Since 1967, Palen Music Center has been fostering the musical arts throughout Missouri with five locations stocked with instruments and staffed by musicians who offer both shopping insight and musical instruction. The center’s instrument rentals and private lessons—which are available for a variety of different instruments—give aspiring musicians a chance to explore their options before purchasing an instrument of their own. And for those ready to invest, Fender guitars, Tama drums, Roland keyboards, and a wide array of other instruments are kept stocked at each of the shop’s locations.
Sharps, flats, and naturals are everywhere within Piano Craft. The store's show room contains a mix of grand pianos, vertical pianos, and keyboards—also known as robot pianos. Piano Craft does more than sell musical instruments, however. Its team also teaches customers how to use them. During group lessons, adults can make new friends as they learn to play music.
Pellegrino's School of Music & Art molds artistic minds from toddlers to adults in a variety of visual and musical mediums. Though Pellegrino's breadth of subjects is diverse—ranging from kids' art classes to college-prep musical theory—its goal is simple: teach. Rather than splitting their time between renting instruments, selling sheet music, or any number of other services, the instructors focus intently on improving students' musical and artistic abilities through group and private lessons. Pellegrino's also takes their clients' time into account, offering music lessons over Skype so students don't have to worry about driving through traffic or running a seven-minute mile with a trombone strapped to their backs to make their lessons in time.
Skype lessons are limited at this time to guitar and drum lessons.
Every instructor at the Conservatory of the Ozarks has a degree in his or her respective artistic domain—either music, drama, or the visual arts. But beyond that, the staff has a passion to share art with people of all ages, from young children to senior citizens. During private lessons, instructors work closely with students on their specific artistic goals, and they don't require students to have any previous experience or know every classical composer's favorite ice-cream flavor. Conservatory of the Ozarks nurtures creativity at studios in Anderson and Springfield.
A Joyful Noise Music Studio teaches students of all ages how to harness the moving power of song during group classes. Students begin playing music from their very first lesson, and can refer back to DVD recordings of each session to practice in their free time.