A new studio offering music, dance, theater and other performing arts classes for children and adults is scheduled to open in the West Valley in August. The Anderson Institute of Music and Performing Arts will be located on Main Street in Verrado, a community located in the foothills of the White Tank Mountains.
The institute was founded in Pasadena in 2005 and moved to Verrado in 2008. Owners Edward and Angela Anderson say the new 1,200 square foot studio will help them meet growing demand for arts education in the West Valley, especially as school art programs continue to be cut.
Angela Anderson is a longtime music educator and vocal coach who holds a degree in vocal performance and a graduate degree in musical theater. Edward Anderson has nearly three decades experience in singing, songwriting and producing, and served as executive director of Algonquin Theatre Productions in NYC.
The Andersons stress the importance of collaboration within the arts community, noting that they work closely with Arizona Broadway Theatre in Peoria and the West Valley Arts Council. They oversee and direct the West Valley Children’s Choir.
Their new space features four studios for private lessons and classes. Think piano, guitar, voice, drums, strings and woodwinds. A large rehearsal space will be used for dance, theater, choir, string orchestra and group work. Instruments will be available for purchase.
The Andersons plan to have a total of 14 teachers and staff. I’m told the institute will be home to various performance groups and offer training in some relatively uncommon disciplines. Think songwriting, clogging and ukelele (not all at the same time).
Other options include music theory, ear training, voice pedagogy, sight-reading, rhythm, music expression, music interpretation, music recording and live performance delivery.
The institute expects to present monthly community performances in various venues, two annual recitals, an annual musical production, theater readings, summer camps and more.
It seems the only thing they don’t (yet) offer is the class my children say I’m most in need of: “How to sing less out of tune to oldies while driving the teen taxi with the windows rolled down.”
Coming up: More Valley performing arts studios, Resume tips for young actors, Fall theater camps