By Amy McNeal
A new year means a new start. It's time to reflect on where you are in life, and figure out your next step. Perhaps you're considering picking up a new hobby. Is it time for you to finally pursue your dream of learning to play an instrument? If you've always wanted to explore the musical side of your personality, there are some great resources for you in the rich Baltimore music scene. Whether you're just starting out or brushing up your skills, Charm City's music schools can help you nourish your inner artist with some of the best music lessons in Baltimore.
A well known haunt of Baltimore area musicians, Bill's Music offers lessons in guitar, bass, drums, keyboard, piano, violin, viola, brass instruments, flute, clarinet, saxophone, recorder, harmonica and voice. Private lessons are held 7 days a week, and are available at evening and weekend times to fit any schedule. Pricing is affordable, starting at $20 for a half hour and $38 for an hour. There's also a 6-week group guitar clinic available for only $75. Students at Bill's receive 5 percent off new instruments and equipment. Bill's Music is known for a huge selection of equipment, new and used, from starter gear to pro quality. The shop also has a busy calendar of events, with professional clinics, benefits and special demo days. Instrument rentals are also available. Looking to brush up your guitar skills? Be sure to check out the weekly free guitar lesson on Saturdays.
The Music Workshop's bustling Music School offers a huge staff of instructors and a variety of lessons and schedules to help you find your voice. Rock, jazz and blues guitar, pop and classical voice, gospel piano – they have it covered. Expert instructors are available to help you concentrate on the style of music that best fits you. Centrally located, the school also offers tons of free parking. An on-site recording studio will let you live the dream of cutting your own tracks. If you're looking for an opportunity to perform in public, the school has an active performance schedule. Bands from The Music Workshop perform at local events. Private lessons start at $26 per half hour. The curriculum emphasizes individual lesson plans, music fundamentals and private instruction. Note that you cannot purchase any instruments here, just simply learn how to play them.
This family-owned music store takes pride in offering quality gear and instruction in a "mom and pop shop" atmosphere. The staff will take care to find the right music instructor to fit both your schedule and your needs as a budding musician. Beginners of any age are welcome. The staff has been carefully screened for both teaching skill and musical passion. Private, modern in-store lesson rooms offer you the chance to work with your instructor one-on-one in comfort. The store also offers a lounge with Wi-Fi to let you chill out and chat with other musicians who share your passion. In addition to the healthy stock of instruments for sale there are plenty of instrument rentals available. You can take lessons in guitar, brass, piano, strings, voice and percussion at Mike's Music. Lessons start at $118 per month.
Amy McNeal is a writer and journalist living in Bowie, Md. A Baltimore native, she's constantly intrigued by her city's vibrant and unique culture.
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