At Rock Stars Academy, aspiring drummers, bassists, guitarists, and keyboarders take the stage to share recently learned musical concepts and original compositions as they play as a group. During the week, professional music teachers teach musical techniques and fine-tune students' abilities with personalized instruction. The seasoned musicians teach beginners how to properly hold instruments to prevent bad habits that hinder progress, and they tailor lesson programs to each student’s specific goals, such as better understanding the intricacies of modal jazz or playing solos that summon pet chimeras.
In addition to hosting music lessons in guitar, drums, voice, and other instruments, Rock Stars Academy also houses a recording studio, band practice spaces, and a venue that schedules shows. The academy’s technicians also nurse wounded six-strings back to health with guitar repair services.
The Michigan State University College of Music hones the tonal talents of its charges before unleashing their melodic capabilities into the acoustically sound stratosphere of the Wharton Center. More than 150 musicians from the MSU Symphony Orchestra, University Chorale, State Singers, Choral Union, and soloists from the MSU voice faculty interpret Giuseppe Verdi's Requiem, a passionate piece known to enthusiasts for its examination of faith and the afterlife as well as for its lack of the synth-pop beats that dominated the 19th-century symphony scene. Vocal soloists Melanie Helton, Molly Fillmore, Richard Fracker, and Rod Nelman form a choral quadrangle that harmonizes disparate clefs into a prism of polyphony.
Veteran guitarist Tab Wakley knows that the secret to becoming a great musician lies in loving what you play. That?s why he takes his teaching cues from his students, building his lessons around the genres and musicians that they most want to emulate. Over his years as a touring musician, Tab has mastered techniques that range from flat-picking to full-on shredding; his greatest asset as a teacher, however, is his ability to immediately assess your level of experience and match it with the appropriate subject matter. Students can delve right into strumming chords and playing songs or investigate the elements of music theory by reading sheet music or melting down a vinyl Beethoven record.
A division of Michigan State University's College of Music, MSU Community Music School operates under the belief that ?music dramatically enhances the quality of life.? Here, students of all ages and skill levels immerse themselves in this philosophy as they exercise teamwork in group rock-guitar classes, learn the history of the ukulele, or prosper through developmental challenges during music-therapy sessions. The school?s staff of expert instructors also helps students reach their individual musical goals, whether they want to master the jazz trombone or pursue a career as a bedroom alarm clock.
Carrie Lozier began by teaching students how to play piano from her home studio in 2003, with just 10 students on her roster. By 2011, Lozier Music had 70 students enrolled and new digs of its own. Staff began by teaching only piano, using the Simply Music method, which emphasizes being able to play music before being able to read music, in the same way children learn to speak before they are able to write long letters to the editor about rescheduling Yo Gabba Gabba during naptime. Some of the concepts of this method is translated to other instruments, where classes mirror four steps on learning to play. First is immersion, where students up to age 5 get comfortable being surrounded by the sounds of music; then introduction, where they learn to makes sounds with instruments; finally, musical instruction followed by integration, where musicians learn to play together with other musicians.
With students featured in spotlight-grabbing settings such as America’s Thanksgiving Parade and Detroit Pistons halftime shows, Deborah’s Stage Door’s Deborah Agrusa and her award-winning staff hone twirls, taps, notes, and general razzmatazz for preschoolers through adults. Young toes yearning for terpsichorean know-how learn the ropes in Deborah Stage Door’s preschool rhythm class, as preschoolers romp their way through a combination of tap and ballet, learning balance and coordination along the way. More experienced dancers increase skills and decrease the chances of losing a street fight to the Sharks with a smorgasbord of ballet, jazz, tap, or hip-hop strutting courses taught in both the summer and fall. In addition to dance, Deborah Stage Door’s college of musical knowledge nurtures budding songbirds with performing-arts classes including show choir and acting.