Let There Be Rock School disproves the cynical idiom, "Those who can, do; those who can't, teach." with instructors who are working rock musicians. All of them are well-versed in performance and eager to coach young, aspiring stars. During weekly one-on-one lessons, they help students with their playing and stage presence, preparing them for the school's version of a recital: a concert at a local music venue.
Their mentorship is only one part of the curriculum, however. After being sorted into a band, students rehearse and jam with their teammates under the guidance of a band manager. When they aren't working on their songs, they retire to the Rock Lounge, where members can watch movies and study Pete Townshend's windmill technique in super slow-motion.
Kids can sign up for one of two Let There Be Rock School programs. The All Access Lesson Program is meant for beginning musicians, and familiarizes them with an instrument. More advanced students enroll in the VIP All Access Performance program, which focuses on music theory and includes band practice.
Andrew Waldron first began giving freelance guitar lessons in 1992. More than 25 years later, he's still traveling to clients' homes to teach a wide range of styles, including rock, heavy metal, blues, jazz, and classical. With a specialization in the latter of those, he can play at weddings to set the mood or lure out brides who have taken up hiding inside the wedding cake.
Showcasing their tonal talents from the Washington D.C. area to their latest Houston-area locale, the staff of Just Rock Enterprises helps guests live their musical dreams by offering private lessons in voice, piano, stage choreography, and songwriting. Instructors customize lessons to fit each student’s needs, offering unique ways of imparting knowledge such as conducting lessons via Skype or by corralling several interested parties into small-group summer camps.
For more than a decade, Middle C Music has equipped songcrafters with the instruments and expertise needed to articulate their own sonic expressions. Racks of guitars and ukuleles hang from the shop’s walls, along with accessories such as sheet music, songbooks, and extra sets of limbs for playing double guitars. Orchestral instruments by the likes of Bach, Jupiter, and Cannonball are available for purchase or month-by-month rentals. The shop also curates a team of musical experts of various disciplines for weekly lessons and Rock Band camps, where kids spend five days learning to play as an ensemble and spin their own interpretations of rock classics.
"Learning to play music should be fun" states Bach to Rock's philosophy. "It's called play for a reason." This warm, inviting spirit permeates everywhere students work individually or in groups with seasoned players to improve their skills in guitar, voice, drums, piano, keyboard, and even in turntables. They then put their musicianship to practical use in extended jam sessions, learning how to be expressive and glue their instrument back together after smashing it. Once pupils have progressed to a professional level, they can check out Bach to Rock's professional recording studio, which are open to artists who want to lay down tracks for an album or fine-tune their already-existing songs.
A Chat with Fiori's Piano Studio
What services does your business offer and what makes your business stand out from the competition?
I provide well-rounded instruction so that from day one my students build a strong foundation in music theory, sight reading, ear training, technique, rhythm, expression, performance, practice, and music appreciation.
Do you provide any materials? What should your students expect to bring?
For the first four lessons, I provide all lesson materials including sheet music, flash cards, staff paper, etc. All you need is a piano!
What was the inspiration to start or run this business?
I believe that learning to play an instrument has a multitude of benefits for the growing mind beyond just playing the instrument, including developing problem-solving skills, attention to detail, fine-motor skills, hand-eye coordination, listening skills, focus, discipline, motivation, and confidence.
What do you love most about your job?
Finding that spark in my students that incites a love for music that encourages them to learn and work hard. Most importantly, my students and I have a lot of fun!