In 1998, School of Rock's first location was built in Philadelphia to strengthen students' self-confidence, develop their musicianship, and most importantly, spark an insatiable enthusiasm to learn. Today, the School of Rock franchise has branched out to more than 65 locations throughout the United States and Mexico. During the school's music lessons, encouraging instructors well versed in methods of rocking and rolling?such as strumming guitars, tickling keyboards, and causing avalanches with yodels?demystify music theory for mini Mick Jaggers of all skill levels.
School of Rock's Rock 101 program acquaints beginners with the instrument of their choice using a curriculum of weekly private lessons and group band rehearsals. Virtuosos ready to hit the stage can participate in the performance program, which prepares students for live performances that pay homage to beloved rock icons such as Queen, Led Zeppelin, and Mount Rushmore.
When Maggie Carchrie voyaged to Cape Breton Island in Nova Scotia, she hardly expected to discover a passion that would win her the U.S. Mòd Women's Championship in Gaelic Singing two years later. She was immediately enchanted by the traditional music of the region, planning her future travels around the areas of Cape Breton and Scotland and diving headfirst into the Celtic culture. With a college degree in music therapy and a resume that boasts subsequent studies at the Ceòlas Music School, she built a foundation for a life filled with award-winning Celtic performance and education. She lays claim to two albums, books several East Coast showcases throughout the year, and furthers the reach of Celtic stylings through the concerts and CDs of Mermaid Productions.
Maggie draws from all of these experiences to act as director of the Callanish School of Celtic Arts. There, she instructs students of all ages in music, dance, and lyrical language, managing a non-competitive venue for guests to experiment with age-old harmonies and master a brogue without having to install a second tongue. From the high-stepping choreography of Scottish Highland Dance to the signature keening of the bagpipe, she outlines several levels of melodic techniques, all of which are steeped in rich history.
Most Popular Service: Lessons for all instruments and any style.
Staff Size: 2–10 people
Average Duration of Services: 30–60 minutes
Brands Used: Steinway, Yamaha, Petrof, Kawai, Conn-Selmer, Ludwig, Bach
Pro Tip: Students must be able to know and recognize letters and numbers up to 10, and have an attention span of 15–20 minutes.
Instrumental guitarist Tom Kopyto is the musical energy source that powers Tom Kopyto Music Lesson Studios. Following a teaching method that blends technique, theory, and performance, Tom and several other instructors pass down the art of rock—not only to guitarists following in Kopyto’s footsteps, but also to drummers, pianists, and singers. Students begin playing their favorite tunes as soon as possible in the speedy programs, which focus more on achieving concrete results than exploring the difference between a piano and a burning piano.
Scott LaFlamme of LMI Studio passes down more than 20 years of music-industry experience through instrument lessons, songwriting and composition classes, and studio sessions. Aspiring musicians of all levels can take lessons in guitar, bass, drums, piano, and vocals.
Marx Entertainment founder Mark Ashe helped transform the role of the disc jockey in party culture since performing at a nightclub in 1979. For the past 30 years, Ashe built out the Marx group with a cadre of award-winning DJs, camera operators, and casino dealers that can upgrade any mere shindig into an extravaganza. Weddings, corporate parties, mitzvahs, and school events all harness Marx production services to make soirees more exhilarating than a game of Pin the Laser Tail on the Ice Sculpture.