In 2006, it dawned on Terry Moshenberg and Topher Stott that there was a lack of creative outlets for musical adults. Those hoping to hone their skills or simply jam out often had a hard time finding likeminded people. A year later, Terry and Topher sought out to solve this problem by starting League of Rock, which has since revealed what they refer to as the "hidden musical population." During workshops and team-building exercises held at corporations and various venues, professional musicians invite grownups to unleash their inner rock star by helping them master their chosen instrument, assigning them band mates, and getting them up on stage with a professional rock band. In corporate music leagues, clients use LOR as a resource to put on shows for recruiting purposes and raising money for charity.
Head instructor Erik Laar (a.k.a. Steptone) and his vinyl warriors show mixmasters-to-be the roots, artistry, and versatility of old-school turntabling and new-school mixing software. With a watchful instructor at their elbow, pupils send kazoos to the dunce corner by learning to use turntables as an expressive instrument via hand skills, basic music theory, and analog sound mixing. Like cheetahs in training, apprentice DJs practice scratching and creating original tracks, mixing snippets from a variety of music styles. The school keeps the two-hour class small and fun-focused, giving each student maximum hands-on time with turntables and any time-travelling gramophones.
The expert musicians behind Concrete City Music have created musicians heaven: a world devoted to the creation and sharing of music. They help musicians from all stages in their processes, with Song Creation or Song Performance workshops.
The instructors at Freedom School of the Arts don’t teach theatrical dogma. Instead of constraining their pupils with “must do” techniques, they encourage students to explore their own process and discover on-stage confidence through a constantly changing curriculum. The school’s acting and improv classes cover basic performance skills that ease self-doubts as well as read-through, blocking, and agreement techniques that help them feel comfortable in any situation, from shows to auditions to parent-teacher conferences. Not just for adults, the school hosts youth acting classes that help kids explore their imagination and creativity.
Since she was preceded by four generations of musicians, it was only natural that Shelkah Francis began playing piano at age 6. Now, with music degrees and nearly two decades of teaching experience to her name, she helps kids discover the same early love of music that has guided her through life and mythical journeys to the underworld. Kindermusik with Ms. Shelkah uses a curriculum practiced around the world that provides age-appropriate music lessons to babies, toddlers, and kids, teaching them musical aptitude as well as social skills. She also teaches youth and adults how to play individual instruments, write music, and prepare for auditions.