Hi there! We're muse SCHOOL OF MUSIC☺
Muse School of Music was created in Alaska when two lifelong musicians, Eddie and Cara, joined forces to offer a fresh, new approach in music instruction to the local community. Each started teaching independently in the early 2000's, and despite coming from very different music backgrounds, Eddie and Cara found their teaching philosophies aligned. After countless discussions and deliberations about what was missing from typical music lessons, they knew their inspiring approach would be a refreshing change for Alaska's music students and Muse School of Music was born!
"Now this is a real music school!" --Lily G, guitar student
Why the name Muse?
Because we believe everyone has a "muse". This is the source of creative inspiration you innately possess. You, my friend, have a muse!
Beyond the mythic idea of a muse as some separate being outside yourself, we believe your inherent muse is your personal source of inspiration. It's what helps you appreciate and identify with the art and music you see and hear around you. It's the force behind your urge to create, and to express yourself, and in this case it's the spark that led you here!
We're so glad you found us! Muse School of Music is here to ignite that inspiration. We'll give you skills to harness that natural creativity and discover your inherent musical potential. In other words, we'll help you find YOUR Muse!
What kind of teachers are at Muse?
The kind who care if you are truly learning! It's our opinion that students should not be resigned only to memorizing a string of songs fed rote-style with no explanation about how music works. YouTube has that covered!
At Muse, you will instead get educated in music so you truly understand it. All of our instructors are college educated musicians who also bring real world playing experience to lessons and readily share it with students. Our teachers are versed in both modern and classical styles which collectively provide a broad knowledge base each of us draws from. Additionally, we have backgrounds in performance, accompaniment, writing and arranging music, and ensemble leading--but you'll often find us just playing for our own entertainment!
What are lessons and classes like?
Fun, focused, and functional! Definitely not cookie cutter.
Students get a solid foundation in music as a whole, as well as on their instrument, but we don't expect everyone to fit the same mold. Teachers use a variety of educational sources as well as share their own practical knowledge and skills, giving students a unique multi-faceted experience.
Since all good music teachers understand that we learn from our students, we implement new ideas that emerge from our studios so there is continuous evolution in our teaching methods. These ideas are shared among our teachers so that our collective instruction constantly improves!
At Muse, our students' musical intelligence is respected and we appreciate every individual who attends our school and presents a new opportunity for us all to grow together and hone our unique Muse School of Music approach.
"Eddie is a man who lives and breathes his guitar. Great instructor."
--Dagmar M, guitar student/ parent
Who can attend Muse School of Music?
All people! We have taught kids as young as 4 and adult beginners in their 70's!
We teach experienced students of all ages as well, including those auditioning to get into school jazz band, honor choir, and acceptance into college music programs.
If you're an adult just wanting to learn to play Christmas songs, or someone hoping to be able to play with others, you will get the kind of solid universal instruction at Muse that you can use for all manner of solo and group music settings.
We have worked with students with physical limitations, hearing and vision issues, and other unique learning needs, and are happy to discuss things ahead of time to make sure we can be of musical help to you!
How do I get a feel for working with my teacher?
Some students want to jump right in and get lessons started, especially as gung-ho beginners! That usually works just fine, but for students who need to break the ice and get introduced first, an initial consultation is scheduled. This way, the student can have a window into what music lessons are like, get acquainted with their instructor, and get familiar with the studio environment.
A pre-scheduled get together also gives the instructor a chance to assess a student's musical background, individual interests, and unique needs ahead of starting lessons. Let us know what suits you best!
What are the rates for lessons and classes?
We have an array of pricing options! Tuition rates for lessons reflect the experience level of the teacher and the duration of lesson time. Monthly lesson tuition ranges from $160/month to $260/month, and lessons run continuously month-to-month.
Classes are a fun and collaborative option at Muse, and can run anywhere from 4-8 weeks. Some classes will be held once per week, others multiple times. Tuition for each class will cover the entirety of the course as well as materials, and will be listed with the class description.
"Best school in town!" --Rich S, guitar student
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