Drum Lessons

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Drum Lessons

The Academy of Music and Fine Arts invites you to discover and explore the rhythms and traditions of world cultures in a supportive learning environment that engages you in self-discovery and learning through experience. Our drum instructors take care to impart the language, lifestyle, and learning modes associated with their instrument and repertoire. Learn the fundmentals of drumming through:

reading music

Knowing how to read traditional music notation greatly increases your understanding of how rhythm works whether you are reading sheet music or playing by ear.

proper technique

Proper technique is extremely important as it not only enables you to play the music more easily or without struggling, but it also helps prevent repetitive motion injuries such as tendonitis or carpel tunnel syndrome.

hand/foor corrdination

Independence of all 4 limbs is an essential skill for drum set players to be able to play their parts smoothly and effectively, especially if the music has more complex rhythms. You will learn many effective warm up and exercise routines to develop these skills. 

keeping a steady rythm

Mastering the ability to play rhythms and transitions in music without speeding up or slowing down is one of the most important jobs that a drummer has. 

learning to play by ear

Learning a drum part by ear is just as important as reading music notation. By learning all the other drumming fundamentals, you will develop the skills necessary to hear a piece of music, pick out the drum parts and learn them without reading music. This includes creating your own drum parts for original music as well. 

Individual drum Lessons

Weekly 45-minute individual lessons.

Discover and explore rythms from around the world with drum lessons at the AMFA.

My son has been attending the Academy since last April and I have to say the teachers are very knowledgeable and the staff is amazing, always there to help you and explain everything on point. My son loves his drum lessons with Angelo and looks forward to them all week. I would definitely recommend this school, it’s our second family.

—Amanda A. | Glendale, CA

Guitar Lessons

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Guitar Lessons

The guitar is the most played musical instrument in the world. It is a very adaptable musical form and can be used to play all types of music including blues, country, jazz and pop and rock.

Children and adolescents who begin to take guitar lessons at a fairly early age learn to appreciate music in all its forms, and learn that they enjoy listening to different genres in music.

Guitar lessons at the Academy of Music and Fine Arts are tailored specifically to each student’s needs and expectations.

start with the basics

When it comes to learning to play the guitar, or just about learning anything else for that matter, learning the basics right is essential.  you’ll learn about things such as how to hold the guitar, fretting and strumming, guitar theory, riffs, notes, etc. in an efficient manner.

technique

We will work on aspects like speed, rhythm, chords and scales, and of course, your overall playing ability. Guitar lessons will also allow you to enhance techniques such as playing solos, intricate scales, alternate picking, finger picking, hammer-ons and pull-offs, etc..

accelerated progress

Yes, many guitar players can teach themselves how to play, but usually the process is slow. With guitar lessons, you will be able to accomplish and learn the same amount of material in a week, for instance, that might take you more than a month to do so yourself.

learn from a professional

You’ll be able to pick certain things up when you learn the guitar under the apprenticeship of a good guitar teacher. Having an actual person there to show you exactly how everything is done – from the advanced stuff right down to the basics – produces the best results.

Individual Guitar Lessons

Weekly 45-minute individual lessons.

Guitar Ensemble

Our Guitar Ensemble program provides an excellent opportunity to have fun exploring a variety of musical styles with fellow guitar enthusiasts.

  • Participants will learn how to provide support with a bass line, play the lead part with a melody, or provide harmony with chordal support.
  • Each guitar ensemble student learns to develop their ability to execute dynamics, play unison, harmony or counterpoint.
  • The ensembles are open to advanced beginners through advanced players and cover styles as diverse as classical, popular and world music.

All Academy of Music and Fine Arts music students participate in our choir and music theory classes free of charge.

Years of teaching guitar Lessons

Students

YEARS AVERAGE INSTRUCTOR EXPERIENCE

concerts and recitals

Great place for children to learn and appreciate the arts. The music I have heard from the students is wonderful.

—Megan V. | Burbank, CA