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.
Traversing the notes and frets of guitar, bass, drums, keyboard, and vocals, the faculty of professional musicians at School of Rock instructs junior jammers of varying statures with an eye on achieving live performance skills. Aspiring autograph signers of all ability levels learn the rock 'n' roll ropes during 30-minute private, weekly lessons. Drawing sonorous swells from instruments or their own mohawk-sporting vocal chords, pupils practice progressions, riffs, and more. Specialized workshops and field trips to concert backstages or music festivals place strummers and crooners in the heart of the local music scene. Students will also participate in weekly 60-minute group sessions with other burgeoning spotlight grabbers, allowing them a full-on rock-band experience that for once doesn’t involve a video-game console.
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.
The Sing With Me curriculum stretches back to the late 19th century, when a duo of sisters and early-education researchers composed the tune that would eventually become "Happy Birthday to You." Donating the popular song's royalties to a foundation, the song eventually financed the research of Ken Guilmartin, who was pursuing the role of music in early cognitive development. Teaming up with fellow researcher Lili Levinowitz, Guilmartin founded Music Together LLC, a system of musical learning that allowed kids from birth to age 7 and their parents to access the joys of music together in a fun, supportive environment. Although not every child is destined for a career as a concert pianist, Sing With Me’s teachers start from the philosophy that all children have some innate musical sense and can be taught to sing in tune, move rhythmically, and distinguish a recorder from a Charleston Chew.
Rocking out in front of an ecstatic crowd is every musician's dream. For students of all ages and skill levels at Rockaway Arts Academy, it comes true twice a year, when the academy hosts recitals inside a 400-seat auditorium. To ready pupils for the spotlight, instructors with extensive backgrounds in teaching and performing customize lessons around each student's goals and favorite musical styles. Along with private instruction for instruments such as guitar, piano, and drums, teachers gather their students for group sessions that range from music-theory tutorials to rock-band classes.