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.
Quick, quick, slow. Quick, quick, slow. It seems that every dance lesson starts the same way. Students are told, "These are the steps," "Move to the beat," and "Never breakdance on wet cement." But unwilling to settle for the minimum, Seacoast Ballroom helps dancers see beyond getting their feet to move in the right direction. Its founder, Frederick Dunn, strives to inject dancers with grace and musical expression to help them feel dance for what it is?an art form. Its classes range in difficulty from beginner to competition level, and cover a variety of ballroom styles. Solo dancers or couples can strut through a tango, shimmy their hips in salsa, or effuse elegance through the Viennese waltz.
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.
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.
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.
The faculty members at the School of Rock believe that immersion is the best way to learn any new skill, which is why they don’t just teach students how to traverse the notes and rhythms of guitar, bass, drums, keyboard, and vocals in isolation. In addition to teaching students the technical skills during one-on-one lessons, the professional music instructors push them to fuse their individual parts into songs during full band practices with fellow beginner rockers. This combination of one-on-one attention and cooperative group learning helps kids of all skill levels hone their craft while overcoming common pitfalls such as stage fright or playing off-tempo. As kids learn to shred riffs, pound out drum solos, and summon Ronnie James Dio by hitting the correct vibrato atop a silver mountain, the classes build their confidence and kick-start a lifetime of loving rock 'n' roll.