Ever since he was 17, Sterling Wilson has been inseparable from his clarinet. When the master's candidate isn't busy performing with orchestras or in grad classes with New York Philharmonic members, he shares his woodwind passion with his Oklahoma City Clarinet Studio students. Drawing on material for his own in-progress method book, Sterling walks players of all ages through the fundamentals of the instrument, starting with how to put one together. After mastering scales and reading music, pupils advance to more challenging material, such as solo pieces or playing three clarinets at once. They can showcase those newfound skills at the studio's recitals, which Sterling holds for his students' friends and family twice a year.
Kid Co Theatre's teaching team of Ben and Lia Oldham draws from extensive teaching experience to lead young cast members in a collaboration to create their own pirate-themed play. Aspiring actors work together, bolstering communication skills as they rehearse the nuanced spectrum of pirate emotions and gain self-confidence with every mimicked parrot squawk. Fourth through 8th graders comprise the main cast, learning to collaborate as they pen the show's plot and play games of human Jenga. Junior cast members in 3rd and lower grades form a separate contingent to perfect their roles as a band of pirates marauding their way into the same show.
Most Popular Service: Musical instruction and sound recording
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Average Duration of Services: 30?60 minutes
Brands Used: Shure, Tascam, Presonus, Fender, and Gibson
Catering to artists of all ages, the classes at Over Edukated Music & Arts focus on a number of creative endeavors, from singing on key to painting canvases. Inside the studio, groups gather for adult painting classes or kids' painting parties, which center around completing one composition by following along with an expert instructor. Music lessons are also offered, and students can choose from instruments such as piano, drums, trumpet, or voice?both learning to sing and practicing Chewbacca vocalizations.
Though he played the guitar for years, Josiah Wiens found himself running up against stalled progress, anxiety over learning new material, and frustration with his lack of advancement. So he threw his ineffective practice philosophies aside and began to experiment with new learning techniques. Josiah eventually hit on a method that dispelled his anxiety while jump-starting his technical abilities and musical sensitivity. Now, he helps both beginners and more experienced players hung up on the same difficulties that plagued him by teaching classes that interweave functional mastery with theory, which deepens spontaneous musicality. He also ministers to the instruments themselves, fixing guitars that have played one too many solos or been given life by fell magic.