How to Get StartedYour needs and goals come first. Whether you’re a performing musician or have never picked up an instrument, our teachers will teach you in the way you learn best. They cover a wide range of classic and contemporary styles.
Getting started is easy.
- What type of music instruction are you looking for?
- We teach private lessons to students of all ages for most instruments and voice
- To see if we have a group class you’d enjoy, view our current class schedule
- If you want to make music with others, learn more about our band & ensembles program
- We have some programs for toddlers and school aged children
- See our fees.
- Get to know our teachers.
- Have questions? Contact us.
- Sign Up!
Instruments & Voice A-Z
- Bass (Electric)
- Bass (Upright)
- Dobro (Resophonic Guitar)
- Dulcimer (Mountain)
- French Horn
- General Music Instruction
- Guitar (Acoustic)
- Guitar (Electric)
- Guitar (Slide)
- Percussion (Hand)
Expert teachers. Personalized, affordable lessons.
Our teachers are accomplished musicians and great listeners. They’ll start where you’re at, whether you’re a beginner or already performing onstage. They’ll help you set goals, motivate you through great instruction, and teach you in the style you want to learn.
Choose your location.In addition to our house at 1813 S. Sixth Street, we also offer lessons at Lutheran Church of Christ the Redeemer at 55th and Penn Ave S. We currently offer lessons at LCCR in Piano, Voice, Violin, Viola, Mandolin and Harmonica. Contact our office for more details or to inquire about other instruments at this offsite location.
Getting set up.
- Let us know your instrument and level of experience.
- For children's programs, we also need to know the age of your child.
- We’ll give you a quick interview to help you find the teacher who’s the best fit. When you’re ready, call us at 612-333-6651.
- You’ll discuss your goals and schedule with the teacher before you start.
- You can take lessons at the school, at an offsite location, or at your home (at a higher cost). Check out our fees.
- Once you’re comfortable that you have the right teacher and have settled on your lesson time, it’s time to register and pay.
- Please visit our Policies page for more information on time limits for using WBSM lessons and canceling, or rescheduling lessons.
Make the most of your private lessons.
- Regular weekly lessons with homework assignments reinforced by daily practice are routines that allow you to make the most progress;
- Thirty minutes or more of practice every day is good, but when you're busy, try for 15-20 minutes. Doing something each day, even for a short time, helps you progress; and
- Work with your teacher to set your goals and monitor progress toward those goals monthly.
Taking a trial lesson.You can buy a single trial lesson. If you then decide to sign up for a lesson package, we will apply the payment for that first lesson to the cost of the larger package.
We work with students on tight budgets.Learn about our payment plans and financial aid.
Choose the program that’s best for your child.
Our children's programs include private lessons, classes for kids, regular classes, ensembles and summer camp.
Need more help? Contact Us
Want to get started? Register now.Benefits of music education:
- Better intellectual development.
- Higher academic achievement.
- More self-confidence.
- Resistance to chemical abuse.
Private lessons for kids and teens.
All our teachers are experienced in showing young students how to have fun making music and how to develop sound musical habits.
Often kids are ready to start learning about music when they show interest in learning to play or sing. Depending on the instrument, very young children may have physical and learning limitations, so speak to our director for advice.
Regular classes for more experienced kids and teens.
Our classes are geared towards adults; however teenagers and younger students can keep up if they have some musical background. See our complete Current Class Schedule.
Ensemble fun for young musicians.
Ensemble experience will help students junior high age or older learn how to play better with others, hone their listening and practice skills, gain valuable performing experience, and learn new songs. Learn more about Ensembles.
Group Classes & Schedule
We will be offering five NEW classes: Rap/Hip Hop 101, Irish Jigs and Reels for Guitar, Sing the Beatles, Song-Writing Can't Be Taught, and a special class for kids in grades K-3: Jugband for Kids. Classes typically include six 90 minute sessions and cost $127 total unless otherwise noted. Classes hold 3-12 students and are subject to class size requirements.
In addition to our classes, we are also offering three special one-day guitar workshops, Fiddle Tunes, Rhythm and Bass Runs, and Lead Playing taught by Bill Cagley. Please find additional details on the classes and workshops below.
Ready to sign up? Register now.
NEW! Jugband for KidsInstructor: Kim RoeYou can make music with ANYTHING, including items you find around the house. In this class, kids will learn that music doesn’t come from the instrument, but from YOU!Mondays, October 6 – 27, 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. | $58 | Grades K-3
Guitar: Playing with SoundInstructor: Gary Lee JoynerLearn how music moves through you and your guitar. Simplicity is the focus in this 8-week class as we explore blues, folk, jazz, country, and rock songs while learning basic strumming, finger-picking, tuning configurations, and accompaniment skills. At the same time, we’ll explore ways to unlock your creativity and embrace your music as a spiritual form of expression. Consider Level 2 for more experienced players. Please note: No class will be held on Nov 11.Level 1: Tuesdays, October 7 – December 2, 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. | $115 | Ages 18 +
Level 2: Tuesdays, October 7 – December 2, 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. | $115 | Ages 18 +
NEW! Rap/Hip Hop 101Instructor: Adam Gabriel Napoli-RangelRapper “See More Perspective” has shared the stage with artists like Brother Ali, Michael Franti and De La Soul. Now, at WBSM, he also leads this 6-week class that begins from the origins of Hip Hop culture to teach the techniques needed for strong and expressive rap and hip-hop performance. Focusing on content, rhythm, rhyme and delivery, you'll learn to write and perform your own rap songs.Wednesdays, October 8 – November 12, 5:00 – 6:30 p.m. | $127 | Ages 15+
NEW! Song-Writing Can't Be TaughtInstructor: Gary Lee JoynerA safe and nurturing creator-driven workshop setting guided by fellow song-writer Gary Lee Joyner. This is an opportunity for song-writers to unlock and access your creativity and embrace your music as a spiritual form of expression. Bring your material to share and explore. Open to all skill levels. Please note: No class will be held on Nov 11.Tuesdays, October 7 – December 2, 8:15 – 9:15 p.m . | $115 | Ages 18+
Sing The BeatlesInstructor: Bobbi MillerIf you are a fan of the Fab 4, this is the singing class for you! Advanced vocalists will have the opportunity to explore new approaches to these timeless songs, and beginners will get by just fine “with a little help from your friends” at WBSM! Each week we will learn two new songs, culminating in a final performance.
Wednesdays, October 8 – November 12, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. | $127 | Ages 15+
Electric Blues SoloingInstructor: Paul StormsRelative beginners and newcomers to blues will enjoy this class, but some electric guitar experience is preferred. Learn to build your own simple blues solos. Major and minor pentatonic scales, blues scales and some music theory will be covered.
Saturdays, October 11 – November 15, 3 – 4:30 p.m. | $127 | Ages 15+
Irish Jigs and Reels for GuitarInstructor: Paul StormsLearn how to play instrumental jigs and reels for both lead and rhythm from the traditional Irish folk canon. This class will be equal parts lesson/ jam session.
Saturdays, October 11 – November 15, 4:30 – 6:00 p.m. | $127 | Ages 15+
Jazz Theory and ImprovisationInstructor: Paul Renz
An eight-week exploration of the harmonic structure of 12 bar blues progressions and standard song form. We will examine the connection between jazz harmony and improvisation techniques such as arpeggios, chord scales, guide tone lines and melodic embellishment. Arranging and composition techniques will be covered as well as jazz rhythms, notation and terminology. Students will improvise over simple music forms, chord vamps and 12 bar blues and work toward soloing in jazz standards.
Saturdays, September 20 – November 8, 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. | $169 | Ages 16+
Music Theory for the Guitar Level I and IIInstructor: Dale DahlquistLearn invaluable information for songwriting, improvising, pulling tunes from recordings and playing with others. Using popular songs, learn chord structure and how to index and play each in several forms. Take Level 1 if you’ve taken a guitar intro class, equivalent private instruction, or if you have a raging curiosity. Take Level 2 if you have taken Level 1 or have prior theory experience on guitar.Level 1: Wednesdays, October 8 – November 12, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. |$127 | Ages 15+
Level 2: Wednesdays, October 8 – November 12, 8:00 – 9:30 p.m. |$127 | Ages 15+
SPECIAL GUITAR WORKSHOP: Fiddle TunesPlaying fiddle tunes are a fun way to play scales and to learn where the notes are. We’ll learn tunes in several keys and styles. TAB will be available, but ear training is encouraged.
Saturday, December 20, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m .| $40 | Ages 15+
SPECIAL GUITAR WORKSHOP: Lead PlayingThis workshop will show you how to let your guitar sing the song in a simple and straight-forward manner. Bluegrass, old time and country songs will be used. TAB will be available, but ear training is encouraged.Saturday, December 6, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. | $40 | Ages 15+
SPECIAL GUITAR WORKSHOP: Rhythm and Bass RunsEvery guitarist hits bass notes and strums. This workshop will show you how to dress up the accompaniment of a song with rhythmic playing. TAB will be available, but ear training is encouraged.Saturday, November 15, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m | $40 | Ages 15+
The Joy of Sight SingingInstructor: Paul Renz
In this eight-week course, you’ll improve your aural skills and build sight-reading chops. We will focus on melodic and rhythmic dictation, identification of intervals and triads, basic rhythms, melodic patterns, common cadences and lots of sight-singing. Cost includes a $20 materials fee.
Saturdays, September 20 – November 8, 2:30 –4:00 p.m. | $189 | Ages 16+
Bands & Ensembles
Benefits of playing in an ensemble.
- Get expert help in matching you up with others who think like you musically.
- Improve your sense of timing and hone your listening and practice skills.
- Pick up songs you might not otherwise learn.
- Experience the joy of musical collaboration.
- Make enduring musical friendships.
Ready? Sign up now.
- Decide what level best fits your goals. (See ensemble levels below).
- Fill out the Ensemble Application Form.
- Check out the fees.
- Mail or email us your application for review. Some bands require a follow-up audition. Have questions? Contact Us.
Our ensemble choices.
|African Music||Siama Matuzungidi|
|American Folk Music||Dale Dahlquist|
|Balkan Folk Music||Nickolai Kolarov|
|Gypsy Jazz||Jim Plattes|
|Jazz-Fusion, Jazz-Rock||Paul Renz|
|Teen Rock||Contact us|
Ensemble program descriptions.
Celtic Band for Youth or AdultsInstructor: Jim Plattes Join this group and learn traditional jigs, reels, hornpipes, polkas, and airs.
Gypsy-Jazz Band for Youth or AdultsInstructor: Jim Plattes Inspired by the Hot Club music of Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli, this band offers students an opportunity to play classic swing music on stringed instruments and has room for 2-3 guitars, violin, string bass, clarinet, and maybe even a little chromatic harmonica.
Jazz and Jazz-fusion Bands for Adults
Instructor: Paul RenzPaul Renz, Director of Jazz Studies, directs and performs with three student jazz ensembles. Caterwaul features original music composed by two of its members. Laughing Sweaters specializes in vocal arrangements, and Good Question is building its repertoire of jazz standards.New ensembles are formed based on student interest and skill level. These ensembles represent the core of a wonderful music community of like-minded adults, highly motivated students of jazz who meet weekly to rehearse, and work hard to develop their improvisation and composition skills. Invariably, the participants are very supportive, friendly, and bring wonderful energy to the setting. Renz asks for a minimum 9 month commitment, September to June. The more accomplished groups occasionally perform in the community.
Be a Rockstar: Rock and Pop Summer Youth Band CampLearn how to play in a band, write sings and play live! Our one week camp sessions includes a t-shirt, pizza party and live performance at local music venue! All levels of music ability welcome for students ages 10-18.
Videos from Past Camps
Dates and Times.SESSION 1
Orientation: June 12, 6-8pm
Camp: June 16-20, 1-5pm with concert at 7pm on Friday, June 20
Orientation: June 19, 6-8pm
Camp: June 23-27, 1-5pm with concert at 7pm on Friday, June 27
Orientation: July 24, 6-8pm
Camp: July 28-August 1, 1-5pm with a concert at 7pm on Friday, August 1
*Note: Sessions 1 and 2 are open to both boys and girls.
How to sign upContact the school’s director, Paul Coate, at 612-333-6651 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Students will learn:
- Fundamentals of playing an instrument.
- How to compose songs and write lyrics with band mates.
- How to prepare for a performance.
- How to communicate with band members.