Workshops at Foundry Hall

Workshops are a great way to get playing, keep playing, learn about a style or technique, broaden your knowledge and meet other people.  Foundry Hall hosts workshops taught by musicians including professional traveling artists, veteran local musicians as well as amateurs who want to share their skills and knowledge with others.  If you have an idea for a workshop send us an email and we’ll help make it happen!  foundryhall@gmail.com

Upcoming workshops (click on title for more details and tickets):

TUE 6/2/15    7pm      Intro to Blues Guitar with Tom Rasely

SAT 6/13/15    2pm      Finger-style Acoustic Guitar with visiting artist Hiroya Tsukomoto

TUE 6/23/15  7pm        Song Lyric Writing with Tom Rasely

SAT 6/27/15 10am       Guitar Theory Made Simple with Tom Rasely

SAT 7/11/15 10am     Finger-style for Strummers with Tom Rasely

 

Beginner Group Guitar (ages 12-16)

In this small group class, students will learn about their guitars, how to tune the strings, play chords and read chord charts and tab. This will give them basic skills introducing them to the world of guitar playing. In this group setting, the kids will play together with the opportunity of helping and encouraging each other along the way. We will learn some songs to play right away so that the kids are making music and having fun from the start.  Students may join after it starts if there is room, but may need a catch up lesson depending on skill level.

Instructor: Lotte Resek

Time:  Mondays, 3:00-4:00 starting April 20th

Cost: $10/class

Space is limited so send us an email if you are planning on joining us!

Kid's Beginner Group Guitar

In this small group class, students will learn about their guitars, how to tune the strings, play chords and read chord charts.   This will give them basic skills introducing them to the world of guitar playing.  In this group setting, the kids will play together with the opportunity of helping and encouraging each other along the way.  We will learn some songs to play right away so that the kids are making music and having fun from the start.

Teacher: Lotte Resek

Cost: $10 per class (you need to have your own guitar!)

When: Thursdays (starting 4/16/15) 4:30-5:30pm

Where: Foundry Hall at the Warren Center, 540 Williams Street, South Haven, MI

To register or for more information please email foundryhall@gmail.com or call 269-220-0444

Kids Beginner Group Ukulele Class

In this small group class, students will learn about their ukuleles, how to tune the strings, play chords and read chord charts.   This will give them basic skills introducing them to the world of ukulele playing.  In this group setting, the kids will play together with the opportunity of helping and encouraging each other along the way.  We will learn some songs to play right away so that the kids are making music and having fun from the start.

Teacher: Erica Huizenga

Cost: $10 per class (you need to have your own ukulele!)

When: Wednesdays in March 4:30-5:30pm

Where: Foundry Hall at the Warren Center, 540 Williams Street, South Haven, MI

For more information please email foundryhall@gmail.com or call 269-220-0444

Rhythm on the River Festival

Foundry Hall is embarking on a new project for next summer.  July 23rd, 2016 is the date for RHYTHM ON THE RIVER, a one day music festival showcasing local and regional musicians and their original work.  The event will also feature food and beverages from our local and regional restaurants and breweries.  

We are working to put together a  lineup of talented musicians playing in a variety of musical styles that will draw many fans in the area, as well as please those lucky visitors in town that weekend.  This will be a family friendly event, but also sophisticated for music lovers and and comfortable for those just lingering over a snack or beer.

If you would like to help make this event happen through a sponsorship or donations please contact us:

Foundry Hall
220 Broadway, Box B
South Haven, MI 49090
269-220-0444
foundryhall@gmail.com

What is Community Music?

What is Community Music

Community Music is people participating in music together.

Community music includes folks of all skills and ages playing together.  It is participating in a Song Swap, an impromptu jam session between a high school student and an experienced band leader, or students in a group lesson talking about what they practiced between sessions. It’s lending instruments, equipment, and resources to those who will use them, and sharing knowledge, skills, and experience in private lessons and workshops.

Community music is volunteers offering to play music in classrooms for young kids, or with older folks in their homes. It’s an Open Mic performance in front of friends and fellow musicians, or an audio technician helping a talent show performer get comfortable with the microphone and audience. It’s audience members sharing their favorite moments of the performance. Community music is non-competitive and non-judgemental— it’s an opportunity to play, share, learn, create, and enjoy music without fear of failure.

Connecting with others through shared musical experiences can be profound and life-changing. It can be the intangible moment that exhilarates or challenges us. It can be an experience telling us we belong: we can all play or sing a song, or we can help someone find their own song. We enjoy another person’s performance with others, and feel that we are part of the room, a part of the experience. We can meet other folks with similar interests and play together for fun, healing, support, and growth.

These are the benefits of belonging to a musical community. Foundry Hall is creating a space for these opportunities. We invite everyone to join us!

“The world of musicians always accepts new members.” — Wynton Marsalis

Doug Peterson

Doug Peterson - dougpetersonmusic.com

Doug Peterson plays and teaches guitar, piano, accordion, and brass-wind instruments (Tuba, Euphonium, & Trumpet). He also does workshops in theory, composition, and songwriting.  Having been classically trained on piano since first grade, he minored in Music Theory and Composition from Western Michigan University, where he also first started playing guitar.  Doug has now been teaching private lessons for over sixteen years.

Though his primary influence is classical, Doug performs and writes in several genres:  Celtic and folk rock being his two favorites.  He has been a part of the Escanaba City Band (a long-standing traditional brass band), Laurie’s Fault (an Irish pub band), and Sweet Geek (an Indie Rock group.)  Mostly performing as a solo singer-songwriter, he also has fifteen years’ experience playing as a bard at Renaissance and other festivals.  Two years ago, Doug was also featured as a finalist on AMC’s nationally televised talent show, “Showville.” Having completed two albums, one of his Celtic songs, and another of his modern compositions, Doug Peterson has also performed on three other albums with the Celtic band, Laurie’s Fault, and has been featured on the internationally distributed compilation album, “Celtic Dreams”.

Doug believes, first and foremost, that anyone should be able to play and enjoy music. As he is classically trained on piano, Doug tends to emphasize note reading, especially to younger beginning students, He also believes that having a basic sense of notes and theory can be indispensable to anyone.  That said, he accepts students of all levels and interests, and will help them learn anything they want in the way they want.

Doug Peterson knows from personal experience that HOW you practice is more important than how much you practice. He likes to challenge his students, making sure they are constantly bettering themselves.  Any of his students will tell you that having lessons with Doug is a combination of hard work, and lots of fun and laughter.

Doug teaches Classical, Folk, and Rock, and most enjoys working with beginning and intermediate students

Lotte Resek

Lotte Resek teaches beginning piano, guitar and ukulele.   Lotte studied piano and violin as a younger person and has studied guitar for several years as an adult.  She believes students are most encouraged when they can play familiar songs right away.  With a good knowledge of music theory she likes to mix in the way music works with each lesson giving students some musical context to go with their practice.  Lotte believes music is beneficial to everyone for its rewards and challenges.  She believes music is a life long project, unique to each individual and shaped by what we want to do and how much work we put into it.

Kid's Beginner Guitar Group Lesson

In this small group class, students will learn about their guitars, how to tune the strings, play chords and read chord charts.   This will give them basic skills introducing them to the world of guitar playing.  In this group setting, the kids will play together with the opportunity of helping and encouraging each other along the way.  We will learn some songs to play right away so that the kids are making music and having fun from the start.

Teacher: Lotte Resek

Cost: $10 per class (you need to have your own guitar!)

When: Wednesdays in March 4:30-5:30pm

Where: Foundry Hall at the Warren Center, 540 Williams Street, South Haven, MI

For more information please email foundryhall@gmail.com or call 269-220-0444

Foundry Hall Has Moved …

… Into the Community!

From October 2007 to December 2014, Foundry Hall hosted more than one thousand performances, celebrations, classes, films, and community events at 422 Eagle Street in downtown South Haven. The building– which many came to call “Foundry Hall” on account of our activities there– was purchased in late 2014 by new owners who plan to open an antique mall in the theater.  We’re moving on, and our name has moved with us.

Foundry Hall’s headquarters are now in the new office annex at the Robert Warren Center at 540 Williams Street in downtown South Haven. We have lots of educational and community music opportunities happening at this location so come and take a look sometime!  Some performances will be held at the Warren Center, but we are out in the community as well.  Check out our “locations” tab to see all of the places Foundry Hall can be found.

We will be booking music for a variety of spaces…so keep your eye and ear out for us!