Raptors of Rock, Hollywood Crisis, and Trip Aces might not be household names yet, but they’re rising stars in Santa Barbara. That’s thanks to Santa Barbara Youth Music Academy, which specializes in helping talented, dedicated young musicians form their own rock bands and ensembles. Under the guidance of expert musicians and instructors, groups spend time rehearsing tunes, refining their collective playing skills, and developing pithy responses to journalists’ questions. The academy likewise encourages students to hone their individual talents during weekly private lessons in instruments such as guitar, drums, and voice. Once the band starts gelling, SBYMA schedules gigs at various venues, including multi-band showcases. For budding musicians interested in a less intensive commitment, the academy also hosts six-week sessions and summer programs.
Rock and Roll High turns children into rockstars through lessons and summer camps that mold eager novices into capable maestros. Popular week-long summer camps help kids assemble bands, practice their instrument and write songs, and even shoot a music video. At-home lessons for children or adults cover a choice of instruments, including guitar, bass, drums, and voice.
More than 20 years ago, in her native Macau, Goretti Ngao Fong’s cousins purchased the family an upright piano. Within a few months Goretti attended her first lesson, and has been expertly tickling the ivories ever since. A veteran of many master classes and recitals, she now teaches piano to budding students of all ages at her eponymous studio. She focuses each private lesson on learning the instrument’s fundamentals, from playing scales to performing entire sonatas with your nose.
While Rhythm Earthsong's piano career is measured in decades—four of them, to be exact—his love for the instrument can only be measured in centuries. In the time since he first started tickling the ivory at the age of six, he's immersed himself in more than 300 years of piano history, listening and playing everything from Bach and Beethoven to Bill Evans and Dave Brubeck. After graduating from piano conservatory, he took to tuning and repairing pianos in his twenties, calibrating the hammers and replacing the strings on every kind of piano imaginable, except those cartoonishly suspended over busy city sidewalks. Along the path between these early projects and his current role as the sole proprietor of Earthsong Piano, he's found himself in the recording dens and on stages alongside some famous clients, including Elton John, Count Basie, Andre-Michel Schub, and Dave Brubeck.
Peter McCarthy and his six-string axe have played alongside members of No Doubt, Toto, Anthrax, The Eagles, and more. His virtuosity made playing with such a diverse collection of musicians possible. When not touring to support his solo albums, he's applying his knowledge and experience to guitar lessons for those of all ages and skill levels. Just as he has played everything from blues and metal to jazz and classical, his classes cover all styles and can be tailored to individual abilities and preferences.