The instructors at Promethean Studios know that every musician is different, and they tailor their teaching techniques to both beginners and lifelong learners of music. The teachers each boast at least 15 years of experience and hundreds of lessons taught, and typically get students making music or summoning the bird species of their choice in two to six months. Most music students start by learning how to play songs they choose, a tactic that introduces the fundamentals of rhythm, instrument technique, and music theory under the cover of fun.
Equipment: State-of-the-art sprung floors, mirrors, and barres
Average class length: 60 minutes
Class location: Indoors only
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Pro Tip: Want the look of a dancer but never owned ballet shoes? Miss ballet? Then DREAM Barre is for you.
"D.R.E.A.M." stands for dance, recreation and fitness, education, arts, and mentoring, and the Family D.R.E.A.M. Center stands for all that plus community and Biblical teachings. Dance, music, and fine art classes provide space for every member of the household to learn, grow, and connect. Instructors draw on the Bible in character-building classes that teach subjects such as phone manners, transportation etiquette, and which fork to fling first at a food fight. Carrying off this ambitious scope is a "D.R.E.A.M. team" of instructors who are all degreed, working professionals in their respective fields, from graphic design to dance to speech therapy.
With 30 years of music-arrangement experience, Kevin Bigham expertly guides fingertips across piano keys during lessons held in studio, at students' homes, and even online via Skype video chat. Bigham welcomes students of all ages and skill levels, encouraging them to remain enthusiastic regardless of whether or not they’ve played in the past or showed up to the lesson wondering where the piano’s mouthpiece is. When he's not sharing skills with pupils, Bigham can often be found adding live soundtracks to weddings and events. He also blends his twin passions of music and spirituality by playing piano during faith-based events.
Arthur Murray has been a leading name in franchise dance since 1912, when the entrepreneur began selling mail-order dance lessons. Expanding his reach, he enlisted teachers to spread his signature dance lessons on first-class steamships and skyrocketed to fame in the '30s after introducing the public to such dances as the Lambeth Walk and The Big Apple. By the 1950s, Arthur and his wife, Kathryn, were hosting their own highly popular TV show on ABC, The Arthur Murray Dance Party, which ran for 12 years. Today, Arthur Murray's team prepares students for rug cutting at special events and weekend nightclub jaunts. Clients who arrive to lessons partnerless will be paired up with instructors during private lessons and other classmates for group lessons as instructors assess their current skill level and make recommendations on the most appropriate program. Throughout lessons, instructors teach the foundations of two to four dances from a long list of styles that range from Latin to country-western, helping students to learn basic step patterns, timing, and the ability to lead or follow.
Zounds Sounds, which was voted Best School of Rock 2008 by D Magazine, hosts lessons that teach students musical mechanics by letting them play and sing songs they already know and love. The team of skilled faculty that imparts musical knowledge in all the fundamental rock instruments, including guitar, bass, drums, piano, voice, and electric jaw harp. All instructors have extensive professional experience, and can usually be spotted playing shows locally any given night of the week. Zounds Sounds originally operated out of Marc's garage and fosters a supportive and collaborative environment for future shredders, wailers, and drum wallopers.
Gary Foreman had one goal in mind when creating The Dallas Drum School: to help everyone accomplish a higher level of personal achievement through music. Now, with his private and group lessons in drums and general percussion, he passes on his knowledge to make that goal a reality. During sessions shaped to accommodate students' personal goals, skill levels, genres, and desires to rock out on a rotating, fire-spitting drum set, he uses individual analysis and general method books to ensure custom learning experiences. His focus rests on fundamental skills—hand techniques, timekeeping, and independence as applied to the drum set—building a base that students can expand upon. Advanced students may bring metronomes, brushes, mallets, or drum sets to augment the growth of their skills. With enough interest and practice, Gary hopes his students will walk away with a newfound passion for music and an increased aptitude for learning.