Register now for 2020 summer classes and private lessons!
- Classes begin the week of June 1st.
- Register soon!
- Students must be registered by May 4th.
- Classes and private lessons are available year-round in all instruments.
- Vocal lessons are available in all styles.
- Class costs are just $92 per month. Scholarships awarded for students taking two or more classes.
- All classes are held late afternoon and evenings and meet once per week.
- Convenient location just off I-235, 8th Street exit in West Des Moines.
We’ll answer these questions and more
I've never taken a solo. How do I get started?
How can I learn to read music?
What if I don't know all the notes on my instrument?
What is music theory?
What do all the chord symbols mean?
How do I get comfortable on my instrument?
How can I improve my soloing?
What are all the scales and modes I can use?
How can I improve on reading difficult rhythms?
How can I learn to solo in the key?
How many different ways can I play the chords?
How can I learn more licks?
How can I learn about different styles and grooves?
How do I play up the neck of my guitar or bass?
How do I truly master my instrument?
Creative Music Studio, founded in 1995, is a school that offers a creative environment for students expanding their knowledge and expression of the art of jazz. If you want to be a stronger, more accomplished jazz musician, Creative Music Studio has the comprehensive program you need to improve in the crucial areas all jazz musicians must master — theory, improvisation, technique, creativity, individual expression and making it all work with other players.
. . . to give you the all-around experience you need to progress quickly to higher levels of mastery as a musician. That's why so many Creative Music Studio students have gone on to successful professional music careers.
We offer scholarships for combining classes because we believe the combination is educationally the best. By following our curriculum and combining supportive classes, you will receive the best jazz education for only slightly more than the cost of private lessons. You will receive more time with teachers and a more complete perspective. Classes, however, can be taken individually and we offer excellent private lessons as well.
QUOTES FROM CURRENT STUDENTS
"Susie is willing to work with you wherever your playing level is. When I first started, I knew nothing."
"It's jazz theory in a real, hands-on environment."
"It's the REAL DEAL."
"It's like playing a real jazz gig in a small group. You get plenty of time in on soloing."
"I like having real jazz players as teachers. All of the teachers have played a million gigs and are all amazing players. They know what it's like to be out there actually doin' it."
"You get to meet players from other schools. If I hadn't taken this class, I wouldn't have hooked up with the players in my group. Now we do gigs together."