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.
Founded in 1985, Theatre Arts, Inc. has continued to honor its core mission of supplying Oklahomans with performance education and opportunities. Within a newly renovated 10,000-square-foot facility, students train tapping toes in more than 10 styles of dance?including tap, jazz, and hip-hop?and channel their inner thespian in acting classes or private lessons that focus on both improvisation and script work. Private instruction and classes also accommodate vocalists who receive personalized tips on stage presence from the faculty and practice harmonizing by singing duets with humming radiators. Numerous alumni have harnessed their training into careers, working locally and nationally on television and Broadway, and two?Lauren Nelson and Shawntel Smith?have gone on to become Miss America.
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.
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.