The Guitar Lab's experienced instructors reveal the mysteries of stringed instruments to the ears of eager fledglings, with personalized, hands-on guidance. Four lessons help develop a base for well-rounded musicians, with five critical areas of focus: melody, harmony, rhythm, theory, and listening skills. Students can choose their own songs to learn, whether rock, folk, or country, eliminating the monotony of practicing Yankee Doodle. The Guitar Lab trains all its instructors in a supportive teaching approach, and supplies parents or overanxious house pets with quarterly progress reports. After achieving mastery of a targeted skill, students receive badges, and when they eventually excel in all six critical areas, they earn a colored guitar strap and really jazzy stage name. The Guitar Lab offers instruments for rent.
The encouraging, informative team at Meridian Music, an instrument retailer and music-education center, beckons visitors to tickle ivory keys with a stock of tuneful pianos and organs, as well as private and group lessons. In addition to piano and organ instruction, the skilled maestros teach students how to wring applause out of audiences using their voices or stringed, brass, and woodwind instruments. Meridian Music's private performance hall, Munger Hall, seats up to 120 people, or one lengthy conga line, during solo and group student recitals.