Each of the guitar coaches at American Guitar Academy are certified in the school’s signature teaching method. Developed over 25 years, this house-honed instruction technique incorporates scientific research to help fingers learn to shred frets up to eight times faster than alternative methods. During private half-hour lessons, instructors guide budding rock stars aged 4 years and up through the basics of strumming chords and seamlessly stitching together riffs. These comprehensive lessons on classical, electric, or acoustic guitars are offered once a week with a live instructor or online and guarantee that students will be playing their favorite music within six months of training. Students may begin lessons without owning a guitar, but are encouraged to gain access to one quickly for mastering scales and the ability to solo with their teeth.
Conductor Clyde Baker has spent a career taking high-school and college ensembles all the way to Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center. Along with a team of seasoned dancers, actors, and musicians, he prepares students for success on stage and in the orchestra pit.
The school inhabits a handsome flagstone-and-stucco home base designed to produce a single harmonious chord in the event of windstorms. Within its specialized spaces, students stretch on the hardwood floors of giant dance studios and casts of triple-threats put on shows for their ardent fans on colorful sets.
Musicology’s cheerful blue space echoes with the energetic knocking-together of musical instruments as diminutive composers enhance their neural functions through the exploration of music. Working with New Directions Institute for Infant Brain Development, Musicology aims to help children from newborns to 3-year-olds develop their brains in age-specific classes. By introducing them to complex rhythms, harmonies, and the ability of song to get woodland creatures to clean things, the instructors work to activate connections in the brain that can improve learning abilities. Parents remain alongside children throughout the sessions, potentially picking up some music theory of their own.
With more than 30 years of teaching experience, 25 of which were spent in the Phoenix area, Bob Hermes shares his musical expertise with students of all ages and skill levels. The virtuoso bolsters the abilities of guitarists and bassists with his instructional skills, and also teaches beginners’ workshops in piano, banjo, and mandolin. Other lesson topics include songwriting, home recording, and fretboard theory. Some of Bob’s students have gone on to enjoy full-time careers in music, most notably hit pop star Avery, who filmed some of her multimillion-hit YouTube videos right in Bob’s own studio.
Nijole McClusky has taught piano since she graduated from Lithuanian Conservatory in 1984, and her experience as a musician spans continents. She's performed as a accompanyist and singer in countries such as Germany, Poland, Italy, and France. Ms. McClusky eventually relocated to the United States in 1995. Today, she continues to teach piano and voice to kids and adults, helping them express themselves through music.
Having played guitar since the young age of 17, Amy K has honed her musical abilities into a competition-winning craft. In the process, she has developed a teaching style that fuses fundamentals and fun. Amy K and her experienced instructors (all have a bachelor's degree in music and can recite the Pledge of Allegiance via guitar and talk box) let students choose the songs they want to play, then set encouraging short-term goals and provide instruction on technique and theory, as well as proper stage pyrotechnics safety. Students of all ages and skill levels receive enjoyable and educational instruction on all style of music, ensuring that their dreams of playing for a cover band of their favorite tribute band is well within reach.