Astudia Dance World embraces all types of music—even kinds that haven't been written yet. Their Jam class trades order for on-the-spot creativity, encouraging students of any instrument to show up and practice the art of improvisation. It's a far cry from the more structured TRAC class (which stands for theory, reading, arranging, and composing), but both offerings celebrate creativity under the supervision of expert instructors.
Directed by Jane Maurer and William Blair, this team helps pupils of all ages explore the wide and varied world of music and dance. Their lessons cover classical styles such as jazz, tap, and ballet in addition to acrobatics, hip-hop, and musical theater, wherein every actor is required to carry a tuba. Meanwhile, instrument classes focus on the piano, guitar, or drums. All of these skills come together in recital performances, where parents can witness their children's progress and cheer them on.
When Joan Barnes founded Gymboree Play & Music in 1976, she envisioned a facility where parents and children could play together in a safe and age-appropriate environment. In the following decades, Gymboree Play & Music spread to more than 30 countries across the globe, helping youngsters from infants to 5 years old develop cognitive, physical, and social skills. The company's instructors lead classes such as Play & Learn, its flagship course, in which parents and kids move through a seven-level program filled with storytelling, play activities, and debates on the merits of sandwich crust. Talented staffers also prep youngsters for school and foster development in areas such as music, art, and sports. Throughout all classes, they make use of custom play equipment designed by acclaimed playground designer and seesaw-tamer Jay Beckwith.
Family Music Centers bolsters beginning Bachs with supportive and nurturing tutelage in a wide variety of melodious mechanisms. One of more than 50 qualified music masters will lend their skill and experience to enhancing your harmonious abilities, in one of their more than 20 private studios. Bring a guitar, saxophone, flute, or collection of wet-rimmed glassware to understand the scales and subtleties held within. Four consecutive weeks of classes will lay a solid base to build upon, until eventually you're ready to perform ?Three Blind Mice? with the New York Philharmonic. Family Music Centers provides pianos for potential key mashers, while other instruments can be rented at the center for an additional fee.
RockStar Guitar's certified instructors provide private, one-on-one lessons in rock guitar, classical guitar, or any other genre that's playable on six strings. The expert musicians also teach at all levels of expertise. For beginners, they cover basic skills such as chords and scale patterns. They take advanced students farther down the guitar's sound hole, delving into music theory and the dark messages heard when playing ?Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star? backwards. For anyone looking to get out of the house, the instructors can host sessions at their own home-based studios.
Before Grace Kelly was an Academy Award–winning actress and princess, she was one of John Robert Powers’ original models. The veteran school—a go-to training ground for the entertainment industry since its inception in 1923—has shaped many of the world’s most successful performers, such as legendary funny woman Lucille Ball, Autobot whisperer Josh Duhamel, and singer Diana Ross. Established by its titular founder, who stressed the importance of being natural when presenting oneself, John Robert Powers Las Vegas trains students in all areas of the entertainment industry, whether their goal is to attain superstardom or become the block’s most sought-after birthday clown.
A patient team of musical linguists teaches students to translate the gobbledygook of quarter notes and treble clefs into melodious poetry in 45-minute weekly sessions. Piano lessons guide groups of no more than six through the murky waters of theory, utilizing the trusted Mayron Cole Piano Method as a reference map. Beginners start out with the fundamentals of rhythmic reading and keyboard geography on a studio piano, and intermediate students learn compound rhythm and atonal audience antagonism. Guitar students learn to pluck strings with panache in a class that covers the basics of theory and proper maintenance before advancing on to face-melting chord progressions. An easy-to-follow format allows impatient rockers to play popular power ballads right away. Three levels of voice lessons levels coax beautiful harmonies from untrained esophagi, with tone-enhancing techniques for breath support and pitch matching practiced in a supportive environment.