Flung from the concert stage by the drummer of T-Rex, a single drumstick caught by eighth grader Donn Bennett began a lifelong passion for collecting rare and celebrity drum sets. He began selling and trading equipment from his home, and eventually his constantly expanding collection prompted him to open his own shop in 1977. Today, as recorded by King 5 Magazine, more than 50 signed snares hang from the store's ceiling above a show room circled by 15 sets previously used by drummers from bands such as Green Day, Aerosmith, Kansas, and Cheap Trick. Snares played by The Who's Keith Moon and Kiss' Peter Criss, a signed drumhead by The Beatles' Ringo Starr, and feline whiskers fashioned into drumsticks by Josie and the Pussycats round out Donn's extensive exhibit.
Along with the displayed celeb drums, Donn dispenses new and used drum gear to customers along with vintage snare parts and major-brand replacement parts for sets in need of repair. Stocked with two professional drum sets and a Roland electronic drum tutor, soundproof learning rooms shelter pupils and instructors during private 30- or 60-minute lessons for all skill levels. Along with annual rock camps and clinics, Donn's staff leads specialized classes in diverse drumming topics such as mastering the techniques of Led Zeppelin's John Bonham and the cymbal-smacking techniques of Animal from the Muppets.
The sound specialists at Bellevue American Music help outfit local bands and aspiring rock stars with musical equipment from brands such as Fender, Korg, Yamaha, Roland, and Bogner in the bright, open showroom. Learning to play the intro song to Hogan's Heroes from sheet music is much easier with an On Stage XCG4 guitar stand ($13.49) and artillery of D'Addario EXL120 strings ($5.99). Hone vocal skills outside of showers with an On Stage mic stand ($29.99), or squelch creative differences with the raucous roar of the Peavey Vypyr 15 amp ($99.99). Those eager to accessorize the recent growth of their folk-indie beard may nab a Lee Oskar harmonica ($38.99) and settle into their tax accountant's stoop for an impromptu show.
Students of all ages and levels greatly benefit from this fun yet intense learning environment located in Bellevue. Our curriculum covers: Guitar, Bass, Drums, Piano, Keyboards, Harmonica, Ukulele, Vocals & Digital Recording. Our talented instructors are fluent in all modern musical genres. Music is our first language.
Meter's expert mentors gently coax students of all levels of experience to new heights of harmonious triumph. Strut into a musical wonderland as spectacular as Def Leppard's hair-salon invoice with individual instruction in guitar, piano, drums, and a menagerie of other instruments. Students of all ages may test the waters of rhythm with introductory lessons or work toward virtuosity with guided practice drills. Weekly courses allow armchair cellists to gradually augment their skills while working through their favorite pop song or a conductor's favorite train lullaby. The school's euphonious staff excels in a varied range of musical genera, and a full list of the instruments for which Meter offers lessons can be found here.
A teaching team of professional performers guides kids, teens, and adults toward rhythmic bliss at The Music Factory. All skill levels of rockers-to-be are welcome to begin their journey on a host of instruments including guitar, piano, their own voice box, most wind instruments, and string instruments such as the ukulele or the shoehorn. Along the way, students pick up popular songs, discuss music theory, and practice improvisation should a crazed fan attack the stage in the middle of a gnarly flute solo. A laid-back atmosphere encourages budding bassists to stick with their studies, and lessons are typically held once or twice a week.
The experienced dance instructors at Century Ballroom teach novice and veteran hoofers alike on its 2,000-square-foot dance floor, schooling on the basics of a variety of toe-tapping numbers. Aspiring rug-cutters select a dance style for the five-week course ($60), with options including the East Coast swing, energetic Lindy hop, and sultry tango. In 60-minute classes, learn the basic foot patterns and seductive steps of salsa—a blend of Afro-Cuban and Latin moves set on the crunchy surface of a tortilla chip—or glide across the floor in a sophisticated waltz set to the music of Strauss. Century Ballroom shares a building with The Tin Table restaurant, allowing dancers to replenish calories expended during energetic sashays and face-melting jazz hands.