Campfire Club

Campfire Club

We’re on a mission to bring music back into daily life: one person, one song, one campfire at a time.

It isn’t an inherent gift or talent – anyone can play music. And it’s never too late to try something new or start again.

We teach and empower adults to play music together at every stage of learning and life. But this is more than just learning to play an instrument; this is a way to connect with music, with yourself, with others.

Music is communal – it’s meant to be created and enjoyed together. Music brings people together, and brings joy to our everyday lives.

This isn’t a performance – it’s a journey. Our Song Cycle method offers a safe space for adults to learn contemporary songs with us, then play them with others in celebratory campfire sessions. 

We’ll be here to guide you along the way with interactive tutorials and endless positivity. You can do this!

Join us around the campfire!

Enrolling adults with some musical experience for our Spring Season: January 21st – May 30th, 2024

Our Song Cycle Method

There are six song cycles in each season. You'll have 1-2 hours of active time per song cycle, scheduled at your convenience. Check out the tutorials over the first two weeks, and join your campfire session the third week.


Song Cycle 1

Song Cycle 2

 Song Cycle 3

Song Cycle 4

Song Cycle 5

Song Cycle 6


Interactive Tutorials 

on-demand videos, playalong tracks, & custom chord diagrams

song arrangements for all instruments & levels

learn at your leisure!

Campfire Session

celebratory 60-minute group class to connect all the pieces of the song

we try it together in a campfire-style playalong

plus, we’re reveling in this shared experience, in creating something bigger than ourselves!


Choose Your Instruments & Schedule

explore any & all of your favorites:





Piano & Keyboard

Violin & Fiddle

Drum Set & Cajón

Bass Guitar

chose your campfire time from your online calendar 

in-person, virtual livestream, or class recording 

Add Group Voice Coaching

find freedom in your singing through our certified Neuro-Vocal coaching

tap into your natural vocal abilities and unlock a healthy, sustainable sound

vocal warmups for every range, tailored to each studio song

break down key vocal elements & apply approachable techniques 

spotlight coaching for volunteers

small group sessions meet virtually at the start of every song cycle

select Mondays from 6:00-6:45 PM

video replay available


Standard Registration

open through January 8th, 2024

in-full payment of $567

add Voice Coaching + $220


4 monthly installments of $142

add Voice Coaching + $55 per installment

Early Bird Registration

open through November 3rd, 2023

in-full payment of $510 (save 10%)

add Voice Coaching + $198 


6 monthly installments of $94

add Voice Coaching + $36 per installment

New Player Orientation

one-time registration fee of $75

guided studio orientation

live Q&A session with Angie & Marcus

 instrument quick-start guides

make the most out of your season of learning and campfire connections!


Pay-What-You-Can Scholarships

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

open to everyone, priority for Black and Indigenous folks, trans folks, immigrants, people of color, disabled folks, and single parents

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  

email us to apply

Proceeds for Nonprofits

each season we give back 5% of Campfire Club tuition to a local nonprofit

spring 2024 proceeds benefit Boise Rock School

providing scholarships for kids

rural outreach via Rock on Wheels

recording classes through Juno Arts

performance opportunities through the Boise All-Ages Movement Project

thanks for helping us have a positive impact on our community!

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.  Here is a 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 Carwash” (The Stil, Push & Pour, & Wyld Child).  We also offer all our classes via Zoom so you can meet us from the comfort of your own home!

Campfire Club is for adults (age 18+) with some musical experience (novice players and beyond), who are looking for inspiration and community!  If you’re an absolute beginner or want to enroll with your teen or tween (ages 10+), then a full Membership is the way to go. 

Still not sure if you’d consider yourself a novice player or beginner?  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)

Violin & Fiddle

  • 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

Piano & Keyboard

  • 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 & Cajón

  • 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 season. Or, check out the Campfire Club if you already have a bit of musical experience.

We’re glad you’re excited to play music and wish we could help you get started right away!  

Our Song Cycles are cumulative, so it’s important that you start at the beginning of a season and learn along with the rest of the studio. We want you to have the best possible experience in our program and get you started on the right foot!

We book out months in advance, so it’s best to reserve your place in the next available season (dates specified above) as soon as you know you can commit.  If for some reason we happen to have an unexpected opening near the start of the current season, we’ll contact you and offer the opportunity to start sooner.

While you’re waiting to get started you can find your perfect instrument and get your music corner rockin’!

We get it — life happens!  If for some reason you can’t finish your full season we have a variety of options available for you.  The most popular option is to transfer your remaining membership to a friend or family member.  This is awesome, because now you’ll have a buddy to jam with!  You can also donate your remaining membership to our scholarship fund and share the musical love.

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…

Buckle up — we’ve got a lot to cover! 😂 

First off, we use Song Cycles 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!  We use these songs to teach you 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…

Interactive Tutorials 

This interactive module includes all your awesome song materials.  We’ll release it at the start of your Song Cycle so you can dive in whenever you’re ready to play.  Each song includes:

  • 12+ Recorded Instrument Tutorials (options for beginners and beyond)
  • 6 Custom Chord Charts (options for beginners and beyond)
  • 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! 😉).

Campfire Session 

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 completed your song cycle, now you can revisit the song 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.

Our studio songs are all suggestions from our players!  We usually choose suggestions that are 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.  You’re also free to explore any songs, artists, and genres that strike your fancy at your 1:1 lessons. 

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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