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.
Under the tutelage of Shannon Studios’ trained professionals, burgeoning musicians master their instrument of choice during 30-minute one-on-one lessons taught inside a quaint house turned child-friendly studio with a dedicated drum room and recording area. The talented Kayle Grieman—lead singer of the electronic-rock band Bruder—leads stick-wielding novices to drumming glory by teaching them how to hold a beat, and vocalist instructor Ashley Shannon molds would-be warblers into veteran crooners. Axman Matthew Shannon draws on his touring experience to show students difficult stage-dive poses and how to shred while technically being asleep. A new addition to the staff, Carissa Murillo teaches four-stringed neophytes how to tuck chins, tune strings, and string bows before tackling difficult musical pieces for violin.
The certified instructors at Foyil Music Studio conjure students’ symphonic skills during private music lessons. Musicians of all experience levels can jam with certified instructors during weekly 30-minute lessons, internalizing curricula ranging from popular genres, such as classical, jazz, folk, and contemporary, to obscure disciplines such as 20th-century gum jingles. Tone vocal chords in a voice lesson or foxtrot fingers across pianos or guitar strings. Customers can also wet their tune-making whistles on variety of woodwind instruments, including flute, oboe, bassoon, clarinet, saxophone, and trumpet. Enrolled students have the option of performing in one of the school's frequent showcases, giving proud parents a chance to applaud their fledgling instrumentalists or badger them with requests for Jethro Tull covers.
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.
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—which are BYOB—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.