With eclectic backgrounds in ballet, Scottish Highland dancing, and environmental law, California Arts Academy co-owners and directors Julie Ann Keller and Christopher Campbell bring their students their own distinctive expertise and worldviews. Backed by a cadre of instructors, the duo strives to create a space where kids can freely express themselves through gymnastics and musical theater and can elaborate tap-dance routines that summon the ghost of Fred Astaire. California Arts Academy was also named Favorite for Children's Dance Classes, Art Classes, and Live Theater by the readers of the Central California Parent Magazine 2012-2014. Not content to just offer classes, Keller and Campbell hold semiannual auditions for their performances.
An authorized Yamaha Music School, Valley Music Center's instructors illuminate students young and old—from beginners to highly advanced players. Drawing upon methods developed in Japan more than 50 years ago, Valley Music Center's teachers employ a curriculum that combines ear training with singing, playing, reading, and creating music. With this multifaceted approach to music, they strive to teach students of all ages not only how to play piano, guitar, flute, clarinet, or French horn but also how to cultivate a genuine love for what they’re playing. In addition to offering private lessons, they helm group lessons where students can learn from their peers. Students then have the opportunity to showcase their newfound skills during friendly recitals or settle disputes using the age-old method of pianos at dawn.
Hidden beneath the guise of games and fun activities, hearty doses of musical education lurk within each piano lesson Donna McGlasson teaches. At her studio, Tickle the Ivories, she guides students aged 5 and older through a comprehensive understanding of traditional piano theory, including note reading and proper technique. For adults, she’s also glad to build a course of instruction around learning to play by ear. A carefully selected syllabus of handouts, books, and other learning materials enhances her instruction and help students continue learning on their own after heading home or sneaking on stage at an Elton John concert. In addition to her weekly lessons, McGlasson organizes a recital to showcase the progress of her protégés.
Over the past two decades, Melody Hues has worn many educational hats, hosting piano, violin, band, and choir lessons and teaching in both Spanish and English at the elementary, junior high, and high school levels. At Melody Hues Studios, she and her staff help pass creative and communication skills along to a new generation with piano, violin, and voice lessons for children and Spanish lessons for students of all ages. Kids learn to read musical notation and play songs by ear using provided keyboards in piano lessons. During voice classes, students develop breath control and confidence that help improve tone, whether they're singing in front of a crowd or directly into a big bowl of pudding.
title: The Voice Shop
html_text: 'Since 1998, The Voice Shop has paired students with seasoned music
instructors for one-on-one lessons held in the center of Fresno''s historic Tower
District. Those instructors draw from a wide range of experience: some have recorded
music for feature films and video games, and others sing alongside classical symphony
orchestras. The school tailors lesson plans to fit each student''s interests and
will even provide recording services or help organize performances. '
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