When students come to Joe Hastings' lessons, some of the first things he asks are "Who are your favorite singers or artists?" and "What are your favorite styles to focus on." Why? Because he knows that when a student plays what they want to play, rather than suffer through rounds of "Greensleeves," they'll keep playing. Having taught over 25,000 private lessons since 1992, Joe has every style of music and every breed of guitar down pat. In private lessons ranging from acoustic guitar, electric, and bass to 12-string, banjos, lap steels, and even the finicky dulcimer, Joe's students learn how to play quickly and efficiently. Lessons also delve into music theory, pattern recognition, and muscle memory, and handily take place within the music-only confines of My Music Store.
For close to a decade, the dedicated instructors at Harmony Theatre Company and School have fostered creativity and whimsy in children and adults alike. Their classes range from theatre and film making to improvisation. Most classes culminate in performances, and the theatre is also known for a variety of original productions, including silent films in 1920's style, World War II dramas, and adaptations of Chekhov and Shakespeare. The scope of their passion includes work for Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Twin Cities, public schools, and senior residences
Signature service: Guitar and Piano Instruction
Staff Size: 1 person
Average Duration of Services: 30 Minutes or Less
Pro Tip: This is about having fun. [Your] age or amount of talent doesn't matter.
Klash Drums handles nearly all aspects of the art of drumming. They'll custom-create drum sets from a selection of woods, acrylic shells, and other materials, and in case buyers don't know how to drum, the staff will teach that art to them or anyone else who asks. The store also offers a selection of drums from makers such as Yamaha and Pearl.
With a special focus on beginner musicians, Riff Factory instructs eighth-note-hungry students on melodious matters through private lessons. Most of Riff Factory's savvy instructors have either collegiate musical education or experience performing in professional treble-clef-minded bands. Rental instruments are included in each lesson, allowing students to save their own cherished noisemakers for crowd-pleasing ukulele smashing.
Swift Music wants its students to forge a relationship with music, no matter their level of engagement. Whether students want to learn a few simple licks, pursue a professional career, or simply play music as a stress reliever, instructors await with the knowledge and patience to help them reach their goals. The bustling building teems with students working in seven lesson rooms and two ensemble rooms, and it entertains visitors in a waiting area stocked with complimentary drinks and wireless Internet. Axe men and women can also bring instruments to the Swift’s in-house repair shop, where technicians can correct a guitar’s faulty bridge.