Of the 12 music teachers at Barker's Music, most have taught there for more than 18 years. So all of the instructors have plenty of experience teaching their chosen instrument. Music lessons cover piano, guitar and bass, violin, drums, harmonica, and voice. But the staff members also demonstrate their musical expertise in other ways, including tuning pianos and repairing guitars. And party hosts can call upon the Kyle Barker Band, which plays events ranging from birthdays to going-away parties for your noise-sensitive neighbors.
A-Plus Learning aides everyone from kindergartners to college students in the learning process. Prior to one-on-one tutoring, pupils are given an assessment that helps determine goals. Students then work on those goals during one-hour sessions, getting help with homework and practicing writing, mathematics, and science skills with a focus on personal growth. The center's music lessons, valid only in the Stockton-area, provide hands-on experience in percussion, piano, or theory, whereas life-skills coaching targets study habits, family support, or career coaching to help participants succeed in every part of their lives. The center only hires tutors with a four-year degree, and parents are required to be present during sessions.
Singer-songwriter Christina Herche?s voice and guitar skills are heard at venues both big and small. She has played for the crowd while in bands?including The Emmons Sisters and The Ivy Street Band?and solo. When not onstage or in the studio, Herche teaches budding musicians how to play guitar and its more difficult cousin, air guitar.
In the acoustically-treated practice studios that fill their brand-new facility, Music Time Academy’s instructors arm students as young as five years with the rent-to-own flutes, trumpets, or violins they need to tangle with any musical challenge that might cross their paths. The school’s curriculum is not limited to juvenile jongleurs, with students of virtually any age brushing up on their banjo, mandolin, piano, bass, or vocal abilities during lessons calibrated to the tastes of each pupil.
This modularity is made possible through the diverse roster of instructors, whose ranks include classical ensemble guitarists, rock 'n' roll ukulele players, effortlessly controlled jazz trumpeters, and a stray punk-druid mandolin player from Brighton, England. These eager teachers are equipped to foster virtually any sort of musical interest, whether students wish to show off in regularly scheduled recitals, find a friendly place to hone their skills, or compose a national anthem for their Dungeons and Dragons setting.
If you had a Q&A with Sara Thompson, you'd learn that she loves working with kids and cherishes her own. But children are just part of what drives her. The educator and owner of Kindermusik by Musical Milestones has adored music since she herself was a child singing in choirs and acting in local theater. She passes on her passion to the next generation?including her daughter, the inspiration for Kindermusik?through music and movement classes for kids. From babies to seven-year-olds, students grasp basic musical properties as their social and emotional skills grow like sponges in a sauna.
Music Together cultivates a warm, welcoming community of children and their adult counterparts in 45-minute music classes, which introduce developing brains to grooveable tunes with an accommodating schedule. A friendly instructor trained in teaching, music, and impersonating tubas leads up to 12 Beatles-in-training through structured musical explorations, helping little ones to test out rhythms on drums, keep time on triangles, and belt out songs. Newborns to 4-year-olds co-mingle in the same classes, creating an open environment in which younger tykes mimic social skills and musical talents modeled by the older children. Parents and guardians participate in the classes, sitting cross-legged on the floor with their mellifluous youngster, socializing with other adults and intermittently showing off their yodeling skills.