Forte Music School fosters up-and-coming musicians ages 5–adult with its experienced staff, technologically savvy facility, and modern take on musical instruction. In each 30-minute private lesson, neo-noisemakers conquer not only the pillars of traditional music education––including sight reading and music theory––but also their applications to the contemporary worlds of jazz, country, and autotuned college lectures. After mastering the basics of playing chords or improvisation at the hands of their supportive and motivating instructor, students also get to critique their own performances thanks to Forte's in-house recording equipment, which––much like a polygraph-tested Liza Minelli––provides a truthful and unbiased account of both positive and negative musical moments.
Fresh off a hit debut album—which saw airplay in the US and 11 other countries—and a recent sophomore album, Ryan Meagher (pronounced “Marr”) is making serious waves in the jazz community. Lauded by publications such as JazzTimes and Cadence Magazine, Meagher fills his compositions with traditionally jazzy melodies and contemporary rock influences. He honed his chops with a music scholarship to San Diego State University, as well as by playing with legendary jazz musicians such as Wynton Marsalis. He proceeded to earn a Master of Music from the University of Nevada–Reno, and now splits his time between the East and West Coasts where he teaches and focuses on creating what he describes as “jazz music for the indie rocker.”
Blue Room Music Lessons teaches potential Neil Youngs and even smaller Lil' Waynes, ages 4 and older, how to be the best guitar player, bass player, violinist, singer, pianist, or composer they can be. Toe-tappin' tutelage unveils the star strummer within, enlisting the expertise of the academy's arsenal of teachers, comprised of skilled music producers, published songwriters, and experienced performers. Classes can focus on basics, including music fundamentals and avoiding hearing loss while smashing guitars, or work on original music composition.
Christopher Hayes' two decades of guitar playing have been kind to him: he received an endorsement from P.K. Thompson Guitars, and his recordings have been used on TV shows such as Dawson's Creek and Army Wives. During private lessons, he passes his skills onto beginner and intermediate players, imparting the particulars of everything from acoustic folk and finger style to ragtime and Celtic music.
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.