After many years of teaching “private lessons,” we realized something — most people don’t want to play music as just a private experience, people want to play music with family and friends; they want to play music to build community!
Yes, we think lessons are hugely important to develop technical skills on an instrument, but they’re only part of the big picture.
- A multi-instrumental jam session — learn a song together with playing options for any level of musician, including absolute beginners!
- The featured instrument demonstration — explore a new instrument every month!
- “Open mic” performance time — gently build your performance skills in supportive environment consisting only of other learners. Participation is completely optional and always celebrated.
Choose from a few different styles of Hootenanny to find your musical peeps:
Fun Groups: play and explore together! Open to youngsters and families.
Focused Groups: jam and collaborate! Ages 13+
Sip & Strum Groups: enjoy a beverage while you learn a song with your friends! Ages 21+
Fun fact: “Pete Seeger, Woody Guthrie and other members of the Almanac Singers used the word Hootenanny to describe their weekly rent parties, which featured many notable folksingers of the time.”
“In 1962, Joan Baez made the analogy that a hootenanny is to folk singing what a jam session is to jazz.”