With years of experience both performing and teaching music, the instructors of The Modern Music Studio help students discover the world of musical self-expression. They strive to make lessons fun as well as rewarding, incorporating music theory, technique, and practical skills such as tuning, restringing, and learning the perfect spot to pat on your belly so it sounds like a real bongo. Students can take lessons in piano, guitar, violin, drums, or voice, and can focus on classical music, jazz, or popular hits. The studio also offers instruments for sale.
Even though Temecula Music Academy's instructors began playing early—from drums at age five to violin at eight—they recognize that virtuosos can start at any age. In small group classes for kids and adults, teachers start off by covering musical fundamentals, including theory and reading notation. From there, they hone in on skills specific to each instrument, such as fingerpicking patterns for guitarists or breath control for singers and dragons. Along with classes throughout the week, the academy's instructors offer private lessons in other instruments, such as banjo and ukulele. All sessions build up to regular recitals, where students showcase their newfound talents for family and friends.
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.
US Music Lessons founder Vince Hanvey has more than three decades of experience as a professional musician, honing his guitar-playing acumen in styles as diverse as rock, jazz, and country. He and his staff of skilled instructors help students pursue their musical dreams, creating personalized lesson plans that cater to individual goals. Students can show off their developing guitar, bass, drums, piano, and vocal skills at performances and jam sessions hosted at the studio throughout the year.
Kidstarz International Academy of Creative Arts' staff believes learning shouldn't stop when the school bell rings. Instructors aim to inspire kids with engaging classes that focus on a variety of subjects, from painting to sculpting, foreign languages to dance. Instead of distributing textbooks and teaching from behind a desk, they get kids involved in the lesson, encouraging them to get their hands dirty with paint or create silly sentences in Spanish in order to increase the likelihood that they'll retain their new skills and spread the word to their stuffed animals when they get home. Adults can also get in on the learning by enrolling in Big K Studios craft classes that teach students sewing, painting, and jewelry-making techniques.
The teachers at Prodigy Kids Performing Arts draw upon extensive on-stage experience to tutor young'uns in a schedule of classes focused on singing, acting, and dancing. Voice courses introduce small fry to singing basics, including music reading, vocal technique, and how to shatter crystal without hosting indoor homerun derbies. The Musical Theater class delves into advanced study of the American art form, building a repertoire of skills that will aid them in Broadway debuts and undercover ops in the land of Oz. Acting sessions focus on the emoting skills required in stage life, with games, improv, and monologues to help develop comfort reacting and performing before audiences. All classes meet once each week in intimate groups of 12 or fewer students, and age requirements differ.