Miriam Catron discovered a way to combine her love of music and athleticism—in 1997, she created Infuzion, a family-friendly center dedicated to art in all its aspects that furnishes interactive opportunities in music, theater, dance, and martial arts. Miriam selects enthusiastic and impeccably trained teachers to help students to thrive in their chosen field of study, whether they’re wielding a viola, executing a high kick, or performing a monologue on the secret lives of monologists. To round out the center's skill-instilling potential, a fitness studio hones able bodies with its arsenal of workout machines and spacious aerobics rooms that pulsate with a thunderous sound system to give soul shakers a reason to boogie outside one’s bedroom confines.
A classically trained pianist and organist with more than 35 years of experience, Fran Brar passes her musical wisdom onto students during individual and group piano lessons. Her sessions take place in her private home studio or can be held at students' own homes, lest their own pianos start to feel abandoned.
Music instructor Ellane draws on a bachelor's degree in music education and an North Carolina teacher's license in music K–12 to familiarize children with the world of music. In her Kindermusik classes, she works with newborns, infants, and toddlers as well as children as old as 7, using age-appropriate exercises to engage and interest them. Cuddle and Bounce classes help to strengthen bonds between parents and babies, while classes for first-graders focus on teaching kids to read and compose music on the dulcimer. Although Ellane's Kindermusik classes are geared toward children, she has experience teaching students of all ages.
Tony Natalizio caters to young students and busy professionals with relaxed, effective guitar lessons that help music lovers achieve their goals of playing guitar. Tony instructs hopeful virtuosos in the sacred art of the axe over the course of two 45-minute lessons tailored to the individual based on music knowledge and experience performing in front of sold-out arenas, often known as bathroom mirrors. Explore the vast universe of strumming styles, including classical, rock, jazz, and folk. Younger string-strummers start out reading music and can quickly move on to shredding solos. More advanced students can learn concepts and techniques based on the style of music they like to play. Tony is experienced in working with children as young as 6 years old. Call to schedule lesson times.
The dedicated musicians at Falls River Music help students create beautiful notes during private weekly music instruction with a brigade of professional instruments. During 30-minute drum, guitar, violin, bass, or trumpet lessons, children or adults work toward personal goals, such as learning how to read music or mastering solos that erase “Freebird” from minds. Falls River Music provides instruments for use during classes, which, though not required, students may rent for home practice at an additional cost.
When not practicing their tuneful arts, musicians can send in their stringed instruments for expert repairs or test out new sounds plucked from the shop's large selection of acoustic and electric guitars, amplifiers, and effects pedals. Falls River Music offers a 14-day trial period after purchase of new equipment, encouraging musicians to fully explore their new sonic possibilities before declaring themselves satisfied.
The musical menagerie also hosts a full coffee bar and lounge area, where parents may relax during children's lessons. Falls River Music also allows intermediate-level students to put their skills to use each Saturday at 1:30 pm at a two-hour jam session ($10/hour), which may include performances or recording with other musicians and note aficionados.
Bob Meyer, who has spent many a tour alongside bands such as Metallica, The Rolling Stones, Phish, and The Allman Brothers, helms Give To Live Guitar Studios, which provides music lessons with a focus on community outreach. He and his staff of experienced, enthusiastic instructors welcome students for lessons in stringed instruments such as guitar, violin, banjo, mandolin, or bass as well as drums, vocals, and keyboards. They teach in all styles, from Bach to rock and roll, and help their students move from basics to live performance, hosting benefit concerts for local charities.