Classes and Workshops

Recording Seminar - a 4 Hour Class for BeginnersBeginner Home Recording Seminar

Recording at home is quite simple, but might be intimidating if you haven’t yet started. So let’s get started!

After this beginner-level class, you’ll be able to capture song ideas in multitrack format, use MIDI so you can “play” any instrument, comp together your best takes, use effects to spice up your production, play with different production ideas, and mix your own song!

Next Session:  Sunday Mar 1, 2020 1-5pm in Denver

Intro to Live Sound

The mixing board can look more complicated than it actually is.  Spend a couple hours learning your way around a few different mixing boards and learning how to troubleshoot the most common problems, and you’ll be ready to run sound yourself the next time your band arrives at a bar to find a PA… but no engineer.

Next Session:  Sunday Jan 26, 2020 3-5pm in Denver

Songwriting with Justin LongSongwriting With Justin Long

Are you writing songs, but feel a bit lost wondering if they’re good?  Or you don’t know where to even start?  This class will get you on your feet and writing songs right away. Learn how to identify song sections, song structures and arrangements; a song analysis method that will help you understand what makes great songs work; strategies to find ideas and themes for your own original songs; the basics of lyric writing; an easy music theory method to help you write chord progressions and spice up basic songs; how to write catchy melody lines; and how to jumpstart your creativity. 

Next Session:  Tuesday nights 6:30-8:30pm Jan 21-Mar 3 2020 in Denver

Sing Like No One’s Watching

Got nerves?  In each class, you will learn a new technique for calming your body and getting into a good headspace, and then have the opportunity to sing to a track in front of the group. (Don’t worry, you’re not the only one who’s nervous!)

This is a new class.  We’ll offer it 4 nights a week in Broomfield and Denver April through June, and see whether to continue from there. Hope to see you at class!

most Sundays at 6 in Broomfield, ongoing (check calendar)

Stage Performance Workshop

Live music performance is more than just singing your songs, it’s about creating a powerful emotional experience for the audience. While great stage performance can seem difficult to understand, the ideas and principles that make up “stagecraft” make it possible for anyone to become a powerful performer. In this class, singers will have a chance to perform every class in a warm, supportive environment while getting clear instruction in stagecraft. We will focus on relating to the audience, conquering nerves and unlocking your energy. Subjects will also include microphone technique, how to move on stage, and developing a performance style.

Not currently scheduled

Song Production for Singers

When artists want to share their voice and their songs with the world, they make a recorded version of their song. But here’s the question: how should that recording sound?  Should it only be a quiet voice and acoustic guitar? Should the song have a drum groove that makes you dance? What sounds will make people feel what you want them to feel? In this class you’ll learn how to make a recording, with any equipment that you have, that sounds the way you want.

Next session: TBD
Available to take online and to watch online after class, so even if you can’t make the date or time, you can still take the class.

Music Business 101: How Artists Make Money in the New Music Industry

Music Business 101 is a complete overview of how music artists make money. Focusing on the current state of the music business, we will discuss all of the possible ways music is produced, performed, promoted and distributed. From understanding the roles of artists, managers and record label executives to legal issues like copyright and publishing, this seven week course is designed to explain the business of music to both beginning and intermediate artists and their teams. 

Next session TBD

Music Theory 101: The Language of Music

Music Theory often gets a bad reputation as being hard to understand and even harder to apply. While this course has a solid foundation in the traditional academic concepts, Music Theory 101 focuses on developing a vocabulary for the emotions we feel through music, using current musical examples. We will work on understanding how rhythm, keys and chords fit together to create the “shape” and “vibe” of songs in all genres of music. This course is applicable for singers, songwriters, instrumental musicians and those heading to higher education in music. “I learned more in the first two classes than I did in an entire semester of Music Theory class at my university!”  

Next session TBD

Guitar for Singers and Songwriters

This seven week course is designed to help singers and songwriters who are new to playing the guitar write songs or accompany their vocals in any style or key as quickly as possible. Using a carefully simplified system, we will be playing full songs in the very first class. This course will also provide a solid basis in music theory and guitar technique that will allow participants to take their music in any direction they choose in the future.

Next session TBD

Music Business 102

Music Business 2 will focus on the details of releasing music and getting paid for it. The current state of the music business puts the artist in control of their own success. However, that means that artists need to have a strong strategy in place for releasing their music themselves or attracting the attention of record labels or managers. Subjects will include branding, social media planning, distribution channels and release options, and how to contact industry people for booking, promotion, and publicity. Students will also be guided through setting up all of the necessary accounts, from publishing to collect royalties to incorporating your music business. 

Next session TBD

Music Theory 102: The Language of Music

Music Theory 2 will continue to explore the details of why music sounds the way it does. Subjects will include extended and “jazz” chords, voice leading and chord substitution, and how to build and use altered scales and modes. Using examples from classic and modern music students will also learn how to apply these concepts to analyze music on their own, as well as as write professional charts for songs. 

Next session TBD $40-$100