Gwendolyn’s musical pedigree extends far beyond her 34 years of ivory-tickling experience. Her love of music comes from her grandmother, who honed her own musical acumen as a student in Julliard’s prestigious halls. Following that legacy, Gwendolyn attended college on a musical scholarship, and fulfilled her destiny further by carving out a career as a successful concert pianist. Now, during her one-one-one lessons, she shares her talents with students of all ages and ability levels, from beginners looking for a patient teacher and veterans hoping to expand their repertoire to player pianos scared and confused by their newfound self-awareness.
From 18 studios scattered around Los Angeles, Lori Moran Music Studios’ armada of instructors offers all-ages voice, piano, guitar, violin, and composition classes. With teachers who have worked on films such as Dreamgirls and Dance Flick, world-touring operatic productions, and Grammy-nominated choral CDs, the school can cater to virtually every musical taste—from classical to jazz to pop. Students choose the emphasis of their lessons, whether they want to work on their public performance skills, write their own songs, sight-read scores, or simply be able to play musical chairs during a power outage. Many will also get the chance to show off in recitals, concerts, and showcases.
At Hollywood Academy of Music, youthful exuberance mingles with experienced instruction by university-trained teachers during private and group lessons, camps, and clinics. Individual lessons in more than a dozen instruments teach students to strum a guitar's strings, tickle a piano's keys, or purée beats with a kitchen blender. In group classes such as the School of Rock Band 101, teachers help groups of kids or adults grasp band basics, and in the Recording Artist program students learn to create and release their own self-produced CD on software they can use at home. Hollywood Academy of Music also helps students and the general public to hone their tune tutelage at free monthly clinics that range from songwriting to wailing the ran-out-of-matching-socks blues on a guitar.
Sessions take place in air-conditioned studios equipped with observation windows and high-quality pianos, guitar amps, and drums. Instructors also work with aspiring entertainers to help them put together a vocal repertoire, with some students advancing to compete on shows such as American Idol and The Voice.
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.
With 58 schools in 23 states, the inspiring and performance-driven School of Rock enthusiastically infuses fledgling tunesmiths across the nation with the rhythm, skill, and confidence required to rock 'n' roll. Each instructor at the school is a professional musician, and fully equipped with the know-how to catapult instrumentalists to the crest of Mount Rockmore.
When Jordan Hemphill first picked up a guitar at age 11, his biggest inspirations were the swirling solos of metal artists like Metallica's Kirk Hammett. A student of other rockers, such as Megadeth's Chris Broderick, Jordan has gigged regularly in rock and metal bands for more than 10 years. Yet, he's also carved a niche for himself as a classical guitarist, setting a relaxing tone at private events and weddings by performing classical, Spanish, and jazz compositions.
At Hemphill Music, he draws upon his diverse musical interests to teach students of all ages and styles. While building private, in-home lessons around the songs each pupil wants to learn, Jordan subtly introduces important musical concepts, such as theory and technique. Besides lessons, Jordan coaches budding artists in refining their live performances, from hitting the right notes to not playing guitar with their teeth if they have a cavity.