Are you looking to learn something new in 2020? This may be the year to pull out that old guitar or dust off your piano and learn how to play! Memphis boasts a rich history of blues, soul and rock n’ roll, and music history is not all this city has to offer. Memphis is also full of talented musicians who love sharing their experience and knowledge with the next generation of music lovers.
No matter what you’re looking for, there’s something for everyone in the Bluff City. Check out these places that offer music lessons and find the right fit for you:
From private lessons to summer camps and full-out band performances around town, students will get the true rockstar treatment at one of School of Rock’s three Memphis locations. School of Rock takes a real-world approach, teaching students not only how to play, but also teaching rock history and performance techniques from day one. All ages are welcome and students can learn guitar, bass, drums, keys and vocals, or a combination of instruments from some of the city’s best gigging musicians.
To get a better idea of what really goes on at School of Rock, check out one of their upcoming events or concerts around town!
Guitar Center is a one-stop-shop for all your music needs, from guitar, bass, keys, vocal and drum lessons, to a vast music retail inventory right outside your lesson room. The GC curriculum is a one-on-one program designed to help students of all skill levels gain musical expertise on the instrument of their choice, at an affordable rate. The program helps create a foundation for understanding music theory and technique, using the style of music you prefer. Instructors at GC work to understand your goals and passions to make sure you are learning what you want at a speed that works best for you.
Keep an eye out for lessons department recitals around town and open house events, where you can meet the instructors and learn more about the program.
Age: Youth (7-17)
The Kroc Center on E Parkway is more than just a fitness facility and community center. The Kroc offers group music lessons to students as an afterschool program. Students can enroll in classes for guitar, piano, brass, strings, dance, percussion and studio production. The Kroc staff provide students with a fun and creative outlet to learn and grow their music and creative arts abilities. All beginner and intermediate classes receive music theory and hands-on instruction.
If you’re looking for a holistic approach to music and performing, FindYourVoice2 could be the perfect fit. Owner and instructor, Charlee Graham has an extensive background in music composition and performance, as well as acting and education. In private sessions, she empowers each student to embody their art, offering lessons in voice, songwriting, and beginning/intermediate piano in your home in the Memphis, Germantown and Collierville areas, in studio in Midtown, and via Skype world-wide.
Follow your passion, discover your talents, find your voice too!
Lane Music in Germantown offers a comprehensive variety of one-on-one music lessons. The teachers at Lane are skilled and educated in a variety of instruments, from piano, guitar and voice, all the way to the mandolin, viola and woodwinds. They are also trained in a myriad of musical styles, such as classical, jazz and contemporary music.
Lane prides themselves on excellence, flexibility and passion for their students’ success.
The Grove Music Ministry at Hope Presbyterian Church seeks to serve kids, adults and recording artists as they seek to impact the world through music. Affordable music lessons are available in the Grove’s state-of-the-art recording studio for beginner, intermediate and advanced students. You can choose from voice, piano, guitar, bass, drums, strings, horns, woodwinds, and home/studio recording.
From group lessons to individual sessions, there is a setting for everyone at Hope Church.
If you’re looking for an instructor who will push you to the next step in your musical journey and set new goals all the time, consider enrolling in the Bartlett Music Academy. The instructors at BMA work with students to enable them to play with confidence and pleasure, whether that means preparing for an examination or learning to play your instrument to a particular standard. Here, you can learn piano, guitar, strings, voice, brass or woodwinds.
Students are also encouraged to perform for friends and family at BMA’s regular recitals.
Amro is the largest piano, band and orchestra store in the Mid-South and one of the largest in the nation. They also offer 8-week group piano lessons for adults. Amro takes a Recreational Music Making (RMM) approach to teaching piano, meaning the goal is to meet friends, have fun and eliminate the stress that may come with learning a new instrument.
If you’re looking for a way to socialize while learning a new skill, consider registering for one of Amro’s weekly lesson slots.
The Memphis Jewish Community Center has supported the arts in Memphis for more than 60 years. Between the International Jewish Film Festival, Jewish Literary and Arts Series, and the Shainberg Art Gallery, the MJCC also offers private youth music lessons. Students can learn violin, piano, guitar, and ukulele from passionate instructors who cater each session to your child’s specific needs.
To learn more or inquire about music lessons at the MJCC, contact the music department.