THE WORK WANTS TO BE MADE, AND IT WANTS TO BE MADE THROUGH YOU. elizabeth gilbert

 

WHATEVER YOU THINK YOU CAN DO, OR BELIEVE YOU CAN DO, BEGIN IT. ACTION HAS MAGIC, GRACE AND POWER IN IT. goethe

"THE BEST TIME TO PLANT A TREE WAS TWENTY YEARS AGO.
THE SECOND BEST TIME IS NOW."

the Institute of Sound

After two delightful years teaching Singing Outside the Shower, I’m thrilled to offer a whole-person music education program - the very kind I would have wanted when I was an adult beginner! The Institute of Sound is a series for adult learners that explores both theory AND creative mindset, both practice methods AND performance, all with a focus on humor and more spiritual view of the creative process. In addition to workshops, group music making, and a culminating live performance, we'll work one-on-one in lessons so you can go carve your skills and gain confidence in your playing and singing. The series lasts four months, enough time to dig in, stretch and grow.

WHAT YOU'LL LEARN

  • How to Take Pleasure in Practice - Neuroscience & Mindfulness to the   Rescue
  • Demystifying the Magic of Songs - Music Theory 101
  • Achieving a Creative SMART Goal - Bring your musicianship into your     everyday life with a stretchy goal that's Specific, Measurable, Acheivable,   Relevant and Time-bound 
  • How to Write Songs: Showing Up Before You're Ready - Creating both words and music that are rich, meaningful and personal
  • The Art of Playing Well With Others - Etiquette and creative ideas for       jamming & collaboration
  • How to Be Your Best Self on Stage : authenticity & presence playing at high altitude 

OVER OUR FOUR MONTHS TOGETHER,
you'll get

  • 4 Half-Day Workshops featuring hands-on/voice-on learning, special guests, and a music jam. 
  • 8 One-on-One Lessons
  • Bi-weekly Creativity Prompts to juice up your writing & practicing 
  • Finale Show featuring performances by YOU and your fellow collaborators
  • A Repertoire of Songs to play & arrange with friends

WORKSHOP DATES: November 4th, 2017 Saturday December 9th 2017,  Saturday January 6th, 2018 & Saturday February 3rd, 2018

TUITION: $415/month for four months
discounted paying in full upfront

or, email Melanie with questions big and small!

TESTIMONIALS

"I sang down the hall, I sang out of the building. Melanie was inviting and supportive, breaking down some of my fears and showing me some techniques so I could find the voice I didn't know that I had. It was place where I could experiment and make mistakes, and I now see I actually CAN sing!" - Holly

"I felt genuinely transformed by the workshop offered by Melanie. She managed to de-mystify music theory and to give me hands-on tools for my own experimentation in the future. The class was educational, playful, and fully engaging. Highly recommended!" - Liz

"Melanie taught me that my voice is an instrument, like a guitar or piano, and then she showed me how to practice and play it. I know that with effort and intention, I will grow my voice and find its power and character. And, I gained confidence to sing in harmony after only an hour!" - Kenny

MY STORY

For much of my life I really wondered if what I heard was true - if I didn't learn music "as a kid", did that window of opportunity close forever? I sat on my hands for about 10 years, afraid the ship had sailed, but still sitting in the front row of every concert, surrounding myself with musicians. I was so passionate about music, often moved to tears, and often resentful that I couldn't join in. As much as I tried, I couldn't shake the desire to learn to sing, write songs and play more instruments.

Everything changed when I learned a bit more about...brain science. My fear wasn't a decree that this was impossible, it was just a sign I was up to something big, new, and hugely important to me. I searched out true-blue teachers who were able to meet my beginner level with dignity, and hold up believing lanterns for my dreams. I got a support structure in place so I could practice.  I learned techniques not just for instruments, but on how to enjoy the process, methods of practice that could bring me joy and presence rather than anxiety. And, several years later, I produced and recorded my first EP of original music, more formally stepping into my role as a performer.

It is my deepest honor to give back to support other adults and teens to do the same. My education includes countless music classes and lessons, as well as my learnings of the principles of creativity from Julia Cameron's The Artist Way, Kenny Werner's Effortless Mastery, Elizabeth Gilbert's Big Magic, Austin Kleon's Steal Like an Artist and the Academy for Coaching Excellence.