Music is indeed its own unique language. Within this language are notes and chords that make up rhythms. These rhythms are typically a mystery to those who don’t play an instrument. But what if these mysteries finally made sense? What if you could turn them into sounds that move you? Well, it’s not too late––you can learn to play an instrument, and these Miami schools are prepared to teach you. All you have to do is select an instrument, then choose a school with classes that work within your schedule.
SAM Superior Academy of Music
7746 N Kendall Drive
(In Greenery Mall, east entrance on SW 77 Ave.)
Miami, FL 33156
www.superioracademyofmusic.comInstruments taught: piano, jazz piano, guitar, violin, flute, cello, saxophone
Price: $127 to $359 per month
Miami’s Superior Academy of Music offers students the opportunity to learn an instrument and gain the theoretic knowledge that will allow them to appreciate all aspects of music, from piano to wind instruments. Students can receive private music lessons or take group classes. Private lessons are conducted in soundproof booths equipped with interactive whiteboard projectors, and individual music lessons are 30 minutes or one hour. Group classes in music theory, music history, keyboard harmony, ear training and solfège are offered weekly for 50 minutes. Classes are offered to people of all ages with a separate preschool program offered to children ages 3 to 5 years old.
Miami Conservatory of Music (MCM)
2911 Grand Ave.
Miami, FL 33133
www.miamiconservatoryofmusic.comInstruments taught: piano, violin, viola, cello, guitar, voice, flute, percussion, saxophone
Price: $33 to $84 depending on size and length of time
Whether you’re a beginner or a musical student returning for advanced or master classes, there is a place for you at MCM. Open year-round, they offer private and semi-private music lessons for 30 minutes, 45 minutes or 60 minutes to those 5 years old and up. In addition, each student has the opportunity to perform in a recital at the end of each semester. They also have a musical theater program, string ensembles, and classes in digital composition and recording. While here, students can also prepare for auditions to magnet schools as well as colleges and universities.
Elizabeth School of Music
11905 SW 6 St.
Miami, FL 33184
www.elizabethschoolofmusic.comInstruments taught: piano, guitar, bass, drums, voice, trumpet, flute, harmonica
Price: $20 per hour, voice $20 for 45 minutes
This family-oriented school has lessons for people of all ages beginning at age 7. All of their instructors have a minimum of 10 years of teaching experience, and years of professional music experience, so you’re sure to be in good hands at this school. Take advantage of their music theory and song writing classes as well. If you don’t already own the instrument you want to learn to play, you can purchase it at their music store. To pass significant savings on to you, instruments can be purchased on-location.
Live Modern School of Music
1788 Sans Souci Blvd.
North Miami, FL 33181
www.liveschoolofmusic.comInstruments taught: piano, guitar, bass, drums, trumpet, saxophone, voice
Price: $50 non-refundable registration fee, $200 per month for weekly 45-minute private lessons
The Live Modern School of Music believes in giving its students an ear for music by designing a unique approach to the instrument of your choice. For instance, aspiring guitar players will learn re-harmonization and improvisation techniques, while aspiring piano players will learn to master chord structures and transcription. A recording studio is even available on-location to all students. The idea is to use modern technologies (hence the name) to teach aspiring musicians the love of music. Private lessons are given, but they also have intermediate programs that include private lessons and band practice with music theory classes for more advanced students. Placement tests and auditions are required for students seeking advanced placement. Classes offered for ages 5 to adult.
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Miami Piano Academy
4091 Laguna St.
Coral Gables, FL 33146
www.miamipianoacademy.comInstrument taught: classical piano, jazz piano, popular piano music
Price: $140 to $240 per month based on class length
At the Miami Piano Academy, they believe anyone can learn to play the ivory keys. They tailor their teaching methods to each individual student’s learning style, so they’ll assess you to determine whether your learning style is visual, tactile, auditory or kinesthetic. This easy-going, stress-free learning environment helps students set attainable goals and moves them toward meeting those goals. Classes are offered starting at age 4, and parents are welcomed to attend their children’s classes, too.