PRIVATE DRUM LESSONS - BEGINNERS - Discover the joy of playing a drums with your friends or along to your favorite recordings. EXPERIENCED DRUMMERS - Develop a solid groove, a good feel and a strong sense of time. Improve your reading, tuning and recording skills. Expand your proficiency in different drumming styles.
Musically Minded Academy is a non-profit music school and community arts center located in Rockridge, CA.
Our core mission is to provide high quality music education, to host concerts and other arts-related education programs, and to act as a haven for musicians and music lovers in the greater East Bay Area.
Imagine a group of nationally touring guitarists and accomplished recording artists all beneath one roof, and none of them are playing a single note. It may seem like a waste of talent, but these musicians aren’t at Guitar Cities to play—they’re there to teach. Each instructor has been selected by Guitar Cities's staff who vets their teachers for mastery of their respective instrument, patience, an aptitude for communication, and sensitivity when informing students that air guitar is not considered a real instrument.
These instructors welcome students of all ages for guitar, bass, ukulele, drum, and piano lessons. Guitar Cities offers private instruction, group classes, and “choose your song” lessons. The staff will provide the instruments and a stress-free environment where students can learn everything from basic chords to music theory in various genres. They even have professional studio equipment on which students can record, and offer the chance for students to take the stage at the House of Blues for Guitar Chicago’s Rockfete concert.
Mexico City native Ricardo Téllez began dancing when he was 12, shimmying his way through styles such as cumbia and guaracha. In 1995, he packed up his dancing shoes and moved to the Bay area, accelerating his salsa study not only by studying under Gabriel Romero, but also by trying out his footwork in clubs. Armed with a passion for dance, Ricardo founded RicaSalsa Dance Company in 1999 to share his love of the art. Today, he and dance partner Tianne Frias—with whom he placed third in the World Latin Dance Cup—teach private lessons and group classes that impart new and advanced dancers with the steps, partnership skills, and medallions filled with glowworms needed to light up the floor. By focusing on social dance skills and the ability to follow the rhythm, they help their students adapt easily to different songs and settings.
With nine types of after-school classes designed for kids aged 5–18, the staff of Young Artists Club works to enrich local youth, whether helping out with homework or inspiring their inner Van Goghs. Organized by age group, classes cover subjects such as piano or guitar lessons, cartoon-drawing, and painting. The staff also specializes in teaching Chinese and English language courses that cover listening, speaking, reading, and writing.