At Hollywood Academy of Music, youthful exuberance mingles with experienced instruction by university-trained teachers during private and group lessons, camps, and clinics. Individual lessons in more than a dozen instruments teach students to strum a guitar's strings, tickle a piano's keys, or purée beats with a kitchen blender. In group classes such as the School of Rock Band 101, teachers help groups of kids or adults grasp band basics, and in the Recording Artist program students learn to create and release their own self-produced CD on software they can use at home. Hollywood Academy of Music also helps students and the general public to hone their tune tutelage at free monthly clinics that range from songwriting to wailing the ran-out-of-matching-socks blues on a guitar.
Sessions take place in air-conditioned studios equipped with observation windows and high-quality pianos, guitar amps, and drums. Instructors also work with aspiring entertainers to help them put together a vocal repertoire, with some students advancing to compete on shows such as American Idol and The Voice.
Each of the guitar coaches at American Guitar Academy are certified in the school’s signature teaching method. Developed over 25 years, this house-honed instruction technique incorporates scientific research to help fingers learn to shred frets up to eight times faster than alternative methods. During private half-hour lessons, instructors guide budding rock stars aged 4 years and up through the basics of strumming chords and seamlessly stitching together riffs. These comprehensive lessons on classical, electric, or acoustic guitars are offered once a week with a live instructor or online and guarantee that students will be playing their favorite music within six months of training. Students may begin lessons without owning a guitar, but are encouraged to gain access to one quickly for mastering scales and the ability to solo with their teeth.
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.
With 58 schools in 23 states, the inspiring and performance-driven School of Rock enthusiastically infuses fledgling tunesmiths across the nation with the rhythm, skill, and confidence required to rock 'n' roll. Each instructor at the school is a professional musician, and fully equipped with the know-how to catapult instrumentalists to the crest of Mount Rockmore.
With a premier Hollywood Boulevard location at Hollywood & Highland, this modern music college offers a dreamy rock n’ roll setting for aspiring young musicians or audiophiles. Musician’s Institute offers Associate Arts and Bachelor of music degrees, where students study with top industry musicians to learn bass, guitar, keyboard, drums and vocals. Originally founded in 1977 as The Guitar Institute of Technology, today the Musician’s Institute’s programs also include audio engineering and generalized music business. Faculty here includes successful industry musicians like guitarist Akimoto Takeshi, who has toured with Ziggy Marley, and Vadim Zilbershtein, who’s performed and recorded with Earth, Wind & Fire and Lenny Kravitz. “Summer Shot” week-long programs of music performance, recording, deejaying and music producing are also offered in June and July.
Justin Ashouri got a fast start in the music industry. He’s been a musician since the age of 5, and at 15 he began a professional career that would link him to such big-time acts as Prince, Lenny Kravitz, and The Kingsmen. At 18, frustrated with his instructors and their insistence on only teaching him how to play “MacArthur Park,” he began to lead his own lessons. Today, nearly a decade later, his professional and pedagogical gigs intertwine at Peace of Mind Music Lessons, where he both instructs and performs 10 different instruments. These range from the acoustic guitar to the piano, harmonica, and trumpet. He also teaches behind-the-scenes arts such as songwriting, classical composition, and using Pro Tools.