Owner Mike Urquhart takes his business's name to heart: the learning center draws on the talents of three generations of Urquharts, from his business-manager father all the way down to his grade-school-aged daughter Julia, who assists with piano lessons and administration. Signs bearing messages such as "No practicing: only play for fun" and "Mistakes are always welcome" embody the teachers' philosophy that no amount of technical skill can substitute for the sheer joy of playing, singing, and finally figuring out how to snap the fingers on both hands at once. The school's specialty group classes—some held in the new, 2,500-square-foot piano learning center—foster self-confidence with weekly performance opportunities, and the curriculum of songs can include anything from classical compositions to classical rock.
Traversing the notes and frets of guitar, bass, drums, keyboard, and vocals, the faculty of professional musicians at School of Rock instructs junior jammers of varying statures with an eye on achieving live-performance skills. Aspiring autograph signers of all ability levels learn the rock 'n' roll ropes during 30-minute private, weekly lessons. Drawing sonorous swells from instruments or their own Mohawk-sporting vocal chords, pupils practice progressions, riffs, and more. Members Only jackets, access to members-only events, and discounted show tickets place strummers and crooners in the heart of the popular-music scene.
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.
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.