From early on, creating a music academy at Sweetwater was a passion of our founder and CEO, Chuck Surack. He wanted a place where students of all ages and playing styles could come to learn or perfect their craft, while investing in the diverse arts scene of Fort Wayne, Indiana. In its formative years, the Academy started with a small group of teachers, offering instruction on a handful of instruments. But thanks to their teaching excellence, convenient on-site amenities, and an ever-increasing number of passionate, local musicians, the Sweetwater Academy of Music and Technology has grown beyond our wildest imagination.

When you arrive at the Academy today, you'll find the finest music educators teaching everything from guitar and piano to digital recording and live sound reinforcement, not to mention our extremely popular music programs, such as Rock Camp, Drum Camp, and Build-a-Band. From our dream of an on-site music school to the vibrant community of musicians it's blossomed into, the Sweetwater Academy of Music and Technology continues to inspire our commitment to the arts and artists in our community.

While you're here, there's tons of fun to be had. Check out all that Sweetwater has to offer.

Music Store

The Sweetwater Music Store is Northeast Indiana's premier spot for music instruments, gear, and accessories. From our massive guitar galleries to our drum room to our fully loaded demo studios, we offer the most comprehensive selection of music equipment and quality instruments available. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff is ready to help you find the best gear for your needs and your budget.

Crescendo Club & Cafe

Open to all and equipped with the latest in espresso technology, plus the finest local ice cream, chocolate, and baked goods, the world-class Crescendo Cafe serves up a truly cosmopolitan coffeehouse experience. Stop by and enjoy all the tasty treats the Fort Wayne area has to offer.

Downbeat Diner

We're absolutely delighted to welcome you to our Downbeat Diner, where you'll find restaurant-quality food at cafeteria prices. Fresh ingredients and whole foods are just part of Sweetwater's commitment to healthy living. Our friendly and professional staff prepares everything we serve from scratch from 6 in the morning to 7 in the evening.

Wavelengths Salon+Spa

Wavelengths is a registered Aveda Concept Salon located right here on the Sweetwater campus. It offers a complete list of services from haircuts and manicures to massage therapy and more for the convenience of our employees, but it's also open to the public by appointment.

Arcade & Game Area

Got a few minutes before your lesson at the Academy or a clinic in the Performance Theatre? Meeting the family for lunch? Why not play a game or two in Sweetwater's family-friendly arcade and game area? Here you can join in a game of pool or a round of virtual golf or try your hand at one of the various classic arcade games — it's all free!

Gear Exchange

Turn your old gear into cash or credit toward the music gear and instruments you really want. Just chat with one of our Gear Exchange experts, and they'll be happy to help you sell your gear on consignment or trade it in on the spot for in-store credit you can use in our Music Store.