Justin Ashouri got a fast start in the music industry. He’s been a musician since the age of 5, and at 15 he began a professional career that would link him to such big-time acts as Prince, Lenny Kravitz, and The Kingsmen. At 18, frustrated with his instructors and their insistence on only teaching him how to play “MacArthur Park,” he began to lead his own lessons. Today, nearly a decade later, his professional and pedagogical gigs intertwine at Peace of Mind Music Lessons, where he both instructs and performs 10 different instruments. These range from the acoustic guitar to the piano, harmonica, and trumpet. He also teaches behind-the-scenes arts such as songwriting, classical composition, and using Pro Tools.
Anthem Music Lessons is the brainchild of two passionate rockers: Phil Ernst, a Musicians Institute of Technology grad and professional guitarist, and his protégé, Jared Canchola. Along with a staff of other touring and professional musicians, they lead lessons for students of all abilities in a variety of instruments, including guitar, bass, voice, piano, drums, strings, brass, and music theory. They tailor each lesson to the individual’s skill level, emphasizing proper musicianship and music creation. For more advanced students, they conduct band programs that involve weekly rehearsals with an instructor and provided music charts.
A piano player since age 5, Julie Gunvalson has been sharing her skills with others through private lessons since 2001. At Piano By Julie, she and co-instructor Nick Petrillo lead lessons in piano, guitar, and voice for students of all ages. They also guide students through music-theory study and help them prepare for performances, including two recitals per year through her studio.
Vocal coach Kelly Gabel has a decade of experience singing alongside her students, from serving as a director of musical shows to a teacher in elementary schools or as a private coach at KD Vocals. Kelly helps singers 7 and older prepare their talents for auditions and musical productions and to simply build their repertoire.
At Piano4Everyone, a music school founded by accomplished concert pianist Dr. Katya Gliadkovsky, students learn to play the piano in interactive group classes. Sight-reading and ear-training are just two of the skills that players learn. As an added benefit, students can access the studio's instruments to practice outside of class hours.
Relevé's team of talented instructors strives to foster students’ self-confidence and hone their technical skills in a full spectrum of dance styles, from basic ballet to ballroom dance. Bambinos and bambinas ages 2–4 can rev their brand-new motor skills in a 45-minute class that teaches basic ballet positions and social skills, such as waiting their turn to riding the studio's elephant, while Latin ballroom lessons help teens ignite the prom dance floor with tango, waltz, and salsa steps. See Relevé’s schedule for full details.