10 Week Session

Fall ~ September to December
Winter ~ January to March
Spring ~ April to June

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.

Winter 2023 | Wedensdays 6:15p
Spring 2023 | Tuesdays 7:00p

Campfire Guitar Bootcamp 101 for Adults

Students enrolled in Campfire Bootcamp 101 will be given the opportunity to play and sing fun, varied songs with other people and will be given instruction for various ways to approach accompaniment. The songs will be kept simple to afford greater, relaxed expression and more material.

Winter 2023 | Tuesdays 5:30p
Winter 2023 | Tuesdays 8p
Winter 2023 | Thursdays 8p
Spring 2023 | Tuesdays 5:30p
Spring 2023 | Tuesdays 8p
Spring 2023 | Thursdays 8p

Campfire Guitar Bootcamp 101 for Youth

The Campfire Guitar for Youth 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.

Winter 2023 | Thursdays 6:00p

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’

Intro to Travis Pickin’
Winter 2023 | Thursdays 7:00p
the beginning
Spring 2023 | Thursdays 7:00p

Fretboard Harmony

How does the guitar work? 
 
This course is intended to provide the students with information needed to confidently navigate the fretboard. 
 
Starting with an exploration of scales and intervals we’ll learn how to build chords in any key, anywhere on the guitar, providing the student with the musical vocabulary necessary to improvise and add excitement to their guitar skills.
Spring 2023 | Wednesdays 6:30

Garage Band Revival for Adults

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.

2022-23 | Saturdays 2:00p
1/mo

Jazz Class

Open to all instruments, this course offers students the opportuity to explore improvisation strategies in a group setting.
 
During each 10 week session we will explore several jazz forms from ‘The Real Book’ including altered blues, simple bossa nova and swing standards. Students will learn to play the ‘Head’, explore comping strategies and practise soloing over 
Winter 2023 | Wednesdays 7:30p
Spring 2023 | Wednesdays 7:30p

Weekly Lessons

We offer 1 on 1 lessons in strings, piano and voice. This is the best way to focus on a specific topic and completely tailor your learning. Please fill out the placement form for us to suggest the best teacher for you. Once we connect you with an instructor, you can set up the scheduling and get started.

Recurring

1on1 | James Desautels

ASYLUMforART 2505 14 St SW, Calgary, Alberta

Born in Calgary, Canada, he began violin lessons at age 5. As a teenager he toured internationally performing classical and fiddle music. Upon achieving a Bachelor of Music degree with distinction from the University of Calgary, he moved to the United States and completed a Master of Music degree from the University of Arizona. He first gained international attention when he was extended an offer to tour with David Byrne of Talking Heads. Initially hired as a violinist, his role expanded and he began composing string arrangements for the ensemble. This collaboration led to world tours and commercial studio recordings.

Mr. Desautels has worked with David Amram, Arcade Fire, Austin Pops Orchestra as Music Director and Conductor, Marcia Ball, Garth Brooks, Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, Diahann Carroll, Natalie Cole, Elvis Costello, Christopher Cross, Sheena Easton, Falls, Nanci Griffith, Neon Hitch, Diana Krall, Ray LaMontagne, Yo-Yo Ma, Rejane Magloire of Indeep and Technotronic, Kathy Mattea, Bobby McFerrin, Don McLean, Willie Nelson, Jeffrey Osborne, Luciano Pavarotti, Pearl Jam, Itzhak Perlman, Bernadette Peters, Ray Price, Bruce Robison, San Antonio Symphony, Doc Severinsen, Frank Sinatra Jr., The Temptations, Thee Phantom, Vast, and Yoshiki.

Mr. Desautels is the solo violinist on the soundtrack to the Hollywood movie ‘Badland’. He is first violinist on the soundtrack for the series finale episode of ‘The Office (NBC), and a violinist on the soundtrack for Terence Malick’s film ‘To the Wonder’. He has toured China multiple times performing, and teaching master classes, in Jinan and Xian. Maestro Desautels has recorded music for Audium/Koch, Blue Rock, Disney, Microsoft, Nonesuch, Virgin Classics, Vitamin, Warner Music Group, and he composed the music for the short film ‘Talk Radio’. He performs and records playing a Charles Boullangier violin made in 1879 and listed in ‘On Stage’ magazine.

Free
Recurring

1on1 | Sarah Gibbons | Spring 2023

ASYLUMforART 2505 14 St SW, Calgary, Alberta

Born in Calgary, Canada, he began violin lessons at age 5. As a teenager he toured internationally performing classical and fiddle music. Upon achieving a Bachelor of Music degree with distinction from the University of Calgary, he moved to the United States and completed a Master of Music degree from the University of Arizona. He first gained international attention when he was extended an offer to tour with David Byrne of Talking Heads. Initially hired as a violinist, his role expanded and he began composing string arrangements for the ensemble. This collaboration led to world tours and commercial studio recordings.

Mr. Desautels has worked with David Amram, Arcade Fire, Austin Pops Orchestra as Music Director and Conductor, Marcia Ball, Garth Brooks, Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, Diahann Carroll, Natalie Cole, Elvis Costello, Christopher Cross, Sheena Easton, Falls, Nanci Griffith, Neon Hitch, Diana Krall, Ray LaMontagne, Yo-Yo Ma, Rejane Magloire of Indeep and Technotronic, Kathy Mattea, Bobby McFerrin, Don McLean, Willie Nelson, Jeffrey Osborne, Luciano Pavarotti, Pearl Jam, Itzhak Perlman, Bernadette Peters, Ray Price, Bruce Robison, San Antonio Symphony, Doc Severinsen, Frank Sinatra Jr., The Temptations, Thee Phantom, Vast, and Yoshiki.

Mr. Desautels is the solo violinist on the soundtrack to the Hollywood movie ‘Badland’. He is first violinist on the soundtrack for the series finale episode of ‘The Office (NBC), and a violinist on the soundtrack for Terence Malick’s film ‘To the Wonder’. He has toured China multiple times performing, and teaching master classes, in Jinan and Xian. Maestro Desautels has recorded music for Audium/Koch, Blue Rock, Disney, Microsoft, Nonesuch, Virgin Classics, Vitamin, Warner Music Group, and he composed the music for the short film ‘Talk Radio’. He performs and records playing a Charles Boullangier violin made in 1879 and listed in ‘On Stage’ magazine.

Free
Recurring

1on1 | Kayra Caner

ASYLUMforART 2505 14 St SW, Calgary, Alberta

Kayra Caner was born in 1998 in Istanbul, Turkey. She started to play the piano at age 5. She also practiced guitar for 3 years and studied vocal for 5 years. In 2010, she participated in Pera International Piano Festival in Istanbul.

Free

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