Best Music Lessons in Knoxville TN
Looking for top rated music lessons by Knoxville’s finest music teachers? Knoxville Academy of Music is your best choice! We teach hundreds of music lessons every week to students just like you!
For more information about our guitar lessons (classical, acoustic, electric, and bass guitar) please visit our guitar page. For more information about lessons on other instruments, please scroll down.
For more information about piano lessons, please visit our piano page. For more information about lessons on other instruments, please scroll down.
For more information about voice lessons, please visit our voice page. For more information about lessons on other instruments, please scroll down.
Drums and Percussion
In the past drums have been used not only for their musical qualities, but also as a means of communication, especially through signals. The “talking drums” of Africa can imitate the inflections and pitch variations of a spoken language and are used for communicating over great distances. Throughout Sri Lankan history drums have been used for communication between the state and the community, and Sri Lankan drums have a history stretching back over 2500 years. Japanese troops used Taiko drums to motivate troops, to help set a marching pace, and to call out orders or announcements. Fife-and-drum corps of Swiss mercenary foot soldiers also used drums. They used an early version of the snare drum carried over the player’s right shoulder, suspended by a strap. It is to this instrument that English word “drum” was first used. The oldest known drums are from 6000 BC.
Drums are used in every style of music. Our instructors will help you learn to keep the beat, grove on the rhythms, and “play in the pocket.” You can also learn about other percussion instruments including tuned percussion.
The mandolin is tuned like a violin. It is used in all kinds of music, and is employed extensively in country, bluegrass and folk styles. I bet you did not know that mandolins were an extremely popular instrument for classical music in the late 19th century.
Banjo is another instrument with ancient roots. Originally from Africa, the banjo has been popular in the Southeast United States for a long time and is rapidly growing in popularity throughout the world.
Ukulele is a Hawaiian instrument with roots in Portugal. In recent years Ukulele has become a much more popular instrument, frequently making its way into pop music and music for film and television.
Learn Music Composition, Theory and More
Some students wish to gain a deeper understanding of music. Music Theory is the field of study that probes the nature or mechanics of music. It often involves recognizing patterns that affect composers’ techniques. In a more general sense, music theory also extracts and explores the elements of music: rhythm, harmony, melody, structure, and texture. If you are interested in songwriting, composition, or music theory we will help you find the right instructor to explore those interests.
If you don’t see your preferred instrument listed above, give us a call anyway. Many of our popular instrument instructors play other instruments too. If we cannot accommodate you we will steer you towards an instructor of that instrument, if we know of one.