High-definition husband-and-wife duo Drake and Danielle Hatfield produce professional-grade multimedia memories for all kinds of occasions. Whether you want to document your jazz-fusion band's debut jam, immortalize an immaculate wedding, or artfully capture two hours of your cat trying to untie a sailor's knot, Hatfield Media will produce and format a professional, multicamera video complete with immersive multitrack audio. Events are captured exclusively in high definition by top-quality 3CCD cameras for total visual recall before being edited and safely delivered to your hands or the hands of your overseas distributer.
Mom's Music records the voices of aspiring Aretha Franklins and David Lee Roths with state-of-the-art recording, mixing, editing, and mastering gear and a knowledgeable staff to perfect a band’s recorded sound. A professional engineer assists bands of up to six members to create their best work possible and press it onto a glimmering compact disc. Mom’s Music studios comes stock with a plethora of professional equipment and software, including Digidesign Pro Tools HD3, Roland DA-90 monitors, Great River microphone preamps, and a stellar collection of microphones that’ll capture the lead singer’s voice crisply and warmly. Having recorded everything from thrash-metal to radio commercials to Frasier-theme-song cover bands, Mom’s Music’s talented engineers can tailor the session to any style of music.
Willis Music’s staff of dedicated musicians taps into the shop's century in business to guide fellow melody makers of all levels among more than 3,000 instruments and a jungle of accessories. Though in-store stock may vary, patrons can peruse racks for catalog items such as a Planet Waves chromatic headstock tuner, which dials in string tension using vibration ($39.99), or they can pacify rampaging folk singers with strums on a ukulele ($37.50+). A Peavey bass amp ($99.99) gives modern and vintage voice to bass guitars, and metal-encased DigiTech effects pedals ($49.99) awaken drowsy ears with four roaring styles of distortion. Customers can beat out rhythms on the skin of a Toca street djembe ($49.90) or browse various other African, Caribbean, Middle Eastern, and Irish hand drums captured, tamed, and refurbished by independent craftspeople.
Established in 1994 as a professional African dance company, Bi-Okoto Cultural Centre helps spread awareness and appreciation of African heritage—and other cultures—through a variety of classes and programs. Classes include lessons in martial arts, Zumba fitness and Salsa dancing, and practice in West African drumming and dance. Along with the nonprofit centre's classes and outreach programs, Bi-Okoto continues to support its traditional dance company, which performs and tours throughout the United States and around the world.
With more than 10 years of tenure in the music industry—including experience teaching, recording, and touring with bands such as Blessid Union of Souls—Bryan Billhimer knows how to shred. In his latest venture, Center Stage Guitar Academy, he's converted his knowledge into easy-to-follow, high-quality lesson videos designed to let students master the guitar at their own paces. Shot from multiple angles, the videos feature split-screen footage for ease of comprehension. With instruction broken down into over 300 lessons with new ones added each month, students can start with basic strumming and fingerpicking techniques, building up the motor skills and hand dexterity needed to tackle subsequent lessons in barre chords, 12-bar blues, and improvisation. Students are welcome to design their own lesson plans based around skill levels, techniques (including music theory), or genres of music, such as country, blues, rock, pop, and pop rock, which must never be mixed with Diet Coke.
Musikgarten of Lexington director Jennifer Tutt believes that cultivating kids' natural musical aptitude enhances more than just the ability to hum a tune; it can also boost memory, foster pattern recognition, and refine motor skills. Following a curriculum used around the world, instructors with master's and doctorate degrees in music nurture the all-around development of students ranging from infants to 10-year-olds. They bring parents in on the fun: many age groups encourage the attendance and participation of adults, who are also given engaging ways to continue the lesson plan at home. Depending on age level, classes mix singing and dancing with basic instrument play, and, for older kids, a smattering of music theory, history, and performance. All-ages private lessons run the gamut of 17 instruments, from piano and voice to viola and trumpet.