Lesson Membership

Create connections with your partner, family, or yourself through music!

Have you watched your friends make music and wished you could join? Do you play an instrument, but feel you’ve lost the spark of inspiration?

We’re here to help you break down barriers through a season of instrumental growth and discovery. Our custom curriculum is designed for adult learners and their families (ages 10+), and allows anyone, from absolute beginner to retired virtuoso, to play popular, contemporary songs from start to finish. You’ll close your season with the confidence to play the music you love with those you love.

We’ll see you around the campfire for your season of musical transformation!

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

Now featuring On-Demand Lessons and improved class scheduling flexibility to help you integrate music into your life on your terms.

Spring Season: January 22nd – June 6th, 2023

Early bird registration closes November 30th, 2022. Standard registration closes January 3rd, 2023 or when we reach capacity.

Seasonal Membership Details

For busy beginners and beyond — learn 6 Songs in 18 Weeks. 

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

  • On-Demand Lesson (play at your leisure)

    • Recorded Instrument Tutorials 
    • Custom Chord Charts
    • Play-Along Tracks
  • One-on-One Lesson (45 minutes)
    • In-Person or Virtual
    • Add additional a la carte lessons (schedule permitting)
  • Group Campfire Class (60 minutes)
    • In-Person or Virtual
    • Livestream Recordings Available

Seasonal Tuition Options:

  • Early Bird Full Payment – Save 10% 
    • $972 processed upon enrollment 
    • Add a la carte lessons for $81 each
  • 4 Easy Installments
    • $270 processed upon enrollment, and the 1st Friday of the month thereafter
    • Add a la carte lessons for $90 each

New Member Orientation:

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

 

Customize Your Experience

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

Choose Your Instrument(s):

Start with 1 or 2 from the list below, and then add more as you grow comfortable. Your On-Demand Lessons include access to every instrument tutorial (except voice, which we’ll explore together at One-on-One Lessons) — feel free to mix and match instruments throughout your season.

Guitar or Bass

Ukulele

Mandolin

Banjo

Piano or Keyboard

Voice (in addition to any of the above accompaniment instruments)

Violin or Fiddle

Drum Set & Cajón

Select Your Schedule:

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

Share With Family & Friends:

Bring a guest (age 10+) for $25 per event, space permitting (limit 2 events per guest each season).  

Frequently Asked Questions

You pick your schedule!  After you enroll for your season, we’ll contact you with orientation materials about three weeks before your start date. At that time you can start selecting your class times via the calendar in your online studio profile. You’ll sign up for one lesson and one Campfire Class for each of your six Song Cycles.  You can also add additional a la carte lessons if you choose.  Here is a pretty typical Song Cycle schedule (45 minute lessons in blue, 60 minute groups in purple):

Class Schedule

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!

Lesson Memberships are open to adults of any age, and to families with players ages 10 and up.  

We emphasize the family component (even if you are a parent who does not want to learn an instrument at this time) because teens and tweens need a supportive home environment where they feel free to take musical risks.  Also, everybody needs to be on board in celebrating musical experiences and exploration, instead of looking for specific outcomes.  We always say we’re playing the long game — music is a lifelong hobby and our job is to help create a positive foundation.

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 Lesson Membership. Or, check out the Campfire Music Club for an introductory class series.

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

Our song-based curriculum is 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…

On-Demand Lesson 

This bad boy 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 all levels)
  • 6 Custom Chord Charts (options for all levels)
  • 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! 😉).

One-on-One Lesson 

Now that you have a preview of the studio song, let’s use it to unlock all the musical goodness you’ve been dying to learn!  

Maybe your favorite musical artist is a great finger-pickin’ guitarist.  Then let’s dive in and try some finger style playing on the studio song!  

Need some help finding a part so you can play the song with your fam at home?  We’ll walk you through it step by step.  Or better yet, bring your family to your lesson and we’ll coach your jam sesh!

Wondering how to hit that high note while you’re singing along to the studio song?  Let’s try some vocal warmups so you can sing whatever you want with natural confidence!

Group Campfire Class 

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.

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. 

You’re free to explore any songs, artists, and genres at your one-on-one lessons.  And, feel free to add some a la carte lessons if you’d like more time to learn new songs.

Absolutely!  Thanks for sharing the musical love!  

Here’s how to gift a membership: fill out the enrollment form to reserve a spot for your lucky friend or family member in our next season. Once we see the enrollment form come through, we’ll follow up with you via email and send over a printable gift certificate.        

If for some reason the giftee is not able to attend all the classes in their season, you are welcome to attend in their place, gift the remaining classes to another person, or donate the remaining classes to our scholarship fund.  All classes must be redeemed during the season selected upon enrolling.  

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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