In 1998, School of Rock's first location was built in Philadelphia to strengthen students' self-confidence, develop their musicianship, and most importantly, spark an insatiable enthusiasm to learn. Today, the School of Rock franchise has branched out to more than 65 locations throughout the United States and Mexico. During the school's music lessons, encouraging instructors well versed in methods of rocking and rolling—such as strumming guitars, tickling keyboards, and causing avalanches with yodels—demystify music theory for mini Mick Jaggers of all skill levels.
School of Rock's Rock 101 program acquaints beginners with the instrument of their choice using a curriculum of weekly private lessons and group band rehearsals. Virtuosos ready to hit the stage can participate in the performance program, which prepares students for live performances that pay homage to beloved rock icons such as Queen, Led Zeppelin, and Mount Rushmore.
Little Hearts Music Together fosters kids' burgeoning rhythmic talents with interactive music classes in a fun, family-supported environment. Once a week, parents and kids co-compose a world of sound in 45-minute, mixed age essential-music classes for tots as young as newborns and up to kindergarten-age. Cross-generational jam sessions let littler kids copy their siblings or imitate grandma's warbling through a range of singing activities, instrument play, and movement exercises in-tune with diverse musical styles such as jazz, blues, boogie, and lyrical. Students are encouraged to participate at their own pace and will receive two CDs and an illustrated songbook for practice at home, on the go, or during long-winded State of the Union addresses. Additionally, newcomers to the program get a DVD guide and booklet with information about how to help a child grow musically. Check the schedule for available class times.
The professional, classically trained instructors at Noble Art Institute of Music edify instrument wranglers with in-depth music lessons. Students ages 3 and up tuck into one-on-one sessions with degreed teachers. Each lesson is customized to the participant's level and based upon his or her needs, teaching classical-guitar students to master chords, piano scholars to sail through scales, and vocal apprentices to tailor their arias to a particular concert hall or elevator. Those who continue at the school can participate in year-round events, such as recitals, chamber-music ensembles, community-service gatherings, and clandestine hoedowns, which strictly forbid sheet music.
It's said that music builds neurological pathways in the brain like no other experience. The co-owners of Sing N Move, Miss April and Miss Lena, facilitate this firsthand every day during their Kindermusik classes, which help boost brain function through musical exploration.
Kids not only stretch their creative muscles, but also their actual muscles—the classes challenge fine motor skills by encouraging tots to play instruments and bop along to the beat. Miss April and Miss Lena have even taken their own children to Kindermusik classes and have seen them blossom there, which is why they opened their studio in the first place.
Guitar, banjo, or ukelele. Drums, piano, or bass guitar. Your own vocal chords. These are a few of the instruments that students master at Prodigy Studios. Music lessons carry kids at their own pace through the ins and outs of each instrument. The instructors also prove their expertise in repairing, re-stringing, cleaning, and otherwise servicing guitars as well as tuning pianos. Those who want to hear music without making it themselves can inquire about Prodigy's DJ services.
Mill Pond Arts Allentown's staff of pianists, drummers, guitarists, and singers pull out all the stops when it comes to teaching budding musicians. Their private lessons dole out student-specific tips and exercises, group classes allow kids to learn from their peers, and camps—including Broadway boot camp and Camp Xpress—help people overcome stage fright with games and performances. To help youngsters outside of class, Mill Pond hosts the Theta Music Trainer, an online program designed to sharpen ears and shepherd them toward perfect pitch.