Having played guitar since the young age of 17, Amy K has honed her musical abilities into a competition-winning craft. In the process, she has developed a teaching style that fuses fundamentals and fun. Amy K and her experienced instructors (all have a bachelor's degree in music and can recite the Pledge of Allegiance via guitar and talk box) let students choose the songs they want to play, then set encouraging short-term goals and provide instruction on technique and theory, as well as proper stage pyrotechnics safety. Students of all ages and skill levels receive enjoyable and educational instruction on all style of music, ensuring that their dreams of playing for a cover band of their favorite tribute band is well within reach.
To Andrew Ecker, drumming isn't just the act of keeping a beat. He's facilitated drum circles for more than 17 years, experiencing firsthand the benefits of expressing oneself through the ancient art of rhythm. Through his Circle of Choice, for instance, Andrew supplies young people with a supportive outlet to express feelings about schoolyard bullying and violence. He creates a similarly safe space for wounded veterans at Circle of Warriors sessions, where vets can work through issues such as post-traumatic-stress disorder These only skim the surface of Andrew's work through Drumming Sounds, which hosts other wellness-focused drum circles at various hospitals and team-building events.
Byron Nemeth remembers hearing The Beatles for the first time when he was 5; from then on, he's been a music fanatic and musician himself. Byron has recorded extensively, including with members of the Steve Vai band and others, and his own band, Sacred Heart, played the likes of New York City's famous club, CBGB, and, though he's moved to the west coast, he continues to create music. From his new hub, he also teaches students who, like his younger self, want to learn guitar.
Each of the guitar coaches at American Guitar Academy are certified in the school’s signature teaching method. Developed over 25 years, this house-honed instruction technique incorporates scientific research to help fingers learn to shred frets up to eight times faster than alternative methods. During private half-hour lessons, instructors guide budding rock stars aged 4 years and up through the basics of strumming chords and seamlessly stitching together riffs. These comprehensive lessons on classical, electric, or acoustic guitars are offered once a week with a live instructor or online and guarantee that students will be playing their favorite music within six months of training. Students may begin lessons without owning a guitar, but are encouraged to gain access to one quickly for mastering scales and the ability to solo with their teeth.
Arizona Music Academy is staffed with a conga line of talented virtuosos ready and waiting to implant heads with nuggets of musical knowledge. A four-day musical summer camp is a chance to escape the blistering heat of the day and spend hours learning or honing a skill instead of bursting into flames from the sun. Choose to percuss it up with drum instruction, pluck the strings of a guitar with increasing accuracy, or make liberal use of the instrument inside your throat box. Options include rock-guitar and drum camp, with sections for beginners (June 14–17, June 21–24, and July 19–22) and intermediate/advanced students (July 12–15); classical-guitar and hand-drum camp (June 28–July 1); and voice camp, which includes a Taylor Swift week for actual youth or the young at ear (June 14–17) and musical-theater week (July 12–15), featuring music from Glee, Hairspray, and more. Classes run from 10 a.m. to 12 or 12:30 p.m., depending on the type of class.