Having played guitar since the young age of 17, Amy K has honed her musical abilities into a competition-winning craft. In the process, she has developed a teaching style that fuses fundamentals and fun. Amy K and her experienced instructors (all have a bachelor's degree in music and can recite the Pledge of Allegiance via guitar and talk box) let students choose the songs they want to play, then set encouraging short-term goals and provide instruction on technique and theory, as well as proper stage pyrotechnics safety. Students of all ages and skill levels receive enjoyable and educational instruction on all style of music, ensuring that their dreams of playing for a cover band of their favorite tribute band is well within reach.
Capoeira Brasil-Arizona is devoted to the martial-arts-dance fusion of capoeira, as well as numerous other Brazilian art and dance forms, such as samba and Maculelê. A team of eight highly qualified teachers will lead students through three classes in their choice of dance style ($15 each). Customers can stop in for beginner’s capoeira on Wednesdays from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and discover the acrobatic beauty of capoeira—a martial art disguised as an improvisational dance, created by African slaves in Brazil hundreds of years ago—as rhythmic music fills their ears with adrenaline earplugs. From 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursdays, guests can learn the samba, one of Brazil’s most popular musical genres and the sole reason why KISS finally disbanded. With classes offered seven days a week, and options suited to Brazilian beginners and capoeira aficionados alike, this cultural center has a place for everyone and every back flip in its place.
To Andrew Ecker, drumming isn't just the act of keeping a beat. He's facilitated drum circles for more than 17 years, experiencing firsthand the benefits of expressing oneself through the ancient art of rhythm. Through his Circle of Choice, for instance, Andrew supplies young people with a supportive outlet to express feelings about schoolyard bullying and violence. He creates a similarly safe space for wounded veterans at Circle of Warriors sessions, where vets can work through issues such as post-traumatic-stress disorder These only skim the surface of Andrew's work through Drumming Sounds, which hosts other wellness-focused drum circles at various hospitals and team-building events.
Byron Nemeth remembers hearing The Beatles for the first time when he was 5; from then on, he's been a music fanatic and musician himself. Byron has recorded extensively, including with members of the Steve Vai band and others, and his own band, Sacred Heart, played the likes of New York City's famous club, CBGB, and, though he's moved to the west coast, he continues to create music. From his new hub, he also teaches students who, like his younger self, want to learn guitar.