ABOUT the ASYLUM for ART

For 25 years we have been bringing the highest quality education and performances. We have assembled a great cast of teachers and performers to provide the best music in the city!

WHAT WE OFFER...

Group Classes

We offer group classes for all ages and levels from preschool to senior, from beginner to advanced. Our teachers are experienced, compasionate and intent on giving you the best experience following this path to becoming a better artist. It is great to have the camaraderie and social experience these fun classes can bring.

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Private Lessons

We offer private lessons for all ages and levels. This is a great way to customize your learning and put yourself on the fast track to getting to where you want to be.

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HomeSchool Groups

Programs for all school ages and PreSchool during the day

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Clinics

Touring pros and local heros come in to impart their wisdom in their specialized field or study. These workshops are focused and are a great way to get into the head of the pros.

Clinics...

Shows

We bring in world class musicians into the intimate atmosphere at MOB Cafe @ The Asylum for Art, a fully licensed bar/restaurant. There is no better place to see music.

Shows...

Radio

All our shows and recitals are streamed live on ASYLUMforARTlive.com. We put on occasional radio shows and podcasts for your listening and learning pleasure.

ASYLUMforARTlive.com

Literature

Our teachers have spent a lifetime preparing the courses they offer and the books they have written for these courses are available to the public.

Literature...

Video/Streaming Services

For on site or mobile video recording and live streaming services for your concert, event, wedding, university audition or just about anything you are doing with post mastering and editing. We are an RCM remote exam location to provide top quality video and sound for your exam.

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1 on 1 Lessons

1 on 1 Lessons

We offer 1 on 1 lessons in most instruments. This is the best way to focus on a specific topic and completely tailor your learning. Please contact the instructor directly to set up scheduling or fill out the placement form for us to suggest the best teacher for you.
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Beginner Guitar

Beginner Guitar

How many strings does this thing have? You will learn this and so much more in this class.

This class is for the adult complete beginner who has never picked up the guitar or only knows a few chords and is having trouble making it sound like something anyone but your mother can love. We will learn:

Holding the guitar
Your first 10 chords
Time signatures and how to keep time
Bass Lines
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Campfire Guitar for Youth

Campfire Guitar for Youth

Campfire Guitar Bootcamp 101 for Youth Guitar Class for 9-15 year olds is a spinoff of the popular Campfire Bootcamp 101 for adults. Whether just beginning or experienced, students are given the opportunity to play and sing fun, varied songs appropriate to their age group. The songs are written out in an easy to understand format with basic instruction on how to approach accompaniment and soloing. Variations are included on how to expand those techniques to ensure all students reach their potential. Class size is kept small so students receive personalized instruction and the setlist is chosen primarily by the students.
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Campfire Pickin' 'n' Grinnin' Bootcamp 101 for Adults

Campfire Pickin’ ‘n’ Grinnin’ Bootcamp 101 for Adults

Participants of the Campfire Pickin' 'n' Grinnin' Bootcamp 101 class rock out to a wide variety of songs. From CCR to Doc Watson to Louis Armstrong to Jimmy Rodgers to The Eurythmics to Jack Johnson, we do it all and have a great time doing it. The songs are written out in a way that there is something for everyone. Beginners can do simple things to participate, learn how chord changes work and follow along. There are also alternate voicings for the chords, scale patterns and some extras to keep the more advanced players experimenting with new stuff.
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Fiddlin' Around with Liana

Fiddlin’ Around with Liana

Fiddle class is great for violin/fiddle students who are interested in exploring different styles of fiddle music from Celtic to Bluegrass, Folk to Trad and everything in-between!
You will be in a group class with other music lovers at your age and playing level and will learn many skills, including how to play a variety of fiddle music and how to play with others as an ensemble in a supportive and fun environment. Hone your skills in the art of fiddling in private lessons as well!

Plus, this is the only class you get to sit in the back and fiddle around…
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FingerPickin'

FingerPickin’

The FingerPicking Guitar Class will explore just that - FingerPicking. It is split up into 4 parts:

Intro to FingerPickin'
Intro to Travis Pickin'
More Accompaniment Patterns and Chord Melodies
Advanced Travis Pickin'

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Fretboard Harmony

Fretboard Harmony

Students enrolled in Fretboard Harmony Guitar Class will be given training in the idiomatic way the guitar works in all genres – from classical to country. The primary goal of the course is to become familiar with the rudimentary harmonic and melodic patterns used by the musicians we love and to unlock the mystery surrounding the recurrence of these patterns on the fretboard. We begin with fundamental musicianship training and expand that to the guitar. We explore artistic ways to approach improvisation. There is consistency between the musical examples for this class and Campfire Bootcamp 101 so students have an opportunity to put the theory into practice.
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Garage Band Revival

Garage Band Revival

This isn't a class as much as it is a great place to get together in small groups to play  and share music. It will complement the Campfire Guitar Bootcamp 101 well in that there will only be 1 meeting/month and rather than learning a pile of songs and riding the wave in a big group weekly. There will only be a handful of songs, small groups and proper arrangements. Experiment with songwriting and learn the ins and outs of making arrangements.
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Introduction to Jazz Guitar

Introduction to Jazz Guitar

This course offers students the first steps to playing jazz on the guitar. We will explore several jazz forms including altered blues, simple bossa nova and standards with descending fifth chord progressions.

By the end of the program students should have a small set of pieces that they will be reasonably comfortable playing in a ‘jam’ setting.
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Learning Blues Guitar With Tim Williams

Learning Blues Guitar With Tim Williams

A retrospective of American Blues. Learn one song from each subsection of blues history from the encyclopedia of blues guitar himself, Tim Williams.
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Slide Guitar with Tim Williams

Slide Guitar with Tim Williams

A retrospective of American Blues. Learn one song from each subsection of blues history from the encyclopedia of blues guitar himself, Tim Williams.
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Together with Heather PreSchool Adventure

Together with Heather PreSchool Adventure

Together with Heather Music classes are designed to instill a lifelong love of music, starting at a young age. Based on the understanding that children learn best through play, the focus is on being involved and having fun. The kids don’t even realize how much they’re learning! Besides early music concepts involving tempo, pitch, and rhythm, other important pre-school concepts such as sharing, turn-taking, and being brave are approached, all in a comfortable group setting where children are encouraged to participate at their own comfort level. In any given class you can expect dancing or movement, introduction to a new instrument, puppets or other visual props, and more – plus LOTS of original music that parents enjoy as much as the kids. You may be singing the songs for years to come…
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Youth Open Mic

Youth Open Mic

This is free and open to all. Please come on by with your instrument. We have a BYOM (Bring Your Own Mic) policy to be COVID friendly.

Starts Oct 20, 2020 and every Tuesday after… We will be switching to Thursday in the new year!
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