The faculty members at the School of Rock believe that immersion is the best way to learn any new skill, which is why they don’t just teach students how to traverse the notes and rhythms of guitar, bass, drums, keyboard, and vocals in isolation. In addition to teaching students the technical skills during one-on-one lessons, the professional music instructors push them to fuse their individual parts into songs during full band practices with fellow beginner rockers. This combination of one-on-one attention and cooperative group learning helps kids of all skill levels hone their craft while overcoming common pitfalls such as stage fright or playing off-tempo. As kids learn to shred riffs, pound out drum solos, and summon Ronnie James Dio by hitting the correct vibrato atop a silver mountain, the classes build their confidence and kick-start a lifetime of loving rock 'n' roll.
US Music Lessons founder Vince Hanvey has more than three decades of experience as a professional musician, honing his guitar-playing acumen in styles as diverse as rock, jazz, and country. He and his staff of skilled instructors help students pursue their musical dreams, creating personalized lesson plans that cater to individual goals. Students can show off their developing guitar, bass, drums, piano, and vocal skills at performances and jam sessions hosted at the studio throughout the year.
At five years old, Kenny Mathews started learning piano right around the time he started learning to read. After touring with a rock n' roll band and teaching for two decades, he's not only musically literate—he's downright multi-lingual. His expertise encompasses trumpet, flute, saxophone, guitar, and ukelele—but his specialty is encouragement. Regardless of the instrument, he helps his students feel comfortable whether they're playing alone or performing for an audience of jittery grisly bears. He supplements his private lessons with recital prep, and remains a source of patient support for his pupils throughout their learning process.
The teachers at Prodigy Kids Performing Arts draw upon extensive on-stage experience to tutor young'uns in a schedule of classes focused on singing, acting, and dancing. Voice courses introduce small fry to singing basics, including music reading, vocal technique, and how to shatter crystal without hosting indoor homerun derbies. The Musical Theater class delves into advanced study of the American art form, building a repertoire of skills that will aid them in Broadway debuts and undercover ops in the land of Oz. Acting sessions focus on the emoting skills required in stage life, with games, improv, and monologues to help develop comfort reacting and performing before audiences. All classes meet once each week in intimate groups of 12 or fewer students, and age requirements differ.
From ballet school in her native Peru to folk-dance studies in college, Marcela Alva had dance in her heart and on her hips. Her long-held belief that dance, combined with good nutrition, results in a rich, healthy life led her to become a certified Zumba instructor in 2008 to help others feel good about their bodies and lead healthier lifestyles. At Dance2Fitness, she leads students of all fitness levels and dance abilities—including those with two left feet and those with two left feet for hands—through high-energy classes such as Zumba, salsa, bachata, and merengue. Getting hearts pumping, she harnesses the dynamic rhythms of Latin music to help patrons burn calories and sculpt limbs while having fun with the fancy footwork.