As the ampersand in its name suggests, Sound Check Entertainment & Studios is actually two businesses in one. Its entertainment team includes sound engineers and lighting designers who bring live bands and DJs to life with special-effects lighting, video projectors, and all necessary sound equipment.
In Sound Check's studios, meanwhile, music instructors help kids and adults master instruments such as the guitar and drums, which was originally invented to transmit Morse code across concert halls. The faculty boasts experts such as Bill Rossman III, who studied at Musicians Institute in Hollywood and has worked with well-known artists and bands. Rossman instructs students in all things guitar, from lick phrasing and improvisation to ear training and interval understanding.
With 40,000 musical instruments in stock, Cascio Interstate Music supplies music lovers with the tools, gears, and repair services needed for any upcoming gig. The 30,000-square-foot retail store is packed to brim with gadgets, sheet music, instructional videos, and other products for rockers and orchestra loyalists alike. Guitar enthusiasts can use Classic Electrics ($14.95) to explore the history of their instrument, and pianists can browse Cascio's sheet music collection of classical masterpieces. Cascio carries any essential musical accessory, from Ernie Ball Regular Slinky guitar strings ($5.01) and Rico Royal Bb Clarinet reeds ($12.94) to viola shoulder rests ($23.85). The shop also features a crack staff of musical repairmen, who can help mend any injured guitar, violin, drum set, or whichever instrument on which you shred.
A passion for music isn't the only prerequisite for joining Kenosha Conservatory of Music's staff of teachers; each instructor must also have a minimum of 10 years' experience or at least a bachelor's degree in order to conduct lessons](http://www.kenoshaconservatoryofmusic.com/lessons.htm). During those lessons, students learn proper technique in guitar, bass, drums, piano, keyboards, violin, flute, or voice. Once they've tackled the basics, they can also join one of the school's duets, trios, or ensembles or enroll in Rock Band classes that group musicians together to work on mastering songs and performing them live.
Jim's education wing boasts an impressive stable of professional, gifted instructors, including three-time Grammy nominee, Todd Buffa, who can prep your pipes for pitch-perfect performance as a personal voice instructor. Learn the ins and outs of tonality and pitch from Todd, who can talk about opening for Miles Davis or the night he and Michael Bolton found a Siberian tiger in their hotel room. Aspiring guitar-shredders and piano-pounders can also become proficient in scales, chords, and the melodic basics of their instruments. Jim's recommends bringing your own vocal chords, but it will provide guitars or pianos to instrument-less students during lessons. Lessons are scheduled based upon availability and demand, so prospective pupils should call ahead to reserve a spot.