Wolfman's School of Music founder Bob Wolfman started his music career as a session guitar player at the age of 16, eventually building an impressive résumé as a performer and recording artist, playing alongside legends such as Chick Corea and Larry Coryell. With 27 years of teaching experience under his belt, Wolfman has instructed countless kids and adults in guitar and bass, including folk artist Dar Williams and blues singer Andy O'Brien. Through his warm personality, his sense of humor, and his solid background in jazz, rock, and blues, Wolfman teaches budding musicians of all ages and skill levels with in-person private lessons and convenient online sessions via Skype. Wolfman's School of Music also serves as a prep school for Berklee College of Music and other music colleges.
The staff at LB Music School—which includes a Berklee College of Music graduate—helps students of all ages and skill levels blossom into their potential as virtuosos on their chosen instrument. Instructors specialize in guitar, bass, piano, and voice lessons for a variety of styles, including rock, pop, country, and original music.
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Though he no longer serves as a faculty member at Berklee College of Music or the New England Conservatory Extension, Gil Graham still devotes his musical talents to young people. At his Drumming Preparatory School, he takes a systematic approach to teaching students aged 5 up to college age the basics of the drum kit. In private and group classes, and college-level labs, he teaches skills such as sight-reading, stick control, and looking cooler than the guitarist in a range of musical styles.
DeAngelis Studio of Music and Arts is staffed by working rock, jazz, and classical musicians, and accordingly, they make sure students have a chance to get onstage as soon as possible. In addition to recitals for students of private and group lessons, kids and teenagers can sign up for Rock School and learn to work as a group, run rehearsals, and headbang without a helmet; alternatively, the chorus joins many young voices in harmony. Every weekend, the studio hosts jam sessions for any student capable of playing a song all the way through. The studio has recently added kids dance classes to it schedule such as jazz, tap, ballet, and hip-hop. Adult Zumba and yoga classes are also available.
Even the most laid-back sessions are led by players with tons of experience packed into their instrument cases—each of the school’s teachers boasts either university music training or at least 15 years as a professional performer. Parents are welcome to watch the teaching relationship develop by sitting in on their little ones’ lessons, but they also can relax in one of the waiting room’s comfy chairs while sipping bottled water, flipping through magazines, or getting work done via free WiFi.
The Boston Martial Arts Academy keeps participants engaged by combining classroom instruction with hand-to-hand, foot-to-foot, and face-to-mat demonstration classes and classroom lectures. Try out karate to get the Cobra Kais to leave you alone, or aikido to toss your opponent as easily as a used Kleenex. For more kosher kombat, learn Krav Maga like a member of the Israeli Defense Forces. Otherwise, spike your kicks with punches in tae kwon do, out-Keanu Keanu in kung fu, or learn how to pin another man to the ground and make him submit to you in Brazilian jiujitsu. You can also sample less-fighty disciplines such as capoeira and tai chi. Each participant must choose at least six classes to receive his or her certification at closing ceremonies.