Traversing the notes and frets of guitar, bass, drums, keyboard, and vocals, the faculty of professional musicians at School of Rock instructs junior jammers of varying statures with an eye on achieving live-performance skills. Nudge your future noodler into a private 45-minute lesson that prompts him or her to explore the auditory excess of rock 'n' roll. Burgeoning bassists learn how to keep backbeats rumbling, and drummers in training hone rhythm abilities that may one day spark drumstick-twizzling flash mobs at rock venues. Craft musical nuances with epic keyboards and synths, or hone singing swagger via vocal training with one of the school's sound-savvy instructors. At the end of their foray into musical musings, kids gain creative confidence, artistic appreciation, and the desire to play air guitar in the presence of strangers.
Since 1991, Natural Ear Music School has fulfilled the garage dreams of musicians of all ages, using approachable methods that simplify the fundamentals of playing music. Eschewing the sheet music and drills of most music schools, Natural Ear Music School understands the way that musicians communicate, using muscle-memory and hearing-skills exercises to excite amateurs and gigging pros alike.
The Lone Star School of Music nurtures musical musings of all ages and skill levels inside its audibly creative studio space. Fatherly music motivator Kurt Phillips invites parents to partner with their pintsize player up to 5 years old during an eight-week session of wee rock classes. Engage your tyke in a range of singing, dancing, and music-making exercises that enhance motor and cognitive abilities.
Dub Academy is just like any other school: a teacher delivers a lesson at the front of the room while students sit at their desks. Granted, each desk has a double set of turntables, and the classroom walls are splattered in vibrant graffiti. But the focus here is still education—all of the pupils are learning how to put on a memorable DJ performance.
The academy staff offers DJ lessons for complete beginners as well as advanced classes for those interested in honing their craft. Specialized Turntablism classes even cover the intricacies of the turntable, from scratching and juggling records to putting bandaids on the records you've scratched too often. Aspiring DJs choose between TRAKTOR and Serato Scratch Live software to best customize their playlists.
The academy also hosts classes on music production and management. Production sessions use Ableton Live to demonstrate how to build and edit songs, whereas management classes focus on topics such as networking, booking venues, and finances.