WHO WE ARE
Founded in August 2010, SMS Music Lessons, LLC is an online platform, providing holistic, LIVE virtual music lessons to the underserved Black/Mixed, African American community. The subscription-based service caters to students both with prior knowledge of music as well as those who are just getting started with various musical instruments such as piano, violin, trombone, clarinet, guitar, cello, saxophone, trumpet, and flute. We offer not only innovative classes that enhance your skills in these instruments but also well-thought-out lessons on voice improvement, music production, and performance readiness that foster your talent and transform your life. Not just that. We pride ourselves on being the only music school that offers an HBCU Marching Band readiness program in the US. The program is known as Knees at 90° and is aimed at helping students prepare for marching band and orchestra auditions, which not only enables them to deliver authentic showmanship but also increases their chances of landing a collegiate music scholarship.
One of the things that make us unique is that our lessons are not just meant to mold future musicians; they are designed to enrich the community too. To raise a well-rounded, musical society, we have introduced a Culture Course platform, where students can enroll in a variety of specialty classes that help them enhance and embrace cultural awareness and likeness, understand themselves better, and effectively interact with those around them. We equip you to become an engaged and informed critical thinker in relation to fundamental cultural issues and day-to-day experiences.
Kadina S. Webb, a seasoned vocal coach and the company founder, studied music at
South Carolina State University and has been providing music lessons to the underrepresented
market for many years, helping young people build inspiring lives and broaden their horizons through music. She launched SMS Music Lessons, LLC after doing comprehensive research on the Black/Mixed, African American community and finding out that contrary to what the society has made us believe, African American/Black people can actually afford high-quality private music lessons. SMS Music Lessons, LLC was, therefore, founded on the idea that if appropriate resources were made available, the underserved community would be interested in paying for those lessons. As such, we provide an innovative and supportive learning environment where anyone with a desire for nurturing their musical skill can access world-class music instructions and resources at an affordable price.
As SMS Music Lessons, LLC continues to grow, the journey that Kadina began a decade ago continues to evolve, with a singular commitment to empowering members of the underrepresented market to discover their potential through music. Our services are provided
by accomplished, musically inclined instructors in a collaborative environment where students are individually guided through LIVE virtual lectures that can be accessed from anywhere. We are transforming lives by offering inexpensive yet authentic learning resources to the members
of the African American/Black community who have a passion for developing their talent,
unlocking their potential, and pursuing a fulfilling life in music.
MISSION & VISION
Our mission is to provide individualized, culturally-enriched online music programs for under-
served communities that unleash potential and equip individuals with skills that help them
explore instruments, tap into their creative cords, and create the future they imagined through
Our goal is to create a network of opportunities for the under-served by nurturing students’
creative and artistic mindsets through a culturally-enriched distance learning environment that
brings out their innate musicality and inspires career growth.
10 Benefits of becoming a SMS student:
1. Piano, Guitar, Voice, Violin, and other Orchestra Band Instruments available for ALL ages and ALL level types
We are the only music school that offers an HBCU Marching Band Readiness Program (Knees at 90 degrees ®) where it targets specific skills and tools that are necessary for preparing for an HBCU marching band experience. We also prepare students for auditioning for Marching Bands and Orchestras which would help them secure their future with a potential collegiate music scholarship.
2.Highly qualified Instructors that are certified through our Star Certified Instructor Program (SCIP)®
All of our instructors are musically inclined, with over 10 years of experience using their instruments and a minimum of 5 years of teaching experience. Most of them have studied and earned a higher educational music degree as well as performed all over the world. All of our instructors are thoroughly vetted with a background check and undergo extensive amount of training and development with our Star Certified Instructor Program (SCIP)®. This program is in place to ensure that all of our customers safety and excellent service. These badges are highlighted on your instructors profile as a badge of honor and assuredness that they are fully certified and capable of adhering to company's high standards.
3. The widest range of music lesson times available seven days a week.
Since we are online based we offer lessons that accommodates your busy schedule. Seven days a week from early morning to late at night eastern standard time.
9:00am-4:00pm on Saturdays
11:00 am-6:00pm on Sundays
4. A proven track record of excellence since 2010
Visit our testimonials to see what our students are saying. Every year, aspiring music teachers start their own studio, and a year or two later it's closed. SMS Music Lessons has proven a track record of offering quality music, piano, guitar and voice lessons for over 10years.
5. Innovative Advance Technology utilizing Mobile App Capabilities
Today most people are attached to their phones and mobile devices like velcro and the convenience of mobile advances are requested at an all time high.
Learn ANYWHERE and with ANY device!
- Accessible on any mobile device with camera, microphone and internet capabilities.
- Downloadable lessons and videos
- Online video tutorials and learning library.
- Community online portal that allows you to directly message your instructors and your peers.
6. Convenience and Safety in the comfort of your home.
SMS Music Lessons is an online based school that provides not only the convenience of saving time and not having to run around, getting stuck in traffic and hoping to make it on time but safety for our families.
With the state of the pandemic, safety is a very important factor for our families health and well being. Having the comfort of your own home provides that for you. Although there are some differences between in-person and online lessons, multiple studies on distance learning, including a study from UNC, have shown that students are 36% more focused and perform 22% better when compared to in-person lessons. We also take advantage of Zoom's High FIdelity Music Mode, which was developed in partnership with Yale School of Music. This ensures that your instructor can hear every detail of your playing during each lesson.
7. Online Store and Instrument Rental Program
We are the only online music school that offers the option to purchase your instrument through our online store and Instrument Rental Program!
SMS also sells music books, instruments and cool cultural enriched merch! All of our current students receive a student discount code that saves them money on all of their music supply needs.
With our insured Instrument Rental Program, it makes it affordable for all of our students to have the opportunity to learn the instrument of their dreams without breaking the bank. All of our instruments are shipped directly to your front door.
8. Trophies, certificates and award wristbands to celebrate achievement.
SMS Music Lessons want to award our students with achievable milestones. Students will have the opportunity to earn special colored wristband bracelets that showcases their level of achievements based on our Star Success Assessment Program.
Also, those students who qualify to participate in our fall and spring virtual showcases are able to earn trophies and certificates based on their level of participation. More importantly, when our students have a test coming up, they practice more, their parents are proud, their instructors are proud and everybody wins!
9. Picture Day!
We are the only online music school that offers a picture day for their students!
Every Spring and Fall we host a FREE on-sight picture day with professional photographers in your city! This is a service that our students and parents love as they all want quality photos of their children. Adults are welcome too! Students can bring their instruments to the photo shoot and wear whatever stylish attire they like!
10. Month to Month lessons.
SMS Music Lessons is a monthly subscription program that operates on a month to month basis. We do not require a semester minimum for lessons nor do we require a contractual commitment, you can cancel at ANYTIME!
If you are ready to start, you have nothing to lose click on an ENROLL NOW button to get started on your musical journey!
SMS Music Lessons
If you're not completely satisfied with your first lesson, we will find you a new instructor and take care of your first lessons.
Trial lesson offer only valid for new customers. Limit 1 per customer, per instrument. Customers that purchase an invalid lesson will be charged the full price of the subscription.