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.
Even as a tyke, Jonathan Pharr couldn't be torn away from thrashing on his drum set. Later, he picked up guitar and bass, and from there it was off to the races. For him, teaching ranks pretty high on his ever-expanding list of musical passions. As owner and director of his eponymous music school, he oversees a staff of certified instructors, each of whom bring their own unique musical skills, experiences, and backstories to their teaching. The result is a welcoming environment where everyone from toddlers to toddlers who have aged significantly go wild on the drums, guitar, bass, piano, and violin or learn how to control their vocals and expand their singing range while reaping the lifelong benefits of exposure to music.
Brazilian-born Larissa Mulligan began playing piano at the age of five, quickly developing a passion for the instrument. That passion lasted beyond childhood: she later graduated from the Brazilian Conservatory of Music in Rio de Janeiro and went on to teach and perform professionally in Brazil, Mexico, and the United States. At LM Music studio, she works to spark students’ interest in musical expression with private and group lessons that incorporate fun activities to deepen understanding of rhythm and other musical concepts. She also uses music to turn monolingual tots into little polyglots in her Music and Language classes, which improve piano skills as well as aptitude in Spanish, Portuguese, or English.
One of the world's leading producers of music and movement programs for children, Kindermusik by Love and Grow Music Studio runs classes and camps that children participate in with the support of their parents. Wee ones from newborns to 7-year-olds learn to sing, dance, and even play an instrument or two, and available take-home materials, such as song books and CDs, enable education to continue at home. Regularly scheduled playdates provide an excellent trial lesson, and with a group of at least six parent-child duos, groups can arrange their own musical party with a theme of their choice, revolving around anything from numbers to the intricacies of particle physics.
Not many people discover their life's calling by the age of 12, but guitar teacher James Gabriano did. Now well-versed in multiple styles of music, he started with classical-guitar lessons as a child evolved into serious music study at the University of North Texas, where he honed his chops in the classical- and jazz-guitar curriculums. James's career would eventually lead him to play for music greats such as Aretha Franklin and Kenny G and to share his talent and love of music with local children. During guitar lessons, he teaches students how to develop their skills and how to make their guitars sing, from the first chord to the last stage smash.