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Open Mic Night for Songwriters

Free

with Ailisa Newhall

Calendar Current session started Feb 28, 2024 at 7 pm

Come join us in the live room at KPC Studios for our monthly open mic night from 7pm - 9pm.

This event aims to inspire songwriters to showcase either a fresh composition or revisit an old favorite for a new audience. It's an opportunity to forge connections, make friends, and provide mutual support as both musicians and humans. All ages, experience, and abilities welcome. 

Music educator and songwriter Ailisa Newhall will be our gracious host for the evening, curating an atmosphere of joy and celebration for the exceptional songwriters within our community. Every participant will walk away with KPC Kudos for inspiration and encouragement!

Nuts and bolts:

  • Please arrive early as we aim to start promptly at 7pm
  • Each artist will perform 1 original song (no longer than 5min)
  • Participants will be given performance order upon arrival
  • We will have a piano and a PA set up
  • If you must cancel, email ailisa@kpcenter.org asap so your spot can open up for another artist

*This event is designed for songwriters who share an equal enthusiasm for showcasing their own music and drawing inspiration from the works of others. It caters to individuals dedicated to attentively listening to every performance no matter the age, experience, or ability.

KPC Studios Open House
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KPC Studios Open House

Free

with Ailisa Newhall

Join us for a FREE (and official) Open House at KPC Studios! Stop by and take a tour with KPC Studios Director, Aaron Sternke, and KPC Education Director, Ailisa Newhall! See the beautiful remodel and check out all of the updated equipment available to those who sign up for our classes.  It's amazing what some very generous donors have done with the building. You will be inspired at what we can offer the community!

As space is limited for this FREE event, please RSVP a time you will drop by. This is an open house style of event to manage space and traffic flow, for the most enjoyable experience.

We look forward to seeing you!

Group Voice Lesson & Harmony Singing

$210

with Emily Persha

Calendar Next available session starts Mar 4, 2024 at 5:30 pm, runs for 6 weeks

This class meets on Mondays from 5:30pm - 6:30pm

Discover the joy of harmonizing and refining your vocal skills in our Group Voice Lesson and Harmony Singing class! Whether you're a beginner or an experienced singer, this class offers a supportive and collaborative environment to explore the art of harmonizing with others. Learn essential vocal techniques, build confidence in your singing abilities, and experience the magic of creating beautiful harmonies together.

Join us for a fun and enriching musical journey that celebrates the power of collective voices. No prior experience necessary – just bring your passion for singing and a willingness to harmonize!

Songwriting 101

$210

with Emily Persha

Calendar Next available session starts Mar 4, 2024 at 7 pm, runs for 6 weeks

This class meets once a week on Mondays from 7pm - 8:30pm

Have you ever wanted to write a song but didn’t know where to start...or have you started many songs but don’t know how to finish them? We’ve got you! Jump into songwriting 101 and you’ll come out with a finished song, and an opportunity to perform your song in front of others (if you want)! No previous music experience necessary. 

Course Description: This class takes participants on a guided journey through the songwriting process with the help of professional songwriters and guest artists. In conjunction with “The Bushwick Book Club” you will have the opportunity to write a song inspired by your favorite book or story! Learn about different songwriting methods as you discover yours. We’ll explore and dissect various song forms, instrumentation, and lyric content. We’ll try different writing prompts and offer tips and tricks to get over blocks and doubts.

Each person brings a story, life experience, and value to their craft. In this safe and supportive environment, we’ll have the opportunity for reflection, feedback, and performance. We look forward to creating with you! 

We will have the opportunity to record your song in our state of the art, newly finished recording studio. We will have conversations around working in a studio, prepping your song for recording, and arranging your song for a band.

Ukulele 102

$105

with Wes Weddell

Calendar Next available session starts Mar 5, 2024 at 6:30 pm, runs for 3 weeks

This class meets on Tuesdays from 6:30pm - 7:30pm

Ages: High School through Adult

If you've taken a beginner class already or have a little bit of prior knowledge, this class is for you!

The cheerful ukulele may be just what we need during these disruptive times, so let’s dig in! This class for beginners+ will balance demonstration with opportunities for students to play, starting from easy chords used in familiar songs and building technique from there. Along the way we’ll revisit how to hold it, tune it, strum it, and what you can do to practice on your own. Successive weeks will balance incorporating new skills with returning to familiar examples.

Students should have their own instrument to use during class.

 

Living Room Ensemble

$105

with Wes Weddell

Calendar Next available session starts Mar 5, 2024 at 7:45 pm, runs for 3 weeks

This group meets on Tuesdays from 7:45pm - 8:45pm* 

You’ve heard it time and again: nothing builds chops like playing with other people. But where can you find that comfortable, forgiving jam for beginners to first get your feet wet? Right here! We’ll learn the dynamics and etiquette of group-playing and the song-circle format while highlighting tips for integrating your instrument into an ensemble setting.

You'll want to have familiarity with the chords A, C, D, G, and F in this weekly class where all instruments, voices, and abilities are welcome!

*Sign up for this class for a discounted rate. You can also sign up for individual classes at the drop-in rate.

Living Room Ensemble - Drop-in

$39

with Wes Weddell

Calendar Next available session starts Mar 5, 2024 at 7:45 pm
2 additional sessions through Mar 19, 2024

Drop in to a Living Room Ensemble jam session! This ensemble meets on Tuesdays from 7:45pm - 8:45pm *

You’ve heard it time and again: nothing builds chops like playing with other people. But where can you find that comfortable, forgiving jam for beginners to first get your feet wet? Right here! We’ll learn the dynamics and etiquette of group-playing and the song-circle format while highlighting tips for integrating your instrument into an ensemble setting.

You’ll want to have familiarity with the chords A, C, D, G, and F in this weekly class where all instruments, voices, and abilities are welcome!

*sign up for all 3 weeks with "Living Room Ensemble - Full Session" for a discount

Home Recording 101

$560

with Aaron Sternke

Calendar Next available session starts Mar 7, 2024 at 6:30 pm, runs for 8 weeks

Unlock the world of audio creativity with Home Recording 101! This 8-week, hands-on course is designed for aspiring musicians, content creators, and audio enthusiasts eager to establish their own recording space, dive into the fundamentals of home recording, from setting up your studio space to selecting essential equipment and understanding the intricacies of audio production. Open to all experience levels!





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