While singer demand the most attention and guitar players plug into the biggest amps, music aficionados understand that with a competent drummer, songs quickly lose their swagger. At The Drum School, a team of trained instructors champions the rhythm section staple with lessons for full-grown percussionists and the city's youngest drummers alike. In addition to learning basic beats and fills, students also engaging with pop music from across the decades; recent practice songs include tracks from AC/DC, The Beatles, Jay-Z, and One Direction.
NewSongs School of Music expands instrument IQs with a medley of musical instruction courses for adults and kids age 5 and older, covering everything from the drums to the flute to vocals. Exchange air guitars for solid strings in the four-week Intro to Guitar course ($85), which pairs no more than six students age 9–12 with an experienced-eared instructor, or facilitate a toddler jam band with the one-hour Morning Music for Little Musicians ($15 for one drop-in class), during which tiny superstars develop rhythm, pitch, and industry connections. A musical theater course ($18 for one drop-in class) invites students to practice acting and Broadway-style song, and a week of Talent Camp, held in half- and full-day ($24/day or $108/week) sessions, lets participants experience camp camaraderie without the threat of bunk-bed bogeymen. NewSongs School of Music holds classes at a variety of days and times to accommodate tight schedules, and it employs a bevy of experienced, professional instructors.
If you had a Q&A with Sara Thompson, you'd learn that she loves working with kids and cherishes her own. But children are just part of what drives her. The educator and owner of Kindermusik by Musical Milestones has adored music since she herself was a child singing in choirs and acting in local theater. She passes on her passion to the next generation?including her daughter, the inspiration for Kindermusik?through music and movement classes for kids. From babies to seven-year-olds, students grasp basic musical properties as their social and emotional skills grow like sponges in a sauna.
Live performances at events such as the Reno Jazz Festival are regular parts of life for Steve Trovao, a musician with a music degree and more than three decades of drumming experience. At Steve Trovao Drums, he helps students of all ages find their own beats as they learn to play along with their favorite musical genres. A pair of high-quality Pro Drum sets are the centerpiece of the soundproof, acoustically tuned studio, which is also outfitted with a library of drumming books, DVDs, and play-along CDs that mimic the experience of performing with a band.