The instructors at Promethean Studios know that every musician is different, and they tailor their teaching techniques to both beginners and lifelong learners of music. The teachers each boast at least 15 years of experience and hundreds of lessons taught, and typically get students making music or summoning the bird species of their choice in two to six months. Most music students start by learning how to play songs they choose, a tactic that introduces the fundamentals of rhythm, instrument technique, and music theory under the cover of fun.
Arthur Murray has been a leading name in franchise dance since 1912, when the entrepreneur began selling mail-order dance lessons. Expanding his reach, he enlisted teachers to spread his signature dance lessons on first-class steamships and skyrocketed to fame in the '30s after introducing the public to such dances as the Lambeth Walk and The Big Apple. By the 1950s, Arthur and his wife, Kathryn, were hosting their own highly popular TV show on ABC, The Arthur Murray Dance Party, which ran for 12 years. Today, Arthur Murray's team prepares students for rug cutting at special events and weekend nightclub jaunts. Clients who arrive to lessons partnerless will be paired up with instructors during private lessons and other classmates for group lessons as instructors assess their current skill level and make recommendations on the most appropriate program. Throughout lessons, instructors teach the foundations of two to four dances from a long list of styles that range from Latin to country-western, helping students to learn basic step patterns, timing, and the ability to lead or follow.
Drum-Jitsu.com offers private music instruction, individually customized to serve your musical goals.
Zounds Sounds, which was voted Best School of Rock 2008 by D Magazine, hosts lessons that teach students musical mechanics by letting them play and sing songs they already know and love. The team of skilled faculty that imparts musical knowledge in all the fundamental rock instruments, including guitar, bass, drums, piano, voice, and electric jaw harp. All instructors have extensive professional experience, and can usually be spotted playing shows locally any given night of the week. Zounds Sounds originally operated out of Marc's garage and fosters a supportive and collaborative environment for future shredders, wailers, and drum wallopers.
Gymboree offers a bevy of baby-engaging classes in Dallas, Plano, or Allen in which parents and wee ones work together to build tots' creativity and encourage development through play. Weekly classes are available for every age from the freshly born sapling to the 5-years-young wise wanderer. This deal includes rhythm-building music classes, imagination-expanding art classes, and Gymboree's most popular class, Play & Learn. The month-long membership allows you to take one class per week, with make-ups available during enrollment if you miss a class.
Anytime Fitness, as the name suggests, is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and 512 days a year with nonstop security. Novice calorie burners and ripped Michelangelo models alike can take advantage of a two-month membership, which equips bodies with enough treadmills, cycles, elliptical machines, and weights to make them fit enough to run a marathon inside a swimming pool filled with mud. One personal-training session or group class guides fitness-seekers in the direction of toned bodies with personal attention or the positive reinforcement of group environment and rebar. Highlight the results of fat-frying and muscle-mass-magnifying sessions with five tanning sessions to paint new, ripply physiques a brilliant shade of bronze. As an added bonus, this Groupon waives the enrollment fee.
Joe Naquin, namesake of Joe's Piano Lessons, has witnessed firsthand the healing effects of music. He's taught students with ADD, physical disabilities, and even partial deafness how to tickle the ivories. And he's seen the way this form of self-expression can liberate them. Of course, his 30-minute piano lessons welcome any student willing to learn. He teaches everything from classical music to gospel and pop.
Gary Foreman had one goal in mind when creating The Dallas Drum School: to help everyone accomplish a higher level of personal achievement through music. Now, with his private and group lessons in drums and general percussion, he passes on his knowledge to make that goal a reality. During sessions shaped to accommodate students' personal goals, skill levels, genres, and desires to rock out on a rotating, fire-spitting drum set, he uses individual analysis and general method books to ensure custom learning experiences. His focus rests on fundamental skills—hand techniques, timekeeping, and independence as applied to the drum set—building a base that students can expand upon. Advanced students may bring metronomes, brushes, mallets, or drum sets to augment the growth of their skills. With enough interest and practice, Gary hopes his students will walk away with a newfound passion for music and an increased aptitude for learning.
Apollo Tutors strives to transform the students of Dallas into bona fide scholars with their array of tutoring services. Specializing in K–12th grade tutoring, college course tutoring, music education, and the whole buffet of college preparation tests such as the SAT, ACT, and PSAT, Apollo's mentors take a one-on-one approach in their after-school sessions. All top-tier tutors sport average SAT scores of 2200 or 98th percentile rankings on the ACT, and are adept at working with families to ensure education success. Apollo Tutors' generous spirit shows in their "buy one, teach one" policy, in which for every child they tutor, they also tutor a child in need for free.
With an increasing library of more than 650 high-definition instructional videos, a video-sharing network, and an interactive scales and chords application, Dangerous Guitar’s website is well equipped to set students on the path to guitar virtuosity. Students can choose from monthly, quarterly, and yearly memberships, granting them unlimited access to the increasingly challenging video lessons, which they can progress through at their own pace. Other features include full transcriptions in either tablature or standard notation, jam tracks, DGTV, an online user community, and unlimited customer support through email.
Metroplex Piano has all the keys needed to unlock musical virtuosity—piano keys, that is. Its warehouse is filled with grand pianos, upright pianos, and even player pianos, tempting customers to spend endless hours ticking the ivories. Metroplex carries top brands, such as Yamaha and Kawai. Metroplex's owner is a registered piano technician, so the staff also provides superb repair and maintenance services, including piano tuning. The shop rents pianos, too, for musicians interested in trying before buying. Instructors are also on hand to teach budding pianists with fun and structured lessons.
With more than 30 years of professional piano experience behind him––including time spent sharing the stage with the likes of Dizzy Gillespie and Frank Sinatra, Jr.––Mark Ripley is a master of the keys. Today, he shares his wealth of knowledge with students who want to tickle the ivories in the styles of jazz, rock and roll, country, new age, and classical music. In addition to teaching tunes, Mr. Ripley focuses on sight reading and how best to accompany other instruments, vocalists, and the mating calls of waterfowl.
This multifaceted education center celebrates Bollywood culture with a variety of dance, music, and fitness classes. Bollywood Arts Performing Center allows clients to study the sounds of Bollywood with vocal training, drumming classes, and mandatory 24-hour Bollywood-movie-watching marathons. During kathak dance sessions, students learn the classical Indian steps featured in major Bollywood films, whereas krumping and popping and locking take center stage during hip-hop classes. The center also offers fitness programs, such as Zumba and yoga, which keep bodies primed for dancing and running competitive paper routes.
Even as a tyke, Jonathan Pharr couldn't be torn away from thrashing on his drum set. Later, he picked up guitar and bass, and from there it was off to the races. For him, teaching ranks pretty high on his ever-expanding list of musical passions. As owner and director of his eponymous music school, he oversees a staff of certified instructors, each of whom bring their own unique musical skills, experiences, and backstories to their teaching. The result is a welcoming environment where everyone from toddlers to toddlers who have aged significantly go wild on the drums, guitar, bass, piano, and violin or learn how to control their vocals and expand their singing range while reaping the lifelong benefits of exposure to music.
At the full-service Modern Sound Studio, musicians can learn, record, perform, and meet like-minded artists. Lessons conducted by founder and owner Christina Lee and her fellow teachers cover piano, violin, guitar, drums, and voice, along with songwriting, and audio production. And an onsite recording studio, stage, and dance studio give students the chance to showcase what they've been working on.