Founded in 1985, Theatre Arts, Inc. has continued to honor its core mission of supplying Oklahomans with performance education and opportunities. Within a newly renovated 10,000-square-foot facility, students train tapping toes in more than 10 styles of dance?including tap, jazz, and hip-hop?and channel their inner thespian in acting classes or private lessons that focus on both improvisation and script work. Private instruction and classes also accommodate vocalists who receive personalized tips on stage presence from the faculty and practice harmonizing by singing duets with humming radiators. Numerous alumni have harnessed their training into careers, working locally and nationally on television and Broadway, and two?Lauren Nelson and Shawntel Smith?have gone on to become Miss America.
Though he played the guitar for years, Josiah Wiens found himself running up against stalled progress, anxiety over learning new material, and frustration with his lack of advancement. So he threw his ineffective practice philosophies aside and began to experiment with new learning techniques. Josiah eventually hit on a method that dispelled his anxiety while jump-starting his technical abilities and musical sensitivity. Now, he helps both beginners and more experienced players hung up on the same difficulties that plagued him by teaching classes that interweave functional mastery with theory, which deepens spontaneous musicality. He also ministers to the instruments themselves, fixing guitars that have played one too many solos or been given life by fell magic.
Under the tutelage of Shannon Studios’ trained professionals, burgeoning musicians master their instrument of choice during 30-minute one-on-one lessons taught inside a quaint house turned child-friendly studio with a dedicated drum room and recording area. The talented Kayle Grieman—lead singer of the electronic-rock band Bruder—leads stick-wielding novices to drumming glory by teaching them how to hold a beat, and vocalist instructor Ashley Shannon molds would-be warblers into veteran crooners. Axman Matthew Shannon draws on his touring experience to show students difficult stage-dive poses and how to shred while technically being asleep. A new addition to the staff, Carissa Murillo teaches four-stringed neophytes how to tuck chins, tune strings, and string bows before tackling difficult musical pieces for violin.
The certified instructors at Foyil Music Studio conjure students’ symphonic skills during private music lessons. Musicians of all experience levels can jam with certified instructors during weekly 30-minute lessons, internalizing curricula ranging from popular genres, such as classical, jazz, folk, and contemporary, to obscure disciplines such as 20th-century gum jingles. Tone vocal chords in a voice lesson or foxtrot fingers across pianos or guitar strings. Customers can also wet their tune-making whistles on variety of woodwind instruments, including flute, oboe, bassoon, clarinet, saxophone, and trumpet. Enrolled students have the option of performing in one of the school's frequent showcases, giving proud parents a chance to applaud their fledgling instrumentalists or badger them with requests for Jethro Tull covers.
Catering to artists of all ages, the classes at Over Edukated Music & Arts focus on a number of creative endeavors, from singing on key to painting canvases. Inside the studio, groups gather for adult painting classes or kids' painting parties, which center around completing one composition by following along with an expert instructor. Music lessons are also offered, and students can choose from instruments such as piano, drums, trumpet, or voice?both learning to sing and practicing Chewbacca vocalizations.