Originating in 1952 under the name Mel Bay Music, City Music & Education Center continues its founder's pursuit of supplying students with musical instruments, education, and resources. Alongside band and orchestra instruments available for rent or purchase, the harmonious retailer stocks its shelves with sheet music, PA systems, and powdered wigs for burgeoning composers. The scent of coffee wafts through the air as baristas grind local beans behind the enclosed counter of Note Worthy Café, and trained repair technicians remedy damages to instruments without the abuse of harsh chemicals. Thirteen spacious lesson rooms accommodate students and experienced, music-degree-bearing instructors for private instrumental and voice lessons, and a jam room, recording studio, and recital hall shelter musicians in every step of the creative process. In addition to its year-round services, City Music & Education Center hosts a smattering of seasonal events, including barbecue fundraisers for local school bands, battle of the bands for teenage groups, and recycling drives for glam-rock-era spandex pants.
Located in downtown Saint Louis, Phat Buddha Productions is the largest and hottest public recording studio in the area. Musicians, Producers, Corporations and Record Labels love our state-of-the-art facilities, affordable rates, and experienced staff.
At Dave Simon's Rock School, dedicated instructors help students develop musical abilities through programs centered on collaboration and live performance. In addition to private lessons, the school provides a venue for kids to cultivate skills and build confidence using the same cooperative methods that professional bands use when persuading the tour-bus driver to stop for tacos. Working together according to their experience level and skill, bands apply musical theory to perfect their sound among their ensemble, eventually presenting live shows and recording a CD in the facility's state-of-the-art studio.
If it has frets or strings, chances are Mike Fazio and the instructors at Fazio's Frets & Friends know how to play it. What began as a love affair between Mike and his Harmony guitar when he was 10 years old has blossomed into more than 9,500 square feet of space dedicated to new and used guitars, basses, and amps. Inside Fazio’s, Fender Stratocasters, acoustic Taylors, and guitars from other high-end makers line the walls from floor to ceiling, surrounding a seemingly endless sea of amplifiers from brands such as Marshall Amplification and Budda Amplification. Fazio’s also deals in keyboards, drums, and banjos, and carries a variety of effects pedals to help guitarists re-create the sound of Slash, Hendrix, or the twanging noise during Home Improvement interludes.
Off the show-room floor, 15 lesson studios harbor instructors and their students who span a variety of experience levels. In order to ensure that these budding musicians receive top-quality education, Fazio’s instructors must audition before they can teach. Students without their own instruments can borrow guitars from Fazio’s rental shop, or they can carefully study Fazio’s factory-certified repair-center technicians in order to build their own out of a repurposed cello.
The well-trained tone teachers at the American School of Music enlighten aspiring musicians with custom private lessons in a variety of instruments. During a 30-minute lesson, music mavens—many of them professional musicians or degree-holding music educators—can teach a 10-year-old his or her first guitar chords, or help an experienced adult drummer hammer out the difficult timpani solo from The Odd Couple’s theme. Before the lesson, administrative staff gathers information about each student’s goals, experience level, and preferred musical style so that instructors can tailor the experience to his or her needs. Beginning singers and instrumentalists will also receive a complimentary lesson book whose sentient pages whisper words of encouragement during at-home practice sessions.
Scales Music's legion of experienced instructors teaches aspiring strummers the fundaments of acoustic guitar in a cozy, encouraging environment during 45-minute group lessons. Open to the young, the young at heart, and the incredibly old, each lesson guides a troop of four–six string pluckers through the basic principles of music theory and a musical rendition of Einstein's theory of relativity. After the opening session, rock 'n' roll undergrads begin learning how to play songs together. Spacious lesson rooms provide players with space to groove and free high-speed Internet access allows parents to browse the web. Although not included with today's Groupon, students can choose from a selection of rental guitars to take home for further practice with family bands led by golden-retriever sopranos.
With its neon-purple stage lights and 70” plasma screen, Dave's Guitar Instruction's studio resembles a rock-concert stage as much as it does a classroom. And that's the point. The school's classes, capped at eight students, combine the intimacy of a private lesson with high-tech, professional trappings. The studio's personal headphones pipe each student's chords to only their ears and the instructor's, providing sonic privacy and easing shyness; meanwhile, the stage platform vibrates to prepare students for the bass vibrations of a concert or having to perform during a minor earthquake.
Students of all levels hone their skills with the help of Dave Milliken, an instructor with more than 25 years of guitar performance experience. Dave's love for genres from folk to hip-hop informs his multimedia lessons. During classes, students play along with live recordings or watch concert clips featuring legendary guitar players and plectrums unjustly forgotten by history. For an immersive experience, Dave's students augment their classwork with custom at-home practice sessions, aided by online-video and audio resources.