At Pepper’s School of Music and Art the sounds of tomorrow’s rock stars, drumline leaders, and designated National Anthem singers mingle with the chatter of artists perfecting their crafts. Founders Ashleigh and Barrett Pepper preside over lessons in guitar, bass, drums, piano, and vocals, working with a team of caring instructors. They'll typically start with the basics of instrumental technique before teaching students how easy it is to read music, play by ear, or perform their favorite song. In art lessons and meetups, pupils as young as 4 learn to work with paint and other media. The classes are open to adults as well, so the school occasionally hosts BYOB painting sessions."
On March 29, 2011, legendary violinist Itzhak Perlman preceded his concert at the Lila Cockrell Theater with a Q&A session at Antonio Strad Violin. One of many other classical music stars to visit the store, Perlman's appearance reinforced Antonio Strad's status as one of Texas's preeminent stringed-instrument retailers.
The store stocks violins, violas, cellos, and basses, many hand-made. Alongside those instruments, Antonio Strad showcases essential accessories, such as shoulder rests, music stands, strings, and Vivaldi's powdered wig. Besides selling and renting their collection, Antonio Strad has an in-house team who are experts at repairing malfunctioning instruments and restoring older pieces, and a team of professional instructors, some of whom are professional symphony musicians, who help players refine their skills during private lessons.
The disc spinners at Musicology elevate fetes to high-class soirees with a carefully pruned selection of tunes spanning 70 years of popular song. Professional DJs craft each party with intense scrutiny, digging through crates for choice tunes and investing more than 10 hours of planning, including a one-on-one consultation that preemptively nips possible party fouls in the bud. An online request form helps hosts fill the night with four hours of their favorite cuts or dramatic readings of The Decameron, and the emcee masters at Musicology share the most requested for helpful hints and suggestions. Musicology's high-tech gadgetry and know-how keep A/V needs fulfilled, with wireless mics and dedicated sound systems paving the way for inspiring speeches or booty-shaking beats.
Together, Redbone's instructors have more than 6,435 years of instruction experience; that's more than six lifetimes rocking, jamming, making splendid sounds, and busting blistering solos. Cliff Wright teaches guitar along with Greg Norris, who played on the Grammy-nominated album World Jazz by Lara & Reyes and conducts jazz clinics and master classes at many San Antonio–area high schools. Brazilian-born piano savant Nayara Megarity teaches scales, octaves, and chords, specializing in music's empathic intensity.
The academy's roster of instructors dispenses private and group education on diverse instrumentation during their 30-minute one-on-one music lessons and 45-minute Kindermusik sessions. Euphonic apprentices can open up their epiglottises in voice lessons, strum away on guitars, or prepare to marshal their army of G.I. Joes by beating some drum skins. Lessons are also available on the piano, as well as band and orchestra instruments. All students except drum and piano pupils must supply their own instruments for use during lessons, where they will learn a curriculum geared to their individual goals and interests. The academy's extensive library of method books imparts the techniques to tackle any style of music and teaches students to read music so that they're able to interpret the plot lines of Mozart's romance novels.