Campfire Club

Campfire Club

Connect with your instrument and your community with every new song.

Campfire Club is for players who want to join other musical enthusiasts to learn and play songs together! Each month, you’ll learn a new song using self-paced online tutorials and print resources. Then, you’ll  join in on a campfire jam with other students, where you’ll learn how to integrate your part with the group and we’ll play the song all together. It’s a truly incredible way to participate in and contribute to your musical community!

The deets:

  • Open to players age 18+
  • Some musical experience required (know how to read a chord chart or lead sheets/sheet music)

Have you visited our site before?  If so, you’ll notice we’ve updated and streamlined our Campfire Music Club — hooray!

Now featuring On-Demand Song Tutorials and flexible Campfire Class scheduling to help you integrate music into your life on your terms.

Fall Season: August 6th – December 19th, 2023

Early bird registration closes June 6th, 2023. Standard registration closes July 18th, 2023 or when we reach capacity.

Campfire Club Membership Details

For novice players and beyond — learn 6 Songs in 18 Weeks. 

Each of the 6 Song Cycles is a three-week unit and includes:

  • On-Demand Tutorials (learn at your leisure)
    • Recorded Instrument Tutorials
    • Custom Chord Charts
    • Play-Along Tracks
    • Print Materials
  • Group Campfire Class (60 minutes)
    • In-Person, Virtual, or Recorded

Membership Tuition Options:

  • Early Bird Payment — Save 10% 
    • $510 processed in-full upon enrollment
  • 4 Easy Installments
    • $140 processed upon enrollment, then 1st Friday of the month

New Members Orientation:

Includes a guided orientation, live Q&A sessions, and online resources. There is a one-time studio registration fee of $75.

Customize Your Experience

You’re steering the ship — we’re here to help!

Choose Your Instrument(s):

Your On-Demand Tutorials include instruction for the instruments below. Learn as many as you like throughout your season!


Select Your Schedule:

Use your online calendar (available after orientation) to choose your group class times.  Reschedule up to 24 hours before your event.  View a typical Song Cycle schedule here.

Campfire Club is our giveback program — thanks for helping us have a positive impact on our community! 

Pay-What-You-Can Scholarships

Reducing barriers to making music.

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

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

PWYC has a suggested sliding scale of $200-500 for the season.  You decide what’s comfortable for your situation while also valuing our time and contributions as teachers and artists.  Please email us to apply.

Proceeds for Nonprofits

Supporting organizations that make a difference.

Each season we select a local nonprofit and give back 5% of proceeds to our community. 

Fall 2023 proceeds benefit Boise Rock School, a nonprofit providing scholarships for kids, rural outreach via Rock on Wheels, recording classes through Juno Arts, and performance opportunities through the Boise All-Ages Movement Project.

Frequently Asked Questions

You pick your schedule!  After you enroll for your season, we’ll contact you with orientation materials. At that time you can start selecting your class times via the calendar in your online studio profile. You are also welcome to join in on our virtual office hours to ask questions about the current song.  

Here is a calendar snapshot of a typical month:

We always offer more classes than members so there are plenty of times for you to choose from, as well as options if you can’t make it in-person. 😊

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!

The Campfire Music Club is for adults.  If you’d like to enroll with your teen or tween (ages 10+), then a Lesson Membership is the way to go.

The Campfire Music Club is for players with some previous musical experience.  If you are an absolute beginner, please check out our  Lesson Membership program.

For the Campfire Music Club, here’s what we recommend for each instrument:

Guitar, Ukulele, Mandolin, Banjo, or Bass Guitar:

  • Confident tuning your instrument
  • Ability to read a chord chart
  • Comfortable following a “lead sheet” (chords over lyrics)


  • Confident tuning your instrument
  • Ability to read sheet music (as an overall reference, not “sight reading”)
  • Comfortable playing in first position in keys with up to 3 sharps or flats


  • Ability to read a chord chart
  • Comfortable following a “lead sheet” (chords over lyrics)
  • Sheet music knowledge recommended if you’d like to play melodic riffs

Drum Set/Percussion

  • Comfortable keeping time with a group of musicians
  • Understanding of how to adjust your volume to suit the song and group

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 Campfire Music Club experience. 
As a studio member with Boise Music Lessons, you’ll gain the insight and tutelage of not one, but two enthusiastic teachers! Angie and Marcus Marianthi are the dynamic duo here to guide you on your musical journey.  Here’s a little glimpse into their backgrounds…

We’ve created a custom, song-based curriculum to help you learn all of the tangible musical concepts that you’d learn via traditional method books.  The difference is, learning through popular, contemporary songs is a lot more fun and motivating!  You can focus on whatever your heart desires — from strumming chords to playing melodies, or even improvising if that’s your jam!  Here’s how it all goes down…

Song Cycles 

We release a new song every three weeks (6 total) throughout your season.  Learn each song at your own pace through the following On-Demand Materials:

  • 12 Recorded Instrument Tutorials (options for multiple playing levels)
  • 6 Custom Chord Charts 
  • 2 Play-Along Tracks with Adjustable Playback Speeds (chords/vocals & melodic riffs)
  • Sheet Music Print Materials
    • Lead Sheet (chords and lyrics)
    • Melodic Riffs (2 options with full score)
    • Optional Scale for Improvisation Inspo

And quick FYI, you do NOT need to know how to read sheet music or even learn to read it to be a fantastic musician. Most folks in our program choose to only play from the lead sheet with chords and lyrics. The other options are mostly there for the overachievers (we see you, former school orchestra peeps! 😉).

Group Campfire Classes 

This is where the real magic happens! After two weeks of playing your chosen part of the studio song at home, we put it all together as a group.  This is a class, not a rehearsal or performance, where we show you how to contribute and integrate your part with the group. We build the song bit by bit, and share in the delight of hearing everything come together. And finally, once we’re all feeling comfortable and confident, we play the song all the way through. There’s not a way to truly capture the feeling of playing together and creating something bigger than ourselves. Words or videos don’t do it justice — it is something truly unique, and best experienced authentically in the moment, that will leave you inspired and wanting more.  

And beyond!

Once you’ve learned your new song, you can revisit it whenever you’d like! You can try it on a different instrument, or find new ways to play it as you grow as a musician. And best of all, now you can jam this song with friends and family.

For our studio songs we usually learn a variety of contemporary music that’s enjoyable to play around a campfire.  This usually means something in the folk, rock, or country genre, though we’ll play anything catchy and fun!  Songs by Brandi Carlile, The Decemberists, The Beatles, The White Stripes (the more acoustic-ey ditties), The Avett Brothers, and any artist featured on the “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” soundtrack are usually studio-wide favorites. 

Absolutely!  Thanks for sharing the musical love!  Please email us and we’ll get you all set up.

We love jammin’ in person, especially when the weather is nice!  We run a wood stove in the winter and evaporative coolers in the summer to help keep everyone comfy in our outdoor space.  

That said, sometimes it’s good to have the option to move the party online.  We generally host group classes online under the following circumstances:

  • Temperatures below freezing or exceeding 100° F
  • Air quality exceeds 130 AQI (high orange)
  • Icy roads
  • High winds

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.  

In-person classes are conducted with spacing and maximum ventilation.  One-on-one lessons are hosted in our Open Air Studio.  Group classes are conducted in our outdoor Community Classroom.  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.  

Open Air Studio

Community Classroom

Or saxophone lessons? Or the trumpet, recorder, flute, etc?

We wish we could teach all the things!  Right now we’re sticking to the instruments we know best, which are listed above under “Choose Your Instrument.”  If you don’t see what you’re looking for, please shoot us an email and we’ll do our best to recommend another great instructor.

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