While singer demand the most attention and guitar players plug into the biggest amps, music aficionados understand that with a competent drummer, songs quickly lose their swagger. At The Drum School, a team of trained instructors champions the rhythm section staple with lessons for full-grown percussionists and the city's youngest drummers alike. In addition to learning basic beats and fills, students also engaging with pop music from across the decades; recent practice songs include tracks from AC/DC, The Beatles, Jay-Z, and One Direction.
When Zachary Diebels teaches the skills needed to be a performing artist, he's speaking from experience. The 17-year music-industry veteran has had major-label and independent recording contracts with Hollywood Records and Spunout Records, and has toured with acts such as Foo Fighters, Filter, Limp Bizkit, Beck, and Kid Rock. A music producer by trade, Zach establishes a custom curriculum for each student that helps students build technical skills and learn music theory at a realistic pace. Every 90 days, students assess where they are and where they're headed as they deepen their musical pursuits in a supportive environment. As students sharpen their fretwork or rhythm skills, Rock Inc. can connect them with performance opportunities through the school’s ensemble and band program. Zach also teaches the production side of music in a recording studio tricked out with all the bells and whistles: microphones, compressors, MIDI capabilities, and analog bells and whistles.
The private West Pioneer Academy distinguishes itself with a sunny open campus, a thriving agriscience program, foreign-language classes, and inspiring opportunities for the arts. Designed to accommodate learning up to grade eight, the academy offers highly specialized learning environments characterized by small classes, an encouraging staff, and modern mainstays such as tablet computers, online engagement, and a strict, school-wide policy that states that cats cannot haz cheeseburgers.
McLaughlin Studios employs a team of professional performing artists to teach private and group lessons in instrumental music, dance, and musical theater. Private music lessons further an individual's proficiency in pop, jazz, rock, classical, and show-tunes styles, whereas group sessions encourage cohesive learning for bands and ensembles prepping for three annual recitals. Adept dancers help protégés progress at their own pace as they learn complex steps and how to dodge tossed rose bouquets with creative movement, ballet, strength training, and modern dance-fusion styles.
Started just a year ago, the McLaughlin Theatre Company gathers youth performers for independent productions at the MTC Playhouse. Young thespians hone their on-stage and auditioning skills in acting classes, which serve as more secure steps toward performing in Broadway musicals than thumb-wrestling matches with Andrew Lloyd Weber.