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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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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

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Hall Rental Information

We’re sorry to inform you that we are no longer in our building that we were pleased to have rented for hundreds of wedding receptions and events over the years!  It is now an antique mall.  The South Haven Center for the Arts has a nice space upstairs amenable to smaller weddings.  www.southhavenarts.org  Good luck!

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