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  • Buying Your First Electric Guitar

    Posted March 13th, 2014

    Buying Your First Electric Guitar So you’ve decided to learn how to play the guitar but you have just realized that buying a guitar on some level can be like walking on to a car lot. With literally hundreds of choices in brand, color, and style if you know absolutely nothing about guitar at this moment, play...

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  • Get Inspired To Practice

    Posted February 25th, 2014

    Get Inspired To Practice There are times when most practicing musicians at some point experience a feeling of being off course. Finding the motivation to practice can be tough, especially when there is not a clear path and motivation to stay on that path. I, as well as many other musicians that actively seek t...

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  • LIVE, EAT, AND BREATHE MUSIC AT SMA

    Posted November 10th, 2013

     LIVE, EAT, AND BREATHE MUSIC AT SCOTTSDALE MUSIC ACADEMY Whew! What a whirlwind of a ride these last few months have been. I can hardly believe it’s already November, and we’re still in full swing. We’ve got our schedule filled with music lessons, student rock concerts, and even a FREE drum clinic wit...

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  • SMA Rocked it!

    Posted July 17th, 2013

    SMA Rocked it! SMA ROCKED IT OUT AT SUMMER MUSIC CAMP Well, folks. We did it! We completed our very first successful Summer Music Camp. From June 11-14, over 20 students came down to the McDowell Mountain Community Church to do what they do best – ROCK IT OUT! On Day 1 the nerves were flying high as a young ...

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  • LESSONS AT SMA CAN CHANGE YOUR LIFE

    Posted June 1st, 2013

    LESSONS At SMA CAN CHANGE YOUR LIFE Ever wonder what music lessons with an incredible guitar instructor at the Scottsdale Music Academy can do to completely change your life? Native Phoenician and professional guitarist Kurt Johnson did just that when he started taking guitar lessons with John Davis a few shor...

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  • *FREE* BASS/DRUM CLINIC-APRIL 20

    Posted April 16th, 2013

    April 20: Come See the Dynamic Duo! Did you happen to catch last February’s Drum Clinic with Joe Costello, drummer extraordinaire and Scottsdale Music Academy drum instructor? Here’s your chance to take part in yet another truly awesome clinic. On Saturday, April 20th from 12-2pm, Scottsdale Music Academy ...

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  • WINTER CONCERT REVIEW

    Posted April 12th, 2013

      On Sunday, March 3rd, Scottsdale Music Academy rocked out on the stage of Downtown Phoenix’s Crescent Ballroom music venue during our Winter Concert. Seven bands performed, each featuring two to three songs of their favorite covers and originals. The best part is that all band members who performed ar...

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  • Joe Costello Drum Clinic

    Posted March 17th, 2013

    Joe Costello: From Rudiments to Business Basics If you happened to catch our February in-house Drum Clinic with professional drummer Joe Costello, one of the Valley’s most in-demand working musicians and a Scottsdale Music Academy drum instructor, then you know you experienced something truly special. From 1...

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  • Free Drum Clinic – Sat., Feb. 16

    Posted February 8th, 2013

    Scottsdale Music Academy Presents its Free Drum Clinic Sat., Feb. 16 at noon Joe Costello, Scottsdale Music Academy drum instructor and working drummer, will lead the drum clinic by showcasing various styles of music. Attendees will learn — Drum techniques Groove Fills Timing Various Styles Practice...

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  • Phoenix Drummers on Fire Tonight

    Posted September 26th, 2012

    Hey, John Davis here! Tonight I had a chance to judge some of Arizona’s finest drummers at the 2012 Guitar Center Drum-off!! The competition was tough! Here are the winners of tonight’s drum-off. Congrats, guys! If you are interested in learning the drums, Scottsdale Music Academy offers private an...

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