Groups

Please click one of the categories below to see info about our group lessons.

GARAGE BANDS

 
Youth: Mondays 4-5, Wednesdays 7:30-8:30

Speak to your teacher or come in for an informal audition to be placed in one of our garage bands based on musical ability and taste in music. Try something new, learn new techniques, try another instrument, play the way you feel with a band beside you. Our professional instructors will help the group to have fun, expand knowledge and ability. This program is a commitment for the full term from start date to June.
Garage Band Offers:
•    One hour in studio weekly 
•    Learn more about studio equipment
•    Special guest, voice instructor for group intro to back up singing
•    Fully stocked studio to try new things
•    In house bands on stage party (cost to attend)
•    Performance opportunities at open mic nights
•    End of year Showcase at Almonte Old Town Hall with professional sound engineer

Banjo Jam Group

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Time to stretch yourself by playing with a small group of fellow banjo players. Learn some new songs and styles. Instructor, Trevor Lubin will be playing along, suggesting songs and new techniques to try while keeping the whole thing fun and friendly. Sign up for 4 weeks at a time.            $60 a month.

 

NEW! Mandolin Jam Group

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By request Trevor Lubin will be leading a one hour weekly combination of jam and lesson to improve your mandolin playing and adding on new repertoire, singing optional. Sign up for 4 weeks at a time.  $60 a month.

Adult Open Jam Group

 
Wednesdays 7:00-9:00.

A friendly drop in group, the Adult jam is for musicians who have been playing for a while and want to enjoy making music together in our full studio. Wednesday evenings from 7:00-9:00 pm bring your guitar, banjo, mandolin and voice along, everyone plays to their strengths and from 8; 00-9:00, instructor Trevor Lubin helps to put it all together and answer questions. Drop in fee varies from $10-$15 depending on number of people. (Roland Keyboard, PA and Drum Kit in the studio for use)

Kids Sing: (8-12 years)   

 
Mondays 6-7pm

Singing is a fun, social way to learn more about your voice and yourself. Learn how to harmonize with others and expand your own potential; maybe pave the way to a musical future. Our professional instructors begin with the basics; warm ups, rhythm, singing popular music and fun tunes to develop and encourage young singers.  Kids sing is great for boys and girls ages 8-11 who love to sing or who want to learn how to improve their voice.  The Kids sing program is a commitment for the full term from start date to June.
Kids Sing Includes:
•    Weekly one hour class
•    Microphone use and stage presentation practice
•    In house special open mic evening parties
•    Opportunity to perform at local open mics and other venues
•    End of year Showcase at Almonte Old Town Hall

Youth Sing: (12-16 years) 

Mondays 5-6pm

Singing for fun is foremost but leaning more about how to protect the voice, expand vocal range and stretch musically is what Youth Sing is all about. Professional instruction will help youth to prepare for open mics and other musical opportunities while improving skill and confidence. Youth will work on basic theory, ear training, and microphone technique as well as stage presence. The Youth Sing program is a commitment for the full term from start date to June 
Youth Sing Includes:
•    Weekly one hour class
•    Microphone use and stage presentation practice
•    In house special open mic evening parties
•    Opportunity to perform at local open mics and other venues
•    End of year Showcase at Almonte Old Town Hall

 

Songwriters Circle

Song writing is amazing. One moment you’re standing at the sink, humming to yourself – then some words come into your head. An hour later, you’re looking at a complete song, an expression of joy or sadness that never existed before, with the power to move the people who hear it. You look at it, you sing it to yourself, and you ask, “Where did that come from?”
Songwriters learn to write songs by listening to songs, and by talking to other songwriters, sharing experiences. They can share sources of inspiration, they can share knowledge about the craft of song writing, and they can encourage each other.
In this series of workshops – the Songwriters’ Circle – the focus is on the participants and what they are creating. Some of those around the circle will be brand-new to song writing, some will have a few songs and are wondering where to go next, some will have many songs to their credit, and will be looking for the next level. All of them can learn from each other.
The facilitator of the circle is David Keeble, a writer with hundreds of songs in his catalogue. He has been writing since he was 15, and is a veteran of several bands, many solo shows, including three appearances at the Ottawa Folk Festival, a CD, and performances of his work by others. He has a degree in musical composition from UBC, and studied for 2 years with the well-known composer Peter Maxwell Davies in London. At that time he wrote “serious” compositions for choreographers, choirs, and chamber groups – but he returned to his first love, popular songs, in the 1990s and has written or co-written hundreds of songs since then. David was a CBC music producer for 10 years.  He is happy to share the knowledge he has acquired about the inspiration and craft of song writing from his own daily practice and from gatherings of songwriters such as Writers Bloc in Ottawa and SongStudio in Toronto.   

But do not expect lectures. In the Songwriters Circle participants can expect to learn from songs they love – figuring out how they work and why they work - and also learn from their own songs and the songs of others in the circle. They can expect to present their songs, engage in gentle reflection led by the facilitator, and leave with some ideas about where to go next. You don’t need to be able to play an instrument to participate.
If you want to participate, please let us know about a couple of well-known songs you would like to learn about. If you have a song of your own you’d like to share with the group, please bring some copies of the lyrics. That, your instrument if you have one, and your willingness to participate is all you need.

 

September 8, October 6, November 3, December 1st   1:00pm – 3:30            
Drop in to check it out as a guest.  One year membership is $20

Regular HOURS

Monday-Wednesday: 12:00pm-8:00pm

Saturday: 10:00am-3:00pm
All other times by chance or apt.

ADDRESS

453 Ottawa Street - unit 5,
Almonte, Ontario,
K0A 1A0
Canada

For School: 613-256-PLAY (7529) 

mmmusicworks.school@gmail.com

For Store: 613-256-SING (7464)

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