Brass instruments range from large sousaphones to small bugles. Brass instruments have a certain authoritative characteristic synonymous with a marching band or school pep band. However, they can also be found in very intimate settings as well such as jazz quartets.
There are two main type of brass instruments, valved such as the trumpet and slide such as the trombone. The techniques used and the type of mouth piece are very similar among all brass instruments and therefore it is common to find brass players well versed in several brass instruments.
There are many different types of brass instruments but by far, the most popular brass instrument requests we get are for the trumpet and trombone. If you’re interested in learning any brass instrument, give us a call and we can check if our current brass instructors offer lessons beyond trumpet or trombone.
If you’re looking to improve your skills to get ahead in the school concert or marching band, looking to join or further explore a jazz band or are pursuing music performance for collage, look no further, our staff of brass instructors will guide you to leading the band.
The cello is mostly utilized in a classical setting whether in an orchestra or string quartet. However, it is also known for virtuoso performances by the amazing cellist Yo-Yo Ma showing that it can be diverse when put in the hands of the ambitious performer.
Our string instructors will show beginning cellist how to play notes to pitch and bowing techniques.
String instruments have been around for centuries. The most notable string instrument is the violin, but let’s not forget the other members of the string family, viola, cello and double bass. Known for their use of a bow to play them, string instruments can also be plucked with the player’s fingers depending on the desired sound.
We offer lessons on all string instruments. Inquire today to learn more.
The most notable fretted instrument is by far the guitar. 6 strings and your rocking away. However, there are many other fretted instruments out there. Some featured in specific styles of music such as jazz or country, others more rock focused. In recent times, it seems all styles of music pull inspiration from others so it’s not uncommon to find a banjo in a rock band or mandolin in a jazz band. We can cater to students looking to play a specific instrument whether for its tonal characteristics or for the genre of music it is commonly associated with. See our full list of fretted instruments we offer lessons in below.
Drums, they can either be awesome and grooving or just plain loud and annoying. We want you to sound awesome and grooving and so do your friends and family. Our drum instructors take some of the misconceptions of drumming and bring you back into a realm of musicality while still keeping that rock star drummer appeal in tact. Focusing on proper technique to prevent injuries while enabling a higher level of freedom to perform everything from a soft rock beat to a massive drum solo. You want to not only look good playing, but sound good too!
Drumming is generally the backbone to all music with other instruments relying on the drummer to keep an accurate time and feel. Therefore, rhythm studies among many other aspects of music is a vital area of focus for all drum and percussion students. We cover all the essential drum beats and fills in preparation to play your favorite songs. We touch on many genres of music from rock, pop, metal, funk, jazz, blues and more to ensure your drumming is well rounded and pulls inspiration from multiple sources. And of course, we cover your specific interests along the way.
We have various curriculums well suited for the absolute beginner from a young child through an adult and more advanced curriculums for players seeking to play with bands or audition to colleges. We can teach not only teach drum set, but also snare drum performance and rudiment work for a focus in marching percussion or symphonic band percussion.
The infamous trombone, known for its long slide to change pitch is a marching band favorite. Not to mention many early television and film studios used the effects of the trombone’s slide to create sounds to add context to either the comedy sketches or depth to solemn moments. The trombone is still a popular brass instrument to play today and can be found featured in marching bands and big band jazz ensembles.
Our brass instructors will focus on providing a great understanding of rhythm and pitch. Brass instruments in particular require development of great pitch as the pitches come largely from your embouchure or the way your lips, mouth and tongue make contact with the mouth piece. Since trombones use a slide, even more attention to detail on pitch is necessary.