Sharing His Passion for Music

By Patti Shaffer

“Follow your passion, be prepared to work hard and sacrifice, and above all, don’t let anyone limit your dreams.”

— Donovan Bailey

Some people are fortunate enough to discover their passion in life. For 26-year-old Nolan Quartaroli of Smithfield, it’s been music.

Quartaroli began playing guitar at 10 and continued through high school. While still in high school a friend introduced him to a recording device and he started recording every band he knew.

“From that point on I really became hooked on music,” says Quartaroli.

After graduating from Smithfield High School in 2008, he took a solo, seven-week European backpacking trip through Ireland, England, Belgium, Germany, Italy, Spain, France and the Netherlands. And, of course, he took along his guitar. It was there he realized music was infused into every different culture he experienced.

”After my trip,” says Quartaroli, “I really knew what I wanted to do—to produce music, as well as teach.”

When he returned home, he took a job teaching guitar at the The Music Stand in Smithfield. He asked Brian Joseph Farrar, the owner, who graduated Smithfield High School in 1987, for a job.

“I’ll do anything I need to do,” he pleaded to Farrar, “I just want you to hire me.”

And Farrar did.

Quartaroli then began giving guitar lessons and doing some selling at the store. He also built a recording studio for customers in the back of the store for after-hour sessions. Unfortunately, two years later, due to the recession, the store was forced to close.

However, Quataroli still had unfinished albums to mix for clients and he was also working with over 20 guitar students. So in 2010 at the age of 20, he launched his own music studio, True Music Studios in Smithfield, a multi faceted business supporting aspiring as well as professional musicians. He presently has three other instructors besides himself and a recording engineer.

Six months ago after Quartaroli expanded and doubled the size of his business, he teamed up with his former employer, Brian Farrar, and they now work together at the studio. Quartaroli wanted to repay Farrar for giving him an opportunity to work in the music industry years ago. Today, they have a great business relationship and friendship.

For the last 10 years, Quartaroli has been recording, producing, mixing and editing music, working with many different genres. He has worked with local musicians, touring artists, college professors, composers, producers and voice over actors for radio and television. He also teaches guitar, bass, audio production techniques and beginner piano. His students range in age from 4 to 84.

Why is teaching music so important to Quartaroli?

“Music is a pivotal aspect of society that I’m grateful to be a part of,” says Quartaroli. “Through teaching, I have the opportunity to help people attain skills they can carry with them their entire lives. What’s more, playing music and singing is beneficial for health and relaxation, and is scientifically proven to enhance the function and connectivity of the brain.”

Yes, music plays an important role in human society and has a huge impact on others—and benefits people of all ages. In fact, according to many studies, playing musical instruments is very important for brain development in children. It provides children with better reading and comprehension skills and improves a child’s attention span, memory and language development. It also builds character.

And according to Peer Review, a publication of the Association of American Colleges and Universities, children who play music do better academically.

Studies also show that listening to music and singing musical favorites helps improve memory in those people with dementia and Alzheimer’s. These musical favorites tap their memories not lost to dementia and can bring participants back to life, enabling them to feel like themselves again, and to converse, socialize and stay present.

True Music Studios offers lessons in voice, guitar, piano, bass, songwriting, performance, and music production techniques along with other instrument lessons. The studio’s team of instructors has real world and educational experiences teaching students of all ages. The studio also features a full-service recording studio with state-of-the-art rooms and equipment providing clients with exceptional sound and video quality. Guitars and other fretted instruments are also repaired on the premises.

Whether you have never picked up an instrument before or are a seasoned veteran—the instructors at True Music Studios can help advance your skills.

Instructors are: Nolan Quartaroli- guitar, bass, piano, and audio production techniques. Kate Mills – voice and piano. Brian Joseph Farrar—guitar, piano and songwriting. Lainey Dionne— voice, piano, songwriting and performance. Shawn Boucher – Recording Engineer. The studio is located at 24 Lark Industrial Parkway in Smithfield. For more information, visit their website at: Call: 401.598-6151 or email Nolan at: