Gwendolyn’s musical pedigree extends far beyond her 34 years of ivory-tickling experience. Her love of music comes from her grandmother, who honed her own musical acumen as a student in Julliard’s prestigious halls. Following that legacy, Gwendolyn attended college on a musical scholarship, and fulfilled her destiny further by carving out a career as a successful concert pianist. Now, during her one-one-one lessons, she shares her talents with students of all ages and ability levels, from beginners looking for a patient teacher and veterans hoping to expand their repertoire to player pianos scared and confused by their newfound self-awareness.
From 18 studios scattered around Los Angeles, Lori Moran Music Studios’ armada of instructors offers all-ages voice, piano, guitar, violin, and composition classes. With teachers who have worked on films such as Dreamgirls and Dance Flick, world-touring operatic productions, and Grammy-nominated choral CDs, the school can cater to virtually every musical taste—from classical to jazz to pop. Students choose the emphasis of their lessons, whether they want to work on their public performance skills, write their own songs, sight-read scores, or simply be able to play musical chairs during a power outage. Many will also get the chance to show off in recitals, concerts, and showcases.
At Hollywood Academy of Music, youthful exuberance mingles with experienced instruction by university-trained teachers during private and group lessons, camps, and clinics. Individual lessons in more than a dozen instruments teach students to strum a guitar's strings, tickle a piano's keys, or purée beats with a kitchen blender. In group classes such as the School of Rock Band 101, teachers help groups of kids or adults grasp band basics, and in the Recording Artist program students learn to create and release their own self-produced CD on software they can use at home. Hollywood Academy of Music also helps students and the general public to hone their tune tutelage at free monthly clinics that range from songwriting to wailing the ran-out-of-matching-socks blues on a guitar.
Sessions take place in air-conditioned studios equipped with observation windows and high-quality pianos, guitar amps, and drums. Instructors also work with aspiring entertainers to help them put together a vocal repertoire, with some students advancing to compete on shows such as American Idol and The Voice.
University of Rock's guitar instructors tailor each in-home lesson with the ROCK curriculum in mind. These teaching tenets include Refining and setting the student’s musical goals while offering them Ongoing tracking and support. Constant improvement in scales and technique leads to building up Knowledge and confidence, both essential when performing onstage or stealing salmon from a sleeping bear. This focused curriculum was born out of Founder Jon Kim's personal frustration with guitar instruction. After numerous teachers and lessons, he identified what had been holding him back and set out to create a school that made it easier to learn.
Relevé's team of talented instructors strives to foster students’ self-confidence and hone their technical skills in a full spectrum of dance styles, from basic ballet to ballroom dance. Bambinos and bambinas ages 2–4 can rev their brand-new motor skills in a 45-minute class that teaches basic ballet positions and social skills, such as waiting their turn to riding the studio's elephant, while Latin ballroom lessons help teens ignite the prom dance floor with tango, waltz, and salsa steps. See Relevé’s schedule for full details.
Vocal coach Kelly Gabel has a decade of experience singing alongside her students, from serving as a director of musical shows to a teacher in elementary schools or as a private coach at KD Vocals. Kelly helps singers 7 and older prepare their talents for auditions and musical productions and to simply build their repertoire.