Be it a house party, a wedding, or a prom, Ramundo Andrews, a.k.a. Deejay Mythikal, is ready to plug in his laptop, turn on the mixer, and crank up a variety of tunes to fit the scene. He soundtracks parties with new and old school tracks in a range of genres such as rap, soul, and disco. Though he's been playing records for five years, Deejay Mythikal's musical experience dates back to high school where he first began to play in local bands. Since then, he's delved into musical production, sound engineering, and song composition.
Music lessons cultivate creative talents that may otherwise lie dormant. The instructors at Live Music Academy tap into that potential in each student and nurture it through lessons, even if the pupil only performs as a hobby. Private lessons focus on instruments such as drums, piano, and voice, whereas group classes teach music theory, and group training can help entire choirs perfect their harmonies.
Signature service: Recreational Live Band Opportunities.
Staff Size: 2–10 people
Pro Tip: If you can play songs you hear on the radio, you can play them with a band. Some coaching available.
Flung from the concert stage by the drummer of T-Rex, a single drumstick caught by eighth grader Donn Bennett began a lifelong passion for collecting rare and celebrity drum sets. He began selling and trading equipment from his home, and eventually his constantly expanding collection prompted him to open his own shop in 1977. Today, as recorded by King 5 Magazine, more than 50 signed snares hang from the store's ceiling above a show room circled by 15 sets previously used by drummers from bands such as Green Day, Aerosmith, Kansas, and Cheap Trick. Snares played by The Who's Keith Moon and Kiss' Peter Criss, a signed drumhead by The Beatles' Ringo Starr, and feline whiskers fashioned into drumsticks by Josie and the Pussycats round out Donn's extensive exhibit.
Along with the displayed celeb drums, Donn dispenses new and used drum gear to customers along with vintage snare parts and major-brand replacement parts for sets in need of repair. Stocked with two professional drum sets and a Roland electronic drum tutor, soundproof learning rooms shelter pupils and instructors during private 30- or 60-minute lessons for all skill levels. Along with annual rock camps and clinics, Donn's staff leads specialized classes in diverse drumming topics such as mastering the techniques of Led Zeppelin's John Bonham and the cymbal-smacking techniques of Animal from the Muppets.
What services does your business offer and what makes your business stand out from the competition?
Our instructors are all professional musicians who are dedicated to their craft and have years of teaching and performing experience.
We offer lessons that are tailored to the student's musical interest, goals and skill levels.
We don't require annual or quarterly contracts.
Do you provide any materials? What should your students expect to bring?
We provide the students with all course materials, such as guitar method books and guitar tab notebooks.
Each registered student will receive a free tote bag. We have instruments, tuner and plectrum,
that students can use for their lessons.
We suggest students bring their own instrument to class.
What was the inspiration to start or run this business?
Most people nowadays are too preoccupied with academics, sports or their jobs. We want to offer people of all ages the opportunity to take a break from the daily grind and stimulate their artistry and creativity through learning to play a musical instrument and create music of their own.
What do you love most about your job?
To see a student's continuing growth and progress in his/her skill at playing a musical instrument, and the pride and joy that it brings to the parent(s) when learning of their children's accomplishments.