If you’ve always wanted to be part of a rock band, this is the place to get started, no matter your age. Located in the Ballantyne Arts Center, this music school aims to make learning fun, as well as prepare students, ages five to adult, for stage performances. Connie Cooper, the school’s founder and director, works with Chick Singer Night Charlotte providing female vocalists with the chance to front a professional band, and collaborates with venues around the city, including Amos’ Southend, The Chop Shop and The NC Music Factory, to provide opportunities for students to perform in a professional setting. Private lessons are offered in guitar, vocals, bass, drums, piano and keyboard, brass and wind instruments, violin and string instruments, as well as in songwriting and recording. The Jam Sessions program prepares groups for the stage with instruction in creating a set list, developing solos and engaging the audience. Ballantyne offers discounts for seniors 59+, YMCA members and members of a family.
Founded by Regina Ziliani in 2008, the Charlotte Academy of Music is one of the city’s fastest growing music schools, with more than 20 credentialed teachers. The facility has 12 sound-proof teaching studios, a spacious waiting area and the Blue Note Lounge, an on-site performance space. The school offers private lessons for all ages, from three years to adult, in many instruments including piano, guitar, strings, woodwinds, brass and percussion, as well as voice, musical theater and Broadway dance classes. Piano classes range from a beginners lab to Piano Artistry classes for intermediate and advanced students which include recording and performance opportunities, master classes and special workshops. The school is the home of the Charlotte Youth Repertory Theatre which presents fully staged productions three times each year. Adult students can customize their instruction through lessons ranging from 30 minutes to an hour.
Located in the University area, the Charlotte Music School offers several unique features. Each 30-minute private lesson, priced about the same as lessons of similar length at other area schools, includes an additional free 15-minute Music Lab session where students learn about music terminology and history, rhythm, ear-training, note-reading and more. Lessons are paid for month-to-month with no long-term commitments. The 18-member faculty, led by Dr. Mark Norman, holder of a doctorate in Musical Arts in Instrumental Conducting with a long career as a music educator, conductor and performer on the tuba, is made up of professional musicians matched to each student depending on their individual needs. Lessons are offered on 24 different instruments for ages four through adults, with recitals scheduled for May and December.
Each year, nearly 400 music students, from ages six through adults, take private lessons through the Community School of the Arts. Private lessons ranging from 30 minutes to an hour are offered at studios throughout the region, from Cornelius to Ballantyne, on many musical instruments, including traditional instruction in piano, violin, viola and cello, harp, flute, oboe, clarinet, saxophone, French horn, trumpet, trombone, baritone horn and tuba, plus guitar, percussion instruments and voice. Instruction is also offered in playing acoustic, electric and bass guitars, drums, keyboard and vocals in the blues and rock style. Lessons are offered in three semesters each year, but students can begin at any time, paying for lessons by the hour. Financial aid and scholarships are available.
Music lessons for the general public are offered through the Queens University Performing Arts Department in two 14-week sessions each year, beginning in fall and spring. Weekly private lessons of 30-, 45- or 60-minute duration, scheduled between student and instructor, are offered in voice, guitar, piano, violin, flute, clarinet, cello, harp, trumpet, saxophone and organ, with Suzuki piano lessons available for beginner students. The department also offers classes in voice and music therapy sessions. Students have the unique opportunity to participate in the musical activities on campus including concerts, competitions and recitals.