Group classes at Amy K Music Company fuse fugue fundamentals, such as theory and technique, with the fun of learning a popular song. Sporting bachelor's degrees and the chops to recite the Pledge of Allegiance on guitar and talk box, tune gurus impart their knowledge sans distortion to beginning and intermediate students ages 5 and older. Weekly one-hour classes for plucky portables require students to tote their own guitar or bass, but the studio does provide equipment for voice, keyboard, theory, and stage-pyrotechnics training. Guitar sessions convey basic for proper hand placement, strum rhythms, and facial contortions during solos, and music-theory lessons demystify major and minor keys, chord building, and scales from do to do and back again.
Capoeira Brasil-Arizona is devoted to the martial-arts-dance fusion of capoeira, as well as numerous other Brazilian art and dance forms, such as samba and Maculelê. A team of eight highly qualified teachers will lead students through three classes in their choice of dance style ($15 each). Customers can stop in for beginner’s capoeira on Wednesdays from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and discover the acrobatic beauty of capoeira—a martial art disguised as an improvisational dance, created by African slaves in Brazil hundreds of years ago—as rhythmic music fills their ears with adrenaline earplugs. From 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursdays, guests can learn the samba, one of Brazil’s most popular musical genres and the sole reason why KISS finally disbanded. With classes offered seven days a week, and options suited to Brazilian beginners and capoeira aficionados alike, this cultural center has a place for everyone and every back flip in its place.
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.
Arizona Music Academy is staffed with a conga line of talented virtuosos ready and waiting to implant heads with nuggets of musical knowledge. A four-day musical summer camp is a chance to escape the blistering heat of the day and spend hours learning or honing a skill instead of bursting into flames from the sun. Choose to percuss it up with drum instruction, pluck the strings of a guitar with increasing accuracy, or make liberal use of the instrument inside your throat box. Options include rock-guitar and drum camp, with sections for beginners (June 14–17, June 21–24, and July 19–22) and intermediate/advanced students (July 12–15); classical-guitar and hand-drum camp (June 28–July 1); and voice camp, which includes a Taylor Swift week for actual youth or the young at ear (June 14–17) and musical-theater week (July 12–15), featuring music from Glee, Hairspray, and more. Classes run from 10 a.m. to 12 or 12:30 p.m., depending on the type of class.
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.