Lauren Bruns began singing in an oldies cover band in her early teens before branching out in college as a solo artist on Austin's Sixth Street. After four years in Los Angeles—during which she won V05's Red Hot Rising Star contest and signed a deal with Sony—Lauren decided to focus on working with children. She realized that kids had no access to music programs with songwriting components, so she spent three years teaching youngsters at in-home lessons and schools, all the while shaping a curriculum that encouraged kids to express themselves with original lyrics, finely tuned eyebrow raises, and music.
In 2011, Lauren opened her kids-only songwriting studio where expert teachers imbue children aged 4 and up with sight-reading, improvisation, and music-recording fundamentals. Music makers can learn basic guitar chords at private or group lessons, record an original song in the recording booth, belt out a tune on the performance stage, and practice for life on the road in the hotel-room trashing simulator. Youngsters can also experiment with different rhythms and vocal effects at GarageBand tutorials and learn a new instrument or write a new song at one-week summer-camp sessions.
From 18 studios scattered around Los Angeles, Lori Moran Music Studios’ armada of instructors offers all-ages voice, piano, guitar, violin, and composition classes. With teachers who have worked on films such as Dreamgirls and Dance Flick, world-touring operatic productions, and Grammy-nominated choral CDs, the school can cater to virtually every musical taste—from classical to jazz to pop. Students choose the emphasis of their lessons, whether they want to work on their public performance skills, write their own songs, sight-read scores, or simply be able to play musical chairs during a power outage. Many will also get the chance to show off in recitals, concerts, and showcases.
Emily Dale, a music instructor educated at Berklee College of Music, is also a professional songsmith whose "husky contralto and effervescent charm have won over fans from Dayton to Athens, Ohio, from Boston to New York," in the words of one Dayton City Paper writer. When she's not writing or recording her own songs, she helps students learn to play piano, guitar, or ukulele, or to use their own voices as instruments. Students can also opt for music-theory or songwriting lessons, and can even record songs in Dale's home studio.
Signature service: Guitar lessons, bass lessons
Staff Size: 1 person
Average Duration of Services: 30?60 minutes
Brands Used: Mark Sly's Guitar Instruction Book and DVD
Pro Tip: Have your guitar/bass ready and tuned up.
Gwendolyn’s musical pedigree extends far beyond her 34 years of ivory-tickling experience. Her love of music comes from her grandmother, who honed her own musical acumen as a student in Julliard’s prestigious halls. Following that legacy, Gwendolyn attended college on a musical scholarship, and fulfilled her destiny further by carving out a career as a successful concert pianist. Now, during her one-one-one lessons, she shares her talents with students of all ages and ability levels, from beginners looking for a patient teacher and veterans hoping to expand their repertoire to player pianos scared and confused by their newfound self-awareness.