More than 10,000 students. That’s how many aspiring guitarists instructor Eric Mantel—an artist on three-time Grammy winner Steve Vai's Digital Nations record label—has reached since he began teaching in 1979. His guitar lessons cover a broad range of strumming techniques, from picking and finger rolling to trilling and vibrato. And to inspire his students, Eric pulls from the repertoire of guitar greats such as Eddie Van Halen and Eric Clapton.
Today, the School of Rock franchise has branched out to more than 100 locations throughout the United States, Mexico, and Brazil with recent openings in Canada, The Philippines, Chile, United Kingdom, and Australia. During the school's music lessons, encouraging instructors well versed in methods of rocking and rolling teach guitar, bass, vocals, keyboards, and drums to students of all skill levels. Believing that the best way to learn music is to play music, School of Rock gets students playing music as quickly as possible. This immersive, performance-based teaching method inspires students to do their best. School of Rock's Rock 101 program acquaints all students—beginners and experienced musicians alike—with the instrument of their choice using a curriculum of weekly private lessons and group band rehearsals which prepares students for live performances.
Mike Semerau and the instructors at Chicago's #1 Drum Lessons have a trick up their sleeve. In addition to in-person tutelage, they provide professional pre-recorded take-home videos of proper drumming techniques for students to refer to while practicing. This kind of constant visualization and repetitive watching is what the instructors claim makes their students so successful as they drill new techniques such as double bass, ostinatos, and stick control. During lessons, teachers also cover subjects such as soloing, learning a student’s favorite song, creating original beats and fills, and teaching yourself. Chicago's #1 Drum Lessons has a play-along machine stacked with more than 1,000 songs, all of which have no drum track so that students can provide their own percussion and experience the sensation of playing and keeping time with other instruments.
The owners of Evolution Music have been a fixture in Chicago's music scene for years. They've operated several music venues, recorded albums for area bands, and organized concerts for more than 5,000 local and national acts. At their Orland Park studio, they help musicians of all experiences to develop their skills with guitar, bass, piano, and drum lessons. Visitors can also peruse instruments in an onsite shop or schedule an appointment in the onsite recording studio.
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