El Camino School is a music school based in Orlando, Florida that offers a wide variety of courses, lessons, guest lectures and events. One of the main focuses at El Camino School is trade-based learning, and developing the next generation of touring technicians, but that’s not all. We will also offer music lessons, music therapy, seminars, and meet-ups. The school’s primary objective is to create a true collaboration with the community and local music industry in order to impart knowledge for those seeking to further their understanding, careers, or hobbies. We also aim to educate current and aspiring musicians on how the music is created before the artists even strike a string. This includes everything under the surface in creating music, from guitar circuitry to the inner workings of a guitar amp or effects pedals. Musicians that understand how it all works are more likely to succeed in their craft.
School president and founder John Theisen, a longtime contributor to the local Orlando music scene, has had a love for music and a high amount of respect for the people that make the show possible behind the scenes. Aside from being a musician, he was a community fundraiser and arts administrator for over a decade. Theisen’s vision was to create a space that helps inspire and empower others through learning. This school is a community space where people can come together and learn from other professionals on their journey to becoming an integral part of a production or some future in music.
The vision is to bring people together to grow in and around music through experiential learning. Aside from the technical aspects of instrument building and repair, El Camino offers Music Therapy, a program that focuses on community building, wellness, and self-empowerment through music. The creation of music, moving to music, and even listening to music can do wonders when dealing with those with cognitive, emotional, and even physical conditions.