Reviews Across the Web
FOR THE FRISCO
SCHOOL OF MUSIC/PERFORMING ARTS
The world needs that special gift that only you have!
- Marie Forleo
I was nervous about starting music classes as an adult, but the
Frisco School of Music has been wonderful about making me wonderful and letting me work at a pace I
am comfortable with. I would recommend them to anyone of any age for beginning or furthering music
Little Elm, TX
Music is an all encompassing commitment. Not only in the
relationship between the student and their instrument, instructor to their student , yet most
importantly in the responsibility of a parent and the commitment they knowingly and willfully
signed their name to. Music is much more than rooting from the sideline and not worrying ever about
missing a practice or game. It's not the team that suffers, it's your child.
Being a single mom I make sacrifices to have my child attend each
and every one of her music lessons. Should there come a time that I needed to move my child to
better fit her lesson into our demanding schedule, FSM has been beyond accommodating. Whenever I
needed to review my child's progress, receive any opinion or guidance, my questions were
immediately answered and in the most timely professional manner not only to my satisfaction, but
most importantly to my child's satisfaction.
I understand the simple agreement I signed, and more so understand
the struggles the instructors endure doing and teaching what they love... music. I have spent
more than twenty years in the music business, so I know the struggles and ultimately those
struggles early on made me the balanced and appreciative parent I am today I only wish
this on my child and I see it ever so graciously after every music lesson.
What I love about FSM is simple. It's in the all inclusive
incentives afforded to each student beyond the instruction. The yearly membership not
only includes the freedom to schedule a simple half hour or forty five minute session, but much
more. Books, strings, tuners, metronomes, foot stools, use of power amps, rosin, shoulder
rests, lets just say that supplies are in abundance for any instrument. Missed lessons are
easy to reschedule, and it is understood that one day is conveniently reserved for any make up
Activities, awards, and performances are regularly scheduled
and the ability to test for the Texas State Theory test is most intriguing. I didn't have to
lengthen my search for the right school, so thank you FSM. No other music school provides as
much and I believe that in time, more incentives will be afforded to any student at
So thank you FSM. You can't make everyone happy unless you
understand your own commitment to happiness.
The teachers are great. Each are patient and have a full
understanding about their subject and how to teach it. Furthermore, the admin staff are just
as wonderful. My son had problems finding his niche. They worked with us to help him
find which instrument excited him.
||Chris & Sheacy
Since our daughter started taking piano lessons at the Frisco School
of Music the piano has become her favorite "toy". At 3 years old she can already play three songs
from memory and has started reading music. Furthermore, she has begun playing the songs she has
learned on other instruments on her own, including hand bells, her toy xylophone and the musical
buttons on her infant sister's toys.
Her love of music has been fostered by the
high-quality instruction she has received from her teacher Mr. Jordan. His passion and patience has
emboldened her to try new songs and has given her overall confidence to try new songs and has given
her overall confidence. Thank you for helping us foster her talents.
||Anne & Logan Ford
I believe that a musical education is a
valuable asset. It is a great outlet for teenagers. My son has been taking lessons at the
Frisco School of Music since the doors opened! I've watched him grow and learn and I am in awe
of what he has accomplished on the piano and guitar. Even when Logan moves away for college, I
will still support the Music School. It has been a wonderful addition to our community. --
Anne Ford, Parent
DayRockerZ summer camp was really cool. We split into
two bands, then we started picking out songs to play. We also wrote a song. It was fun to work
together making the band name and writing songs. Music has helped me with other things like
memorizing poems for school. -- Logan Ford, Student.
I taught at the Frisco School of Music for 6.5 years, during
which time I was an instructor for private guitar and bass lessons as well as several labs and
One thing I always appreciated about FSM was all the
programs and activities we could offer outside of our weekly lessons. One of the most popular is
definitely the school bands, which provide an easy way for kids to learn and play together with
structured rehearsals and regular performances.
I loved the fact that all of my private students also
had the opportunity to perform to an audience several times a year. This not only gives them
invaluable experience on stage, but also goals to achieve and gratification to look forward
FSM has a wonderful 20+ studio facility and staff
that take care of any materials or equipment necessary for the lessons; so I didn't have to worry
about anything but teaching and the students didn't have to worry about finding books, tuners,
I think a big reason why the Frisco School of Music
has become the fastest growing music school in north Texas is because of the diversity of choices,
offering instruction on nearly any instrument and accommodating all ages, levels, and aspirations.
-- Jesse Coulter
||Maryanne & Anishia Lobo Frisco,
I was searching for places that I
could put my daughter in music lessons. So, I went on the internet and it looked like the Frisco
School of Music was a good place. Also, here with the theory classes (Rock School) and with other
kids doing the same thing and recitals and things like that...it really helps. About practice....at
first since she was just 6 years old I had to lay down the rules and sit with her to practice, but
then she got into a routine and it became a lot easier. Now she practices in the morning because
she's fresh and when you play music you are kind of in a rhythm for the day. -- Maryanne
I was interested in piano. I like lots of different
kinds of songs. I have had several different teachers here and they were really nice...(they) like
to give me the up-beat songs, faster songs...a mix of songs. The theory (Rock School) definitely
helps...and also playing with other people definitely helps. It is cool to hear different
instruments and songs, different variety. I don't feel nervous anymore...just feel good about
playing! -- Anisha Lobo, Student
Our family really appreciates how well run all the programs and
performances are at the Frisco School of Music. Music lessons have become a big part of Haley's life.
It is well worth the investment of time and money for
the knowledge she will keep with her for her lifetime. Her guitar teacher has introduced her to new
styles of music and instruments. -- Lisa Flagg, Parent
I have worked in guitar faculty
at the Frisco School of Music for almost 3 years now. I teach a little bit of all styles but, rock,
blues, and metal is really my specialty.
I have played the guitar for close to 20 years now,
went to Loyola New Orleans and University of North Texas, studying viola, classical guitar, jazz
guitar, as well as being educated in music theory and arranging.
I enjoy teaching rock, blues, and metal because I do
believe there is a science behind much the right and left hand technique that a lot of players just
don't bother to learn these days.
At a first lesson, I will ask a student what they
want to learn, what they already know ( if anything), and give them something easy to play so I can
figure out what needs to be worked on in the way of technique in order to progress. I try to
balance out the assignments with an even amount of music reading, right/left hand communication
techniques, and something fun to play so the students can hear their progress.
I also hold workshops involving advanced techniques
for moving faster and having a finite knowledge of the fretboard and the shapes covering it that
make up many of the cool, commonly heard patterns in rock that many young players are very eager to
know how to play.
I focus a lot on tone, because as seen from players
like B.B. King, or Eric Clapton, it isn't always about a bunch of notes, but just a few, played
very nicely. I believe thats important for young players getting into the rock side of music to
know as well.
For the performances, I will pick a piece that shows
off the students best abilities, which builds confidence, a big factor in becoming a good musician.
If a suitable piececan not be found, then I will write one, to
cater to the students specific skills, but also challenge them in a way they haven't been
If you don't play things that challenge you, then you
don't get any better.
The administration faculty helps with number one,
getting me students of course! Of course they also help with many other important things to make
this ship sail, such as getting students and teachers the right materials to create a good teaching
and learning experience, a good environment for learning pretty much any style of music on any
instrument, and are easy to communicate with in resolving any issues that may arise with a
concerned parent, student, or any other sort of problem in rare instance that one
Overall my teaching experience here has been a very
good one, and I believe the same sentiments go for the students and parents involved with the
Frisco School of Music. -- Glenn Wallace
My family really feels at home at the Frisco School of Music. It is
so great that both of my children can have their piano lessons and music theory classes at the same
time. I love that time, while they are in their lessons, I work on my lap top in the lobby waiting
area, the wireless connection is awesome.
The Frisco School of Music has always been very
accommodating to my children, they get exposure to different instruments in the Rock School class,
and they really enjoy that. We all look forward to music lesson day, it has become a fun part of
our weekly schedule, after lessons each week, we pick up dinner from one of the restaurants right
next door. -- Guz Family
My name is Chaz Underriner and I have worked for he Frisco School of
Music for almost two years. I am about to graduate with my Bachelor's degree in Music from the
University of North Texas.
I have been playing guitar for 9 years and I have
studied classical guitar at the college level as well as played numerous concerts for over 5
The Frisco School of Music is a great place to work
because of the flexibility it provides in meeting the educational needs and musical interests of my
FSM is a great place both to take music lessons and
to teach because of the great musical knowledge and experience of the teachers and the customizable
lesson format for the student.
It is a great place to work because the
administration is very helpful for the teachers in providing equipment, information and acquiring
students. The work environment is very friendly and one of my favorite parts of this job is meeting
other musicians and learning about them and their experiences.
I have learned a lot teaching at the Frisco School of
Music because of the diversity of students both in age and interest, which presents new and
I really missed music in my life. I used to play the piano and cello
when I was in school and in community orchestra, but I set music lessons aside to raise my family.
Now that our son has grown up, I decided to do something new and exciting for myself. Since I was
always interested in the flute this was the perfect time to begin lessons.
I found the Frisco School of Music on line and took a
chance! I was so pleased to find such a helpful staff and a wonderful teacher. He inspires me at
each lesson! The positive reinforcement makes me want to continue to learn and practice.
The Frisco School of Music has confirmed that my
decision to return to music lessons was the right choice. Music brings joy to your life and you are
never to old to learn something new! -- Linda MacArthur
Since I have taught at the Frisco School of Music for almost 2 years
now, and it has been a pleasure to watch my students progress. With a BM in Jazz Composition &
Film Scoring from Berklee College of Music and a MM in Jazz Studies, Piano Performance, from the
University of North Texas, I am in a unique position to teach piano technique, jazz aural skills
and theory, small-group leadership & supportive roles, and improvisation.
The Frisco School of Music has been a wonderful environment to
develop my personal teaching method, and director Chris Duncan has allowed me the creative freedom
to explore new ways of teaching jazz to youngsters.
A little about myself: I have performed or collaborated with
artists Ray Price, G Koop, Brad Leali, Rosana Eckert, Michelle Weir, and Lee Oskar. I have worked
as the Assistant to the Director of the Addison Jazz Festival for the past five years. Under the
direction of Craig Marshall, I helped administer this three-day event and presented artists Chick
Corea, Christian McBride, Roy Hargrove, Kenny Barron, The Yellowjackets, and Tierney Sutton. I
scored the independent film "Belonging" for director Jeff Archuleta and I won "Outstanding Original
Score" for my work on "Lazarus Go Home (The Unnamed)" at the February 2010 Scary Cow Film Festival
in San Francisco.
Teaching jazz to young musicians has become a passion of mine.
Listening to jazz is like learning a new language, and most young students are still developing
their basic musical vocabulary. Many consider jazz to be an inferior art form to classical, while
many regard it to be vastly superior and more difficult medium. I think that it is more accurately
described as a language and a way of life, requiring an inquisitive nature and a desire to
understand the inner workings of music. Jazz is the history of a culture willing to improvise and
FSM has given me an avenue to bring this rich music to kids, and
therefore I am able to stay firmly grounded in my own musical foundations. -- Graham
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