Campfire Music Club

Campfire Social Club

It’s time for your monthly musical self care!  Connect with your instrument and your community around a cozy campfire in our outdoor classroom.  

At every class you’ll:

  • Unwind with your friends at your musical happy hour
  • Learn a fun sing-along tune with personalized instruction (as well as printable materials and online recordings)
  • Add to your song collection so you can jam at home with your family
  • Give back to your community!

The deets:

  • Choose from guitar, ukulele, banjo, or mandolin
  • Open to strummers age 18+
  • Space is limited to 12 participants.

Grab your instrument and your capo — it’s time to play some tunes!

Instrument Intro Series

For true beginners with zero experience — we’ll teach you everything you need to get started playing your instrument!

Social Strummers Series

For novice players and beyond — if you can can tune your instrument and know a few common chords, we’ll teach you how to play with a group! 

 

Tuition

4 Class Series: $175

**10% of all Campfire Music Club proceeds benefit the Boise Rock School capital campaign.  

Our favorite musical nonprofit provides scholarships for kids, rural outreach via Rock on Wheels, recording classes through Juno Arts, and is home to the Boise All-Ages Movement Project.

 

Scholarships

For every full price spot sold, a Pay-What-You-Can spot will be available.

The PWYC spots will be open to everyone, with priority going to Black and Indigenous folks, trans folks, immigrants, people of color, disabled folks, and single parents.

PWYC is a sliding scale of $25-$175.  You decide what’s comfortable for your situation while also valuing our time as teachers.  Please email us to apply.
 

The Campfire Music Club is on hiatus for Spring 2023.  Please contact us to be put on the waitlist for the next series, or join us for a Lesson Membership.

Frequently Asked Questions

Our studio is located on the Boise Bench — just off Latah near The Stil and Push & Pour.  We also offer all our classes via Zoom so you can meet us from the comfort of your own home!

We get it!  Performing music in front of others is right up there with public speaking for most folks.  This is why we never have recitals in our studio.  Our program is all about sharing and celebrating musical experiences — it’s not performance-based like traditional classical music education.  

We work hard to create a safe space for our studio members to play and explore at all stages of the learning process.  As both teachers and musicians, we participate in ongoing trauma-informed continuing education, and implement what we learn in our teaching philosophy and studio environment.  

We don’t allow any spectators (just players) at our group classes so everyone is equally invested and never put on the spot.  Whether you’ve been with us 1 month or 10+ years (like some of our die-hard musical enthusiasts), you’ll be supported and championed for your bravery as you play music. 

If you truly don’t feel comfortable playing with a group of other learners, you’re welcome to join the livestream from home, or watch the recorded class at your convenience. 

Thank you for trusting us to help guide you on your musical journey!

 

Trauma Informed Singing

We know it can be daunting to start your musical journey or rediscover your musical self. That said, while taking a single lesson or class is a fun experience, it doesn’t allow for a real transition in mindset or the development of connection and community.
 
You’re welcome to hear from our students before starting your class series to get a feel for our studio.

The Campfire Music Club focuses on fretted instruments like guitar, ukulele, banjo, or mandolin.  We teach the chords and strum patterns to each song, and occasionally use a capo to change keys.  The songs will have a vocal part so you’re welcome to sing along if you desire (not required, but very much celebrated!).

If you already play something that’s not on the Campfire Music Club list, feel free to bring it to your class in addition to your strummin’ instrument and give it a go!  We’ll also have some communal percussion instruments available for keeping the beat if you want to drum around a bit.

If you want to learn the violin, fiddle, piano, keyboard, drum set, or cajón —  yes, you can still join our studio!  We offer these instruments through our Lesson Membership.  In this program we also teach note reading, melody/riffs, bass lines, and improvisation in addition to chords and strumming.  

The Campfire Music Club is for adults.  If your teen or tween would like to learn an instrument, then a Lesson Membership is the way to go.  Families with players ages 10+ are welcome to join.

If you have a group of teens or tweens who want to play together we offer a variety of event options and can create a custom experience for your crew.

The health of our musical community is our absolute priority.  We are closely monitoring current health guidelines and are adapting our teaching practices accordingly to keep our studio safe.  We will always offer online learning options for our members both near and far.  

Group classes are conducted in our outdoor Community Classroom with spacing and maximum ventilation.  Masks are currently optional while community risk remains low.

Our creative adaptations have been featured nationally by Good Morning America, and locally by KTVB and the Boise Weekly.  

Community Classroom

We host the Campfire Music Club (you guessed it) outside around a campfire.  We run a wood stove in the winter and misters in the summer to help keep everyone comfy, and have the option to go under the shelter of our outdoor classroom.  

In the case of extreme weather, we’ll take our class online for an interactive virtual play-along.  We generally host online under the following circumstances:

  • Temperatures below freezing or exceeding 100° F
  • Air quality in the high orange or above (around 130+ AQI)
  • Icy roads
  • High winds

Absolutely!  Thanks for sharing the musical love!  

Here’s how to gift a membership: shoot us an email with the name of your giftee.  We’ll get you set up with payment and send you a printable or email-able gift certificate for any Campfire Music Club series, valid for one year after purchase.