In 2005, The Drum Lab became Sacramento’s first and only school of drumming. Since then, the Rocklin destination hasn’t skipped a beat in its mission to elevate the standards of musical education. Voted one of the Best Places to Learn to Play Music by CBS Sacramento and the 2012 winner of Best Music Instruction from the KCRA 3 A-List, the school fuels students with the technical know-how and confidence to master their favorite songs, then instills them with the desire to expand their musical horizons.
Based upon stylistic preference, students are paired with one of The Drum Lab’s gifted instructors, who specialize in genres that include rock, jazz, R & B, hip-hop, Latin, and gospel. Once a week, in 30-minute sessions, future John Bonhams and lil’ Gene Krupas learn to play in synchronicity with their instructor in acoustically crisp lab rooms fitted with two drum kits and a playback system with headphones. The school encourages students to beat their way out of comfort zones by periodically switching genres and instructors, helping them develop a comprehensive knowledge of drumming techniques and easing the nerves of insomniac rock drummers who fear waking up in a jazz quartet.
One Stop Guitar instructors believe that learning the instrument should be fun and stress-free, so they cultivate a relaxed environment for their students as they begin or continue their musical journey. During lessons tailored toward helping each student reach their personal musical goals, six-string masters cover topics vital to blues, jazz, rock, metal, and pop. In addition to covering playing mechanics, the instructors can also offer their advice in songwriting, the music industry, and preparing for live shows, as well as discreetly swapping one?s guitar for a paper-mache replica before emphatically smashing it.
Fascinating Rhythm's extensively trained dance teachers and former dancers corral students of all ages and skill levels into groups of 25 to 30 and then clear the cobwebs from unused toes with a full spectrum of classes. Two-year-olds in the Be-Bop Ballet Babies class bundle their energy into pli?s, tendus, hopping, turning, and respectfully debating the superiority of Petipa's Don Quixote adaptation, all to the accompaniment of a spritely soundtrack. Flocks of less little ones (ages 3?5 and 6?9) migrate toward Happy Feet classes to dip toes into the foundation steps of ballet, jazz, and tap. So You Think You Can Dance spices up gyrating jives with hip-hop, hard- and soft-shoe Irish, and modern dance techniques for ages 6?13, and Reno Glee pipes in pop and rock vocal training on top of choreography, similar to the hit TV series The Deadliest Catch. Fascinating Rhythm also tailors classes to special-needs dancers, which focus on coordination and basic skills such as skipping, hopping, leaping, and balancing.
Musician Tim Lake has been playing music for 25 years. During lessons held at the Muzic Fuze store, Tim Lake helps students of all ages and experience levels express themselves instrumentally. Sight-reading, ear-training, and music theory are a few areas of specialty. As an added convenience, Tim keeps extra guitars in his studio for students who'd rather not lug around their own.
The team at Lynn Greene Photography has been snapping shots together since 2006—long enough to know that the most important part of their job is, by a happy coincidence, also the most fun. Each session begins with some lighthearted goofing around, establishing a playful tone that helps most people strike a relaxed pose. Their clients range from families to high-school seniors to sexy boudoir models, and they never fail to elicit a natural smile from any of the above. That said, they know when to get serious. They often help out corporate professionals looking for business headshots to separate them from the pack.
Immediately after holding an in-studio or outdoor session, clients are invited to preview their images at the studio. While there, they can decide which pictures to preserve as prints, in coffee-table books, or on fake dollar bills.
McLaughlin Studios employs a team of professional performing artists to teach private and group lessons in instrumental music, dance, and musical theater. Private music lessons further an individual's proficiency in pop, jazz, rock, classical, and show-tunes styles, whereas group sessions encourage cohesive learning for bands and ensembles prepping for three annual recitals. Adept dancers help protégés progress at their own pace as they learn complex steps and how to dodge tossed rose bouquets with creative movement, ballet, strength training, and modern dance-fusion styles.
Started just a year ago, the McLaughlin Theatre Company gathers youth performers for independent productions at the MTC Playhouse. Young thespians hone their on-stage and auditioning skills in acting classes, which serve as more secure steps toward performing in Broadway musicals than thumb-wrestling matches with Andrew Lloyd Weber.