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Stages Music Arts creates an atmosphere that inspires a passion for music. Whether you’ve never strummed a string, are preparing for college, or you’re a seasoned performer, Stages has an experience tailored to suit your aspirations and fulfill your potential.

Our beautiful, state-of-the-art facility provides a safe, clean, and comfortable setting to nurture the creative spirit, featuring spacious lesson rooms, HD video lesson recording, and incredible indoor and outdoor performance spaces.

Within our walls, you can take individually customized private lessons, join a group session to play your favorite styles, and learn from industry professionals in exclusive workshops and seminars. When you walk through our doors, you have access to all things music. Book a lesson today!

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Stages Student Band: Thursday
Stages Student Band: Thursday
Group Session
Musicians of all levels ages 10-17 get the opportunity to take their skills from the practice room to the stage in the student band program.  This 18-week program gives students access to many of the amazing features of Stages Music Arts including the studios and recital hall.  Bands are assembled with other Stages students and ...
Derek McNamara
Derek McNamara
Bass (Beginner, Intermediate) Guitar (Beginner, Intermediate) Piano (Beginner, Intermediate) Ukulele (Beginner)
Derek McNamara is a graduate of Towson University with a Bachelor's degree in Music. He has been playing guitar for over a decade and enjoys teaching students of all ages the many facets of music while offering information and material that challenges them to think about music in new ways. He believes that lessons should be tailored t...
Ashley Higginbotham
Ashley Higginbotham
Piano (Beginner, Intermediate) Voice (Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced)
Ashley has had a passion for singing and performing since she could speak. She began training at a young age as a musical theatre vocalist and soon developed a love for opera. A lyric coloratura soprano, she has a degree in vocal performance from West Chester University with Dr. Emily Bullock. Ashley has also studied with f...
Brennan McShane
Brennan McShane
Bass (Beginner) Guitar (Advanced, Beginner, Intermediate) Piano (Intermediate, Beginner) Ukulele (Intermediate, Beginner)
Brennan’s first recollections of music were singing Motown songs and hearing his grandmother play the piano while he stayed at her house during the summers. Brennan received his first guitar, a red-satin finished Stratocaster, the summer before high school.  Two years later, he formed his own band, The Naked Truth, which record...
Anthony DiMenna
Anthony DiMenna
Bass (Advanced, Beginner, Intermediate) Drums (Beginner) Guitar (Beginner)
Hailing from a family of musicians, Anthony began playing and performing on the piano at age 3. Over the course of his childhood, Anthony also studied clarinet, guitar, bass guitar, and drums. By high school, Anthony was performing regularly on drums and bass guitar with a variety of bands spanning genres of rock, jazz, and pop. During th...
John Burkhardt
John Burkhardt
Drums (Advanced, Beginner, Intermediate)
John began playing drums at 11 years old and has an undeniable passion. With a musical family in full support, he quickly began learning and mastering the art of percussion throughout his years of experience. At 16 he began touring the US with the Paul Green School of Rock All-Stars exposing him to different styles and venues in major cit...
Charles Simon
Charles Simon
Banjo (Beginner) Bass (Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced) Guitar (Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced) Piano (Beginner) Ukulele (Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced)
Since a young age Charles has always been surrounded by music.  And since getting his first guitar at age 11 he has never slowed.  As a teen, he studied from several great local Baltimore instructors including Carl Filipiak and Dave Jacobson, but his passion for music eventually took him to Boston, MA and the Berklee College of ...
Jason Cohen
Jason Cohen
Drums (Advanced, Beginner, Intermediate)
When one obtains a specialty too early within a vast, interconnected topic such as music, they lose the chance to fully understand the big picture. Jason Cohen, although a drummer by trade, has had the opportunity to see music from many different vantage points through his personal studies in piano, guitar and vocals as well as drums. Onc...
Instant Classics Ensemble
Instant Classics Ensemble
Group Session
Are you a singer or instrumentalist eager to learn, perform, and record? The Instant Classics Ensemble combines the best of both worlds with a full vocal ensemble and rhythm section. In this program, singers and instrumentalists get specialized attention to learn music and develop techniques by working in focused groups with our expert in...
Stages Student Band: Saturday
Stages Student Band: Saturday
Group Session
Musicians of all levels ages 10-17 get the opportunity to take their skills from the practice room to the stage in the student band program.  This 17-week program gives students access to many of the amazing features of Stages Music Arts including the studios and recital hall.  Bands are assembled with other Stages students and ...
Stages Music Arts Honettes in Harmony
Stages Music Arts Honettes in Harmony
Group Session
Get ready to harmonize at the Hon Fest this year! Registration for this course includes 6 hour-long rehearsals and your Honette costume! We will be featured at this year's Hon Fest on Sunday, June 10th, at 12:50pm, performing a selection of the greatest hits from the 60s! Please sign up as soon as possible so that we can order yo...
Conor Brendan
Conor Brendan
Banjo (Beginner, Intermediate) Bass (Beginner, Intermediate) Guitar (Beginner, Intermediate) Mandolin (Beginner, Intermediate) Piano (Beginner) Songwriting (Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced) Voice (Beginner)
Conor Brendan is a Folk Pop multi-instrumentalist singer songwriter intent on creating positive change in a troubled world. With visceral story-weaving lyrics and a broad range of instruments, he pushes the boundaries of folk, Americana, and pop music, from cinematic ballads to explosive tribal-like passages.   Aged 22, Conor B...
Adult Jam 1
Adult Jam 1
Group Session
This class is ideal for musicians of all levels aged 18+ who are interested in playing with others.  Those who sing, play guitar, bass, drums, and piano/keyboards are invited to come learn! Each class we will work on a new song or style with a goal of building a core repertoire of well known open-jam standards. This ad...
John Coale
John Coale
Drums (Advanced, Beginner, Intermediate)
John has been teaching at the professional level for over 30 years.   Focusing on a complete curriculum at the Music Cellar which includes reading drum notation, hand  and feet techniques as well as a variety of playing styles on the drumset.  He also likes to verse students on what’s necessary for performing wit...
Taso Kotsos
Taso Kotsos
Drums (Advanced, Beginner, Intermediate)
Taso has been teaching at the professional level for over 30 years.   Focusing on a complete curriculum at the Music Cellar which includes reading drum notation, hand  and feet techniques as well as a variety of playing styles on the drumset. He also likes to verse students on what’s necessary for performing with e...
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Castle on the Hill Rehearsals
Group Session
Castle on the Hill trio rehearsals.  ...
Songwriting Course: Complete (Parts 1 and 2)
Songwriting Course: Complete (Parts 1 and 2)
Group Session
This course is designed to give students who are interested in writing original material the tools they need in order to start creating!  Students will study the basics of music theory including scale and chord building, chord progressions, lyrical devices, and popular song forms.  The class will be taught by local performer and...
Songwriting Course: Part 2-Workshop
Songwriting Course: Part 2-Workshop
Group Session
The continuation to intro to music theory and songwriting.  In this course, students will work closely with an experienced instructor to create their own complete original work.  Students will write melodies, create chord progressions, and write lyrics with a goal of recording and performing their own music in a “Song...
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Katherine Boyce
Piano (Beginner) Voice (Advanced, Intermediate, Beginner)
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Stages Student Band: Tuesday
Stages Student Band: Tuesday
Group Session
Musicians of all levels ages 10-17 get the opportunity to take their skills from the practice room to the stage in the student band program.  This 18-week program gives students access to many of the amazing features of Stages Music Arts including the studios and recital hall.  Bands are assembled with other Stages students and ...
Jess Uhrin
Jess Uhrin
Clarinets (Beginner) Flute (Beginner) Piano (Beginner) Saxophone (Beginner, Intermediate) Trumpet (Beginner, Intermediate)
Jess realized her passion for music when she began playing the piano at age 7.  Two years later she began playing the saxophone, which increased her experience into ensemble performance.  She continued to play piano and saxophone throughout high school, where she performed in the top ensembles.   Jess continued her study...
William Scaletta
William Scaletta
Piano (Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced)
Hello, my name is Billy Scaletta.  I am a 2016 graduate of Belmont University with a Bachelor's in Music.  Within Belmont, I have been a member of a number of ensembles, including the Piano Duet Ensemble and New Music Ensemble.  I have also held various church and accompanist positions in Nashville and Baltimore.  ...
Stages Student Band: Wednesday
Stages Student Band: Wednesday
Group Session
Musicians of all levels ages 10-17 get the opportunity to take their skills from the practice room to the stage in the student band program.  This 18-week program gives students access to many of the amazing features of Stages Music Arts including the studios and recital hall.  Bands are assembled with other Stages students and ...
Jonathan Ball
Jonathan Ball
Voice (Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced)
Jonathan Ball, is a Baltimore native, with over 15 years of experience as a singer/songwriter, vocal producer/coach and musician. Growing up a preachers kid, Jonathan fell in love with music at a very early age. He majored in vocal music performance at Morgan State University. Not before long, Jonathan and some college friends f...
Jessica  Crutchfield
Jessica Crutchfield
Clarinets (Beginner) Flute (Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced) French Horn (Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced) Trumpet (Beginner, Intermediate)
Jess offers 15 years of diverse experience performing and studying music. As a young student she chose flute as her primary instrumental study, leading her to all-county performances and solo opportunities, and eventually attending Towson University concentrating in that.  After 10 years of playing flute, Jess became enamored with th...
Adult Jam 2
Adult Jam 2
Group Session
This class is ideal for musicians of all levels aged 18+ who are interested in playing with others.  Those who sing, play guitar, bass, drums, and piano/keyboards are invited to come learn! Each class we will work on a new song or style with a goal of building a core repertoire of well known open-jam standards. This ad...
Pop Mini-Camp
Pop Mini-Camp
Group Session
Pop into Stages for three days of music, friends, and fun! This mini-camp is perfect for young up-and-coming pop stars, who’ll get to: Be the star of their own pop song cover! Learn the basic form of a pop song   Play fun games teaching music fundamentals And more! They’ll wrap-up ...
Writing and Recording Workshop
Writing and Recording Workshop
Group Session
Step into the studio and create music this June! This unique five-day learning experience is ideal for students 12-18 who play guitar, bass, drums, piano, or sing. Students will be grouped together into their own bands where you will learn about the creative processes of songwriting and recording, seeing first hand how a song is...
Musical Theatre Intensive
Musical Theatre Intensive
Group Session
If you love musical theatre, join us for a week of singing, acting, and learning about how to make it in the musical theatre industry. Whether you're stepping onstage for the first time or are a seasoned performer, our Musical Theatre Intensive is sure to challenge and inspire. Over the course of five days, you'll take vocal techn...
Summer Rawk Camp
Summer Rawk Camp
Group Session
Whether you’ve been playing for years, want to pick up a new instrument, or play multiple instruments, Stages Music Arts Summer Rawk Camp will get you onstage in five days! Open to singers and instrumentalists ages 12–18. Warm up and rawk out each day in open jam sessions. Work with Program Director Charles Simo...