Private Lessons – In Person, Online, & Hybrid
- Guitar – acoustic, classical, and electric
- Live performance
- Beginner piano, banjo, and mandolin
If a student masters the skills and knowledge I have to offer, I will refer them to an instructor with new skills and knowledge to offer.
- The Nitty Gritty of Songwriting – In this seven-week class, learn a detailed and methodical songwriting process to craft your best lyrics and music. Class length and complexity can be adapted to the skill level of each student or group.
- The 3-Song Workshop – Draft the bones of a three-song EP in five weeks with the support of fellow songwriters. Class length and complexity can be adapted to the skill level of each student or group.
- Songwriters’ Club – Share your original songs (complete or incomplete) with a group of fellow songwriters and musicians. Give and receive support and feedback. Edit each other’s lyrics and music with guidance from a skilled instructor.
- Holiday Ensemble – Prepare and perform a full set of holiday songs. The group forms in early October and practices until performances in late November and December: one friends-and-family performance and several charity performances. This could be a strings-only, guitars-only, or mixed ensemble.
The Sound House Band
An auditioned band of middle and high school students that practices together for an hour weekly or bi-weekly. When students graduate or “retire” from the band, new members will be auditioned. In this program, students learn the ins-and-outs of being in a band. The band will perform live at venues (as openers) and for community events (town festivals, farmers markets, fundraisers, etc.).
Topics covered: Building a setlist, practicing independently and together, arranging cover songs, writing original music as a group, recording demos, booking shows, performing live (both in-person and online via livestream), live sound engineering, building an online presence, creating content, making and selling merch, and building healthy interpersonal band dynamics. The band will split evenly any money earned from paid gigs and tips.
The Sound House Guitar Ensemble
A guitar-only ensemble of high school and adult students that practices together for an hour weekly or bi-weekly. In this program, students learn a repertoire of instrumental songs to be played on a bunch of guitars. The ensemble will perform live for friends and family (at recitals) and locally for community enrichment (seniors, schools, libraries, etc.).
Topics covered: Reading notation, tabs, and lead sheets, building a repertoire, practicing independently and together, arranging songs for multiples of the same instrument, performing live (both in-person and online via livestream), deep listening and appreciation of instrumental music, and building healthy interpersonal ensemble dynamics.
A half-hour to an hour of music education and appreciation for preschoolers ages 3-5, weekly or bi-weekly.
Topics covered: Active listening (movement, meditation, artistic response), musical story-time, building a sing-along repertoire of children’s songs, rhythm studies with simple percussion, identifying instruments by sight and sound, enjoying music with others.
Homeschool Music Classes
Elementary curriculum – Enjoying music with others, active listening (movement, meditation, artistic response), musical storytime, building a sing-along repertoire of songs, identifying instruments by sight and sound, rhythm studies with simple percussion, reading notation and/or tabs, and playing music on the recorder, ukulele, guitar, or piano.
Middle and high school curriculum – Developing healthy interpersonal dynamics by enjoying music with others, active listening (documented observations, group discussions, critical reviews, and artistic response), exploring the history of American music, reading notation and/or tabs, playing an instrument (learning instruments beyond the instructor’s skill set will require separate private lessons), learning and applying basic music theory, building a setlist/repertoire, arranging cover songs, writing original music independently and as a group, and developing healthy practice habits.
Three times a year (spring, summer, fall), prepare selections to perform for an audience of peers, friends, and family. Recitals are motivation for practice, an opportunity to learn about/experience/conquer performance anxiety, an opportunity to learn about and practice live performance, and a community-building experience for independent students to get to know each other.
Instructor responsibilities – Developing the program, providing performance certificates, setting up a performance space with appropriate sound systems and seating, and organizing refreshments.
Girls Rock Slumber Parties
Once or twice a year, all female students sleep over at the studio for a night of music and community. Programming from past slumber parties:
- Night – Dinner and dessert/snacks, name that song and artist game organized by genre or decade, recorded open mic so that each girl gets a copy of her performance, a music movie like The Beatles’ Yellow Submarine and Jack Black’s School of Rock
- Morning – Breakfast and coffee/tea, an hour of group music education
Demo your original songs with support and guidance. Using Sound House’s simple home studio gear, learn to use microphones, an interface, and a Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) to arrange and track out your original music.
Topics covered: Songwriting, vocal and band arrangement, and sound engineering.
Content Creation Consultation
Releasing new music? Promoting a show? Trying to develop a supportive fan base? Schedule an hour-long content creation consultation to develop a step-by-step plan for promotion.
I’ll help you:
- Figure out which platforms to use for promotion (local press, social media, playlists, blogs, etc.)
- Flesh out the stories that will connect an audience to your products and services
- Plan which photos, videos, and sound bites will best amplify your messaging
- Schedule what needs to be done by when in order to hit your marks
At the end of a consultation, you’ll have a document detailing action steps that will help you tackle self-promotion in a way that doesn’t feel as cringey or overwhelming.
You’ll learn enough from this session to develop your own promotional plans in the future, but you’re welcomed to keep coming back for an easier, more enjoyable planning process.
The Sound House Zine
Contribute to The Sound House Zine, a low-fi magazine published quarterly by local musicians.
Write about any of the following:
- New music releases
- Instruments and gear
- Step-by-step DIY (home recording, instrument hacks, etc.)
- The local music scene (artists, bands, releases, shows, etc.)
- Online resources (accounts to follow, contests, apps, etc.)
- Or anything else music-related! Just run it by me first to make sure it fits the zine.
We’ll also be asking for visual art, especially music photography, illustrations, and comics.
The Sound House Zine is a FREE publication. Donations are welcomed to cover printing costs.