With 30 years of playing experience, guitar sensei Mark Schimmoller has perfected a multitude of styles from rockabilly to indie to Crane Style. After years spent performing around Chicago and touring with the band The Hush, Mark settled down in Fort Wayne—where he now shares his expertise with students of all skill levels during private lessons and maintains his chops with his ’80s alternative band Weird Science. Lessons incorporate various forms of media to help students absorb knowledge more easily than a sentient ShamWow. Mark also keeps precious instruments in top condition by offering guitar setup services and minor repairs.
Musikgarten classes elevate kinesthetic, logical, spatial, and social intelligences through musical instruction to children ages 3 months to 10 years. Each course responds to the developmental needs of a particular age group, with activities and acquired skills becoming more complex as classes ascend in age group. Family Music for Babies (ages 3–16 months) engages an adult and infant with 30–35 minutes of bouncing songs, dancing, and playing simple instruments. Curiosity curdles in amateur earthling brains and a foundation for future musical exploration is set during the Cycle of Seasons course, where children 3-1/2 to 5 years of age flirt with the foundations of rhythm and tune, coddle concentration skills, and garner the ability to self-express through sound waves. The Young Musician and Piano class, for ages 4-1/2–6 and 7–10 respectively, focus on symbolic thinking, memory, and listening acuity, and run for 55–60 minutes or until the first prodigious rock opera has been composed.
At Wayne's Keyboard Studio, the emphasis is on recreational music making as opposed to classical training. During social group classes, new musicians, including kids and adults, learn the songs that they actually want to play by picking up skills such as reading music. Students don't have to worry about bringing their own instruments, as the studio provides keyboards, pianos, and organs to tickle.
Sound City Music builds musicians from the ground up by providing a large stock of new and used guitars, basses, and drums, and by repairing electronic and band instruments. Experienced instructors help students take those instruments and make music with them during private and group lessons.