program, help to celebrate the announcement with some songs.