Strumming strings since 1999, Chris Bryant shares his hard-won musical knowledge with students through one-on-one and group guitar lessons. He designs all of his lessons to be hands-on, because he believes that's the best way for students to pick up guitar fundamentals—by actually playing it. He bases his curriculum on simple chords and chord progressions, ensuring students learn to play both notes and the transitions between.
Mastering an instrument takes dedication, practice, and time, although it also helps to receive some professional guidance along the way. At Exploring Music, the instructors help budding musicians improve by providing personalized direction based on each individual's skill level and musical aspirations. Private and group lessons meet in practice studios that have been insulated and reinforced for sound reduction, helping students to fully concentrate on mastering their instrument of choice, be it the guitar, the violin, the piano, the saxophone, or the five-disc CD changer.
The staff at UGMX Development Studios teaches children to explore their creativity through lessons in guitar, piano, drums, and beat making, and empowers students to record their own music at an onsite recording studio. Other lessons introduce students to the business side of the music or fashion industry, fostering an understanding of marketing and networking.
A full-service recording studio, Tone Def facilitates aural artistry with an impressive array of production equipment and on-site engineers. Record a new single alone or with a crew of studio musicians, and let the expert sound technicians mix and edit the result until it's ready to make its debut on any home sound system or on Brian Eno's answering machine. This Groupon entitles artists to two copies of their in-studio recording, and additional CDs cost $5 each. For an additional $40, the studio’s audiovisual wizards can immortalize the entire session in video, perfect for sending as a gift to Grandma or her friends at MTV.
In one child's hand, a tiny tambourine jangles along to a song while another child claps to the rhythm. It's not an uncommon sight at any of MusicalMe's educational classes, where kids up to age 6 express themselves through music. And parents are encouraged to stay and have fun, whether by helping littler participants along or by ripping a mean solo during a kazoo jam session. With classes holding up to 14 students, each child gets a significant amount of attention and guidance as they learn to appreciate melody and rhythm and learn to love making music.
The nationally accredited Indigital Institute of Recording Arts provides an oasis of production-oriented creativity as it prepares its passionate students for audio-industry careers. Inspired by George Lucas’s state-of-the-art Skywalker Ranch complex, the institute boasts an industry standard, 164-track Pro Tools HD recording system, two recording studios, audio labs, and a film-editing bay. The curriculum covers topics from the fundamentals of sound to high-level arts such as recording, mixing, mastering, and trying to eliminate the screaming in one’s head. Those not enrolled can also jam on the institute’s equipment, renting its studios on an hourly basis or harnessing the onsite technicians’ production savvy.