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Trumpet

Known for everything from playing taps to leading the high energy of a ska band, the trumpet is the most popular brass instrument. Also well known for being used in marching bands, drum corps, jazz ensembles and jazz soloists such are Miles Davis. The trumpet is very versatile in terms of music genres and commonly found as additions to rock or pop bands.

The trumpet utilizes three valves to assist with controlling pitch. As with all brass instruments, the embouchure is essential to play proper, consistent pitches and staying in key on the trumpet. Our instructors will take much time and care to ensure you develop a good embouchure while taking trumpet lessons.

Whether you want to improve you seat position in the school band, join a jazz ensemble or get involved with a ska/rock/pop band our brass instructors will guide you in the right direction.

Upright Bass

The upright bass or also known as the double bass, is one string instrument that has superseded its popularity as a orchestra staple to being more known or even expected in jazz and bluegrass music. The double bass still serves an important role in orchestras whether from classical music or film scores (everyone’s familiar with the sound of Jaws where the upright bass is featured). Upright bassists typically will traverse genres and may even pick up the electric bass to further diversify their skills. Since there are no frets, many advanced electric bass players may opt to learn the upright bass to gain the skill of improved pitch or bowing.

Our Upright Bass instructors provide a solid curriculum for students of all levels to follow along, gaining musicianship combined with advances techniques along the way no matter which genres they focus on.

Viola

Commonly referred to simply as a larger violin, the viola basically is just that. It looks much like a violin and played the same, but larger in size making deeper tones. The larger size can make it more difficult for some beginners over the violin. Players tend to choose the viola over the violin because the prefer the deeper slightly lower register of the viola over the violin. The viola is commonly used in orchestras or string quartets in conjunction with other string instruments to provide the voicing required of the music or composer.

Due to their similarities, much of the same concepts taught by our instructors on violin carry over to the viola such as good posture and recognition of pitches.

Violin

The highest register of the string instrument family, the violin produces almost glass like pure tones that almost sing to you, but can also get gritty and rustic. Well known for being a classical instrument for its place in orchestras, the violin has a dual identity as the fiddle. Really the violin and fiddle are all the one in the same, but classical musician tend to use the name violin and bluegrass or rock musicians may use the name fiddle.

Our string instructors will assist beginners on producing the correct pitches while playing, a critical component to playing the violin or any string instruments for that matter. Proper technique and posture are enforced through-out the lessons for students of all levels. String instruments, especially the violin for its size and how it is held, depend on good posture to play well.

Ukulele

We used to think of hula dancers and grass skirts on the Hawaiian beaches when we thought of the ukulele, but in recent years the uke has become a pop sensation. The ukulele is a fairly new instrument only originating in Hawaii at the turn of the 19th century. Artists such as Roy Smeck and Tiny Tin made head way with the ukulele, but the Hawaiian native Israel Kamakawiwoʻole’s renditions of famous songs such as Somewhere Over The Rainbow brought more popularity to the uke in the 90s and 2000s. Contemporary original artists such as Ingrid Michelson and Vance Joy created more popularity and today many YouTube musicians have brought even more popularity to the ukulele and is currently a very popular instrument to learn.

Due to its simplicity, the ukulele is quick to learn in comparison to other fretted instruments. However, there’s still plenty of direction to provide students on the ukulele in terms of rhythm, and proper technique for optimal performance. We commonly see students start on the uke because they love the sound of it, but eventually move on to other instruments. It’s a great starter instrument. We also see many students of other instruments doubling up and taking ukulele lessons in addition to their main instrument.

The ukulele is simply a fun, small and inexpensive instrument that is very accessible to the non-musically trained and quick for those with prior music training to pick up.

Mandolin

The mandolin has a unique sound made possible by it’s high register and doubled strings. Having 8 strings, but played as it if as 4, each note you play is doubled giving a similar sound to a 12-string guitar. Most commonly known for its use in Bluegrass, it’s also popular in Country, Jazz and even American Classic Rock. The mandolin typically bounces back and forth between a rhythm role supporting the drummer and bassist with “chop” chords in Bluegrass to lead licks featured in “Maggie May”.

Banjo

The banjo most notably is a 5 string fretted instrument, but can also come in a 4 string or even 6 string variety. However, its most stand out feature is the drum like banjo head acting as a sound board for the bridge of the strings to vibrate on, providing its very characteristic twang sound. From Bluegrass to Jazz and even Rock and Fusion, the banjo is a fun instrument to play. We’ll teach you those infamous banjo roll picking techniques to go along with the unique voicing of this instrument.

Bass Guitar

We know you’re thinking it so we’ll get it out of the way, “slappin da bass mon.” We assure you, there’s more to the electric bass guitar than simply slapping it. And whether you want to learn some grooving slap funk bass lines or prefer more of that heavy rock sound we can get you there. Serving a similar role as the drums, and combined we typically refer to the drums and bass as the rhythm section in many styles of music, having great timing is largely important and focused on in bass lessons. Known for its simple yet iconic 4 string design, 5 and 6 string basses are also fairly common, pushing the bass to have a wider range of pitch possibilities.

Bass lessons are centered around creating a good foundation in rhythm and harmony. A focus on genres would be Rock, Pop, Funk, Latin, Jazz and Blues where the bass is most notably used giving students a well rounded learning experience. Whether you’re just starting out or need more advanced bass instruction to improve your sound and technique we have the staff to help you out.

Guitar

Since its explosion in popularity when electric guitars were notably used by great artists such as Elvis or The Beatles, and on into the Classic Rock era of the 70s and 80s everyone loves the guitar. From it’s beautiful and calming sounds of an acoustic guitar to its high gain squealing electric guitar solos there’s inspiration for almost anyone to find in the various iterations and uses of the guitar.

Our guitar curriculum ensures you’ll be prepared to play and read music for nearly any genre as you progress through our levels. We start with the basics of rhythms and melodies, moving on to chords and eventually advances techniques and soloing. You’ll gain experience in Rock, Pop, Blues, Jazz and even Country. Whatever your favorite band or musician is we’ll cover the essentials to bring their songs within your reach.

Looking for something more delicate? No problem, we have magnificent classical guitar teachers as well.

Piano

​Our piano teachers teach a variety of styles from classical to popular music. Whether you want to learn a classical sonatina, rock chords, or popular sheet music, our teachers are happy to help you become the pianist you want to be. Our piano faculty will show you the fundamentals of sight reading, technique and theory, but they will also incorporate your favorite songs into your lessons. Our piano teachers have warm personalities and enjoy sharing their love for the piano with you.

It is ideal if you do have a piano at home before starting lessons, but you can start lessons with our piano teachers by using an electric keyboard to practice on. Most of our students rent or buy small electric keyboards practice on at home. We recommend a keyboard that has regular sized keys and a touch sensitive response. A touch sensitive keyboard means if you press a key harder it will play louder and if you press a key softer it will play quieter.