At Rock and Roll Prep School, students of all ages learn how to play instruments and have the opportunity to perform in front of a live audience. The staff of music industry veterans lead sessions divided by age. Toddlers tinker around with instruments in interactive 45-minute sessions, and older kids spend three hours a week practicing for their end of semester show at a local venue. Group sessions are supplemented by individual lessons, where staff teach the basics of a chosen instrument. Through the combination of these two styles of teaching, kids learn new musical skills, which help boost confidence and teach them how to read music or boxes of love letters from future fans.
At Mordent Music, 10-year teaching veteran Stephanie Teller calls upon her experiences as a schoolteacher and professional concert pianist as she shares her passion for tickling keys with aspiring Chopins of all ages and skill levels. During half-hour or longer piano lessons, Teller beckons proteges over to a rich, resonant baby grand to learn how to play contemporary pop, country, or hip-hop songs as well as more traditional classical music. Teller instructs younger pupils through lively games and creative exercises, and challenge older, more serious students with the Royal Conservatory of Music curriculum, which elevates piano proficiency through written study and a regimen of 100 finger pushups a day.
Carrie Lozier began by teaching students how to play piano from her home studio in 2003, with just 10 students on her roster. By 2011, Lozier Music had 70 students enrolled and new digs of its own. Staff began by teaching only piano, using the Simply Music method, which emphasizes being able to play music before being able to read music, in the same way children learn to speak before they are able to write long letters to the editor about rescheduling Yo Gabba Gabba during naptime. Some of the concepts of this method is translated to other instruments, where classes mirror four steps on learning to play. First is immersion, where students up to age 5 get comfortable being surrounded by the sounds of music; then introduction, where they learn to makes sounds with instruments; finally, musical instruction followed by integration, where musicians learn to play together with other musicians.
With students featured in spotlight-grabbing settings such as America’s Thanksgiving Parade and Detroit Pistons halftime shows, Deborah’s Stage Door’s Deborah Agrusa and her award-winning staff hone twirls, taps, notes, and general razzmatazz for preschoolers through adults. Young toes yearning for terpsichorean know-how learn the ropes in Deborah Stage Door’s preschool rhythm class, as preschoolers romp their way through a combination of tap and ballet, learning balance and coordination along the way. More experienced dancers increase skills and decrease the chances of losing a street fight to the Sharks with a smorgasbord of ballet, jazz, tap, or hip-hop strutting courses taught in both the summer and fall. In addition to dance, Deborah Stage Door’s college of musical knowledge nurtures budding songbirds with performing-arts classes including show choir and acting.
Gymboree offers a bounty of baby-engaging classes in which parents and wee ones work together to build the tot's creativity and encourage development through play. Weekly classes are available for the freshly born sapling to the 5-years-young wise wanderer. This deal includes rhythm-building music classes, imagination-expanding art classes, and Gymboree's most popular class, Play & Learn. The one-month membership allows you to take one class per week with makeups available if you miss a class. This deal also includes unlimited attendance at Gymboree's open-gym sessions (contact location for schedule). The 45-minute classes help to build an everlasting bond that will feel like being tethered to each other with an Ethernet cable. Bond with babies or exercise child-like energy in a public forum.
When John Antone founded Axis Music Academy and started developing his proprietary teaching method, the academy was a cramped four-studio Southfield office where he gave guitar lessons. Sixteen years later, Axis has blossomed into a quartet of spacious, well-lit facilities that have one specialty in common: turn individual musicians into bands. Supplied with 12 private studios and all necessary instruments and gear, students get to set their own goals and chart their own course to learning, composing, and recording music. Whether that journey starts with them working through their favorite song on the guitar or stubbornly trying to play the tuba with their ear, the teaching staff helps them reach their goals using the full benefit of their expertise. Budding virtuosos can then combine their strengths during a slate of rock bands, glee clubs, and other group activities.
Axis Music Academy is also currently Michigan’s only Apple-authorized training center, which saves prospective producers a trip out of state if they want to get certified and tested in industry-standard recording software such as Pro Tools, Logic Pro, Ableton, Final Cut, and Garage Band —all taught using a brand-new suite of computer stations and the industry-insider techniques of Charlie Grover, the former drummer of gold-certified rock band Sponge.
Lessons rarely stay confined to the classroom, since Axis lines up opportunities for students to show off what they've learned onstage at local venues, sports games, and even on air during the morning news. It also stays active in the Detroit-area community by participating in Axis Music Academy 501(C)3 and other programs.