Adult Music Classes – Guitar, Bass, Drums, Piano

Have fun building your musical skills, workshopping songs and playing with others in a band context with expert instructor Matt Friedland.

Class Instructor Matt Friedland

Matt is a versatile musician proficient in guitar, bass and drum set. His musical styles range from rock, pop, blues, funk and jazz. He holds a degree in Jazz Guitar Performance from the Arizona State University School of Music and has been teaching in the East Valley for over 12 years.

Is the class right for you?

Matt teaches several adult classes per month ranging in subject matter and skill level. He has the unique ability to get students playing together, even with little to no experience. His goal is to ensure that every student that attends his classes can benefit regardless of their experience and skill level.

While there are several class options available for varying skill levels, it is recommended that you have at least 3 months of experience on your instrument before enrolling.

The class is primarily for guitar, bass, drum set and piano but is open to other instruments such as singers, horn and string players.

I am a beginner, do you have a class for me?

If you are a complete beginner, we recommend taking our adult piano class with expert instructor Sherin Moustafa. Our piano class is perfect for beginner adults looking to get started with a musical instrument and build a strong musical foundation that can enrich their lives in a variety of ways.

Our piano class is held in our piano lab where we have 7 high quality Yamaha digital pianos. The class is part group instruction and part individual practice and study. Each student is provided head phones to use with their digital piano for independent study.

Piano Instructor Sherin Moustafa

Sherin Moustafa holds a masters of music in collaborative piano from the Arizona State University School of Music and is a nationally certified music teacher in piano.

Topics for the guitar, bass, drums and piano classes. What will I learn?

The main concept of the class is how to play with other people. Instructor Matt Friedland views playing with other musicians or being in a band similar to being on a sports team. It's all about team work and having a great coach guide you through the experience. You'll learn how to play comfortably and confidently with others. Ultimately making connections with people and gaining a great sense of satisfaction with your self.

This may seem intimidating if you don't have much or any experience playing with others but this class is a casual and supportive environment where Matt will make it fun and easy for you to play with others, even if you've never played with anyone before.

How does the class work?

There are a number of songs Matt uses to teach you how to play together with other musicians.  You'll learn how to run an effective rehearsal, understand your role in a band format and ultimately be able to assemble the parts of a song and play it from beginning to end.

Songs include:

  • Comfortably Numb - Pink Floyd
  • While My Guitar Gently Weeps - The Beatles
  • Do It Again - Steely Dan
  • Hey Joe - Jimi Hendrix
  • Sunshine of Your Love - Cream
  • Tin Pan Alley - Stevie Ray Vaughan
  • Imagine - John Lennon
  • Dazed and Confused - Led Zeppelin
  • Wish You Were Here - Pink Floyd
  • Can't You See - Marshall Tucker Band
  • Runnin' Down a Dream - Tom Petty
  • Gravity - John Mayer
  • The Thrill Is Gone - B.B. King
  • Little Wing - Jimi Hendrix
  • 25 or 6 to 4 - Chicago
  • Cocaine - Eric Clapton
  • Green Onions - Booker T and the MG's
  • and more!

You'll Learn How To:

  • Develop cohesion in a band format.
  • Communicate effectively with other musicians.
  • Break down songs and gain the skills you need to be able to learn things independently and more effectively.
  • Learn the skills you need to play with others and have fun!

What else happens in the class?

We’ll explore other interesting and valuable concepts that are sure to improve your playing and make you feel great about your progress.

Other topics include:

  • Rhythm
  • Chords/Scales
  • Improvisation
  • Song writing
  • Genres ranging from rock, blues, funk, pop and jazz.

The class is also open for suggested topics and concepts.  What are things you’d like to learn? Songs? Music Theory? Strumming? Let us know and Matt will integrate it into the program.

This class is the best way to improve musically while having the most fun.

If you've been stuck in the same place musically for some time it's either because you don't have enough experience playing with others or you have none at all. Let's face it, you're not going to reach your musical potential by remaining in isolation. You've got to get together with others.

If you want to make leaps and bounds of improvement in your musical development, gain more structure and focus in your practice time, have a clearer vision of your musical goals and be able to see them through, be more rewarded for your efforts AND connect with other people all while gaining an overwhelming sense of accomplishment and fulfillment, you need to join this class.

You may be thinking, I'm not ready to play with others. Or, once I'm better I'll consider playing with others. The reality is the main reason any musician became successful is because they started playing with others as often as possible, gained valuable musical experience and developed a vision for success. We all tell ourselves, "When I'm better, I'll be ready". Truth is, we get better from experience and learning through the process. Without the experience, no significant progress will be made.

Playing with others offers so many benefits. You'll gain clarity on what skills are important in your practice, structure your time more efficiently and move closer to your goals. You'll start playing better in far less time because your mindset has been shifted to a more positive and productive one. Before you know it, you're playing with others, making connections with real people (something you don't get online) and experience the real joy of music. That's when you're really feeling good and having fun.

In the clip below, this group of students were presented a song for the first time during a class and guided on how to put it together. Some of these students had only been playing for a couple months!

For more advanced players, you'll get the opportunity to workshop songs in a band rehearsal environment and play with real pros. You'll get the experience you need to make an impact on others when you play.

We also offer a jazz class for more experienced students who want to improve their theory knowledge and improvisational skills.

When are the classes?

There are several class dates available to accommodate your busy schedule.

  • Adult Music Class - Wednesdays from 6:30 to 7:30pm
  • Studio Class - Saturdays 12:30 to 1:30pm
  • Adult Music Class - Sundays 5:30 to 6:30pm
  • Jazz/Blues/Theory/Improvisation Class - Saturdays 11:30am to 1pm
  • Adult Class Piano - Sundays 4:15 to 5:15pm and Mondays 6:15 to 7:15pm.

Check out what our clients have to say.

"Matt is a multi-talented musician proficient in Drums, Bass, and Guitar. He is a very patient person. My wife takes lessons from him and prior to starting at MLA she hadn’t picked up a new instrument in over 20 years. He has given her confidence and skills she never had before. There are monthly jam sessions where students of all ages get to collaborate and enjoy popular songs together from multiple genres. Don’t be afraid to try something new!" -James C.

"Sherin is a great piano teacher! Learning piano at 35+ years old is not easy but she patiently encouraged me to do my best and made piano lessons fun and enjoyable. If you still cant decide a place for adult piano classes, this is it! Highly recommended!" - Mellisa G.

Do you offer private lessons?

Yes! For the best musical experience, we recommend a private lesson and class combination package.

How do I know which class is right for me?

We offer a free consultation at the studio where we can get to know you, your musical skill level, musical interests and needs. From there we can find the right class format for you.

Simply visit the contact page, fill out a brief questionnaire about your musical situation and we'll coordinate a consultation time that works with your schedule. Go ahead and take the next step towards your musical success by clicking the button below!

See You In Class!

Class Instructor Matt Friedland