What services does your business offer and what makes your business stand out from the competition?
My students choose what they play!
My training allows me to write down and teach any song just by hearing it. The guitar sounds great playing every style of music, so whatever you're into, let me show you how to play it!
Do you provide any materials? What should your students expect to bring?
All you need is your own guitar!
I create a personalized lesson plan for each student that is based on musical interests and skill level.
Each time we meet, I will provide clear, hand-written instructions about any song you choose.
Kids and adults both practice more when they choose the music!
What was the inspiration to start or run this business?
After receiving my music degree from Colorado College in 2004, I realized that I truly enjoy the experience of sharing music with others.
What do you love most about your job?
I love to play guitar.
I am always looking to improve my abilities and I have experienced the value of a good teacher giving me a hand up.
When I see other people start to discover the world of music and I can give them a hand up, it is a satisfying way to contribute to the musical community.
Bryan Billhimer refers to the ukelele as "the gateway instrument." For him and his fellow teacher Ashley Shepherd, these tiny, four-stringed wonders represent a doorway to an ever-growing world of music—one that's accessible to anyone. The duo hosts online classes on the Center Stage Ukelele Academy website, gearing their lessons toward total beginners.
The academy's video seminars cover fundamental techniques as well as popular songs, including "Somewhere Over the Rainbow," "Wagon Wheel," and Taylor Swift's "Shake it Off." Additionally, students are encouraged to submit lesson requests for songs they'd like to learn. Each video aims for the utmost clarity with a split-screen setup and shots from multiple angles, enabling players to perfect their finger placement without so much as a dollop of superglue. The academy also supplements its classes with resources such as tabs and helpful diagrams.
Since 1997, King's Music has served as a hotspot for budding and established musicians, offering rentals, repairs, and equipment. The shop offers a variety of brass- and wind-instrument rentals for school students taking band, and also buys and sells used instruments. They also hold a large selection of sheet music ranging from movie themes, to jazz, to essential rock, and also carry a plethora of accessories and instruments such as guitars and drums.
A quick glance at Vashti Fairbairn’s resume is telling. At local theatre company Fighting Chance Productions, she has directed the critically lauded Little Shop of Horrors and The Mystery of Edwin Drood, both of which magically combine music with dramatic arts. At her own Music Box Music and Theatre Academy, Fairbairn, along with a team of dedicated teachers, does the exact same thing on a daily basis. Children’s group classes give little ones as young as 6 months old a chance to strut their stuff on the dance floor, belt out their favourite show tunes, and learn to tickle the ivories like a seasoned elephant sitter. Private lessons are open to adults as well, and expand the instrumental scope to include strings, music theory, and the speaking arts. The latter comes in handy during the school’s drama clubs, which teach kids 3 years and older how to use their imaginations to create real-life and fantasy scenarios. Outside of their educational programs, the facility entertains visitors to the River Market with free music and theatre performances in the Music Box Presents series.
An associate of the Royal Conservatory of Toronto, Victoria Warfield has dedicated her life to music. Experienced in performing as a concert pianist and directing choirs, Victoria also offers private lessons that tutor music-makers as young as 3 years old in specialized Parent & Tot sessions. Older students can tailor their efforts toward the Royal Conservatory of Toronto examinations or veer into pop or jazz styles. Adult lessons shake off rust from years of neglect or fruitless attempts of practicing the flute on a hollow churro to give students a new artistic outlet during classes that focus on music appreciation.
Cadenza Music offers a massive selection of books and resources for beginner and advanced musicians. Students looking to enhance their repertoire can find solace in private and group lessons in piano, voice, harmony, and rudiments. Books and materials divulge information on violin techniques, guitar methods, and ukuleles, alongside CDs and reference books.