Let There Be Rock School disproves the cynical idiom, "Those who can, do; those who can't, teach." with instructors who are working rock musicians. All of them are well-versed in performance and eager to coach young, aspiring stars. During weekly one-on-one lessons, they help students with their playing and stage presence, preparing them for the school's version of a recital: a concert at a local music venue.
Their mentorship is only one part of the curriculum, however. After being sorted into a band, students rehearse and jam with their teammates under the guidance of a band manager. When they aren't working on their songs, they retire to the Rock Lounge, where members can watch movies and study Pete Townshend's windmill technique in super slow-motion.
Kids can sign up for one of two Let There Be Rock School programs. The All Access Lesson Program is meant for beginning musicians, and familiarizes them with an instrument. More advanced students enroll in the VIP All Access Performance program, which focuses on music theory and includes band practice.
For more than a decade, Middle C Music has equipped songcrafters with the instruments and expertise needed to articulate their own sonic expressions. Racks of guitars and ukuleles hang from the shop’s walls, along with accessories such as sheet music, songbooks, and extra sets of limbs for playing double guitars. Orchestral instruments by the likes of Bach, Jupiter, and Cannonball are available for purchase or month-by-month rentals. The shop also curates a team of musical experts of various disciplines for weekly lessons and Rock Band camps, where kids spend five days learning to play as an ensemble and spin their own interpretations of rock classics.
"Learning to play music should be fun" states Bach to Rock's philosophy. "It's called play for a reason." This warm, inviting spirit permeates everywhere students work individually or in groups with seasoned players to improve their skills in guitar, voice, drums, piano, keyboard, and even in turntables. They then put their musicianship to practical use in extended jam sessions, learning how to be expressive and glue their instrument back together after smashing it. Once pupils have progressed to a professional level, they can check out Bach to Rock's professional recording studio, which are open to artists who want to lay down tracks for an album or fine-tune their already-existing songs.
Mintons Academy of Music immerses budding virtuosos in fun, intensive lessons taught by university-trained teachers. Private lessons explore all the main instrumental families, including strings, percussion, piano, woodwinds, and brass. Guitar lessons prep prospective pop stars to churn out blistering licks, and vocal coaching strengthens pipes for lucrative futures crooning or quickly subduing mobs of glassware. Group lessons surround kids with melodious coconspirators, making the learning process more enjoyable. Art classes unlock the wonders of painting, with students learning from the masters by imitating famous works.
Staffed by experienced local musicians and DJs, One Sound Music Academy instructs tune-crafters of all disciplines. Brass, woodwind, string, percussion, and voice lessons hone skills for players of all ages and skill levels. The academy’s traditional music programs take their cues from the Maryland state music curriculum, and courses can culminate in student recitals. Group and private DJ lessons cover topics such as music theory, genre mixing, and blending, teaching aspiring jockeys how to mix floor-filling party anthems from vinyl or CDs.