Raptors of Rock, Hollywood Crisis, and Trip Aces might not be household names yet, but they’re rising stars in Santa Barbara. That’s thanks to Santa Barbara Youth Music Academy, which specializes in helping talented, dedicated young musicians form their own rock bands and ensembles. Under the guidance of expert musicians and instructors, groups spend time rehearsing tunes, refining their collective playing skills, and developing pithy responses to journalists’ questions. The academy likewise encourages students to hone their individual talents during weekly private lessons in instruments such as guitar, drums, and voice. Once the band starts gelling, SBYMA schedules gigs at various venues, including multi-band showcases. For budding musicians interested in a less intensive commitment, the academy also hosts six-week sessions and summer programs.
California Keyboards Music Center has sharpened the ears and tamed the wandering digits of the Southern Valley for more than 35 years. Each weekly 30-minute lesson is taught by instructors whose performance resumés include enlivening Carnegie Hall, marching in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, and treading alongside jazz greats like Ella Fitzgerald.
Family Music Center is a comprehensive learning hub designed for musicians of all ages, skill levels, and tamborine-gnawing abilities. Part recording studio, part music school, and part Kindermusik classroom, the center offers a wealth of enriching opportunities, from private lessons that guide novice guitar, violin, and drum players to Kindermusik classes that focus on bolstering cognitive abilities. After taking a few classes at the center, students are often encouraged to show off their abilities with the studio’s professional-grade software and gear.
Adding an exciting aural landscape to sadly silent parties and eerily soundless wedding receptions, the record wranglers at Music Makers DJ provide revelous gatherings with hours of crowd-pleasing tunes. Today’s Groupon gets you three hours of their expert acoustics at an event of your choosing. The sagacious DJs will attune their expert acoustics to events and occasions of almost any size, from 3,000-guest weddings to 10-person informational PETA meetings on the perks and challenges of raising pet balloon animals. In addition to perfected playlists, Music Makers can bring party-enhancing equipment such as a lighting system and a fog machine, which lend an air of authenticity to zombie-heavy dances such as “Thriller” and the “Macarena.”Although not included in this Groupon, karaoke equipment is also available ($50/hour), so you can enliven any bash with the sounds of self-styled crooning and air-guitar restringing. Groupon holders can extend the party for a discounted rate of $100 per hour ($200/hour regular value) for additional hours purchased.