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MINI SINGER SONGWRITERS

A Weekly Songwriting Program
in Prospect Heights

AGES 4-6 | ALL LEVELS WELCOME

 

THE “PERFECT MUSIC CLASS”
YOU’VE BEEN WAITING FOR

STREAMING NOW on:

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WRITE MUSIC, SPARK JOY.

Write & perform original songs

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Perform all-original music with your band. Hop on the mic and strum along with easy-to-learn chords.

Learn guitar & uke in 10 minutes

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Learn songs quickly like "Twinkle Twinkle" and "We Will Rock You" by putting stickers on the fretboard.

YOUR VOICE REALLY MATTERS

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Liberate shyness, self-doubt, and stage fright by singing & chanting empowering affirmations every week.

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“I love the stickers for the guitar! Genius!”

"I noticed such a big difference in her confidence level from the Fall to the Spring. I really like the wrap up emails and the audio/video to help her practice her songs at home.”

-- Keisha Husbands, parent

 

THEY’VE got a voice —
& THEY’RE ready to use it.

  • Let Shyness Disappear Write songs (not-so-secretly anymore!) with a band and fall in love with being a rockstar.

  • Discover A Lifetime Of Confidence Learn how to sing & play an instrument -- starting from nothing, to being on a stage, in 4 months.

  • Know What Your Kids Are Learning Parents receive a weekly wrap up via email after every single class with at-home practice guides.

  • Culminates In A Magical & Exclusive Capstone Event Celebrate our original songs and inner power at our family-friendly event.

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class dates + times

45-minute class
drop-off ONLY

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SATURDAYS @ 10:15-11 A.M.

Beginning September 21

See All Saturday Dates > >

FALL 2019: TECHNIQUE SEMESTER (13 Sessions)
Sept 21 || Oct 5, 19, 26 || Nov 2, 16, 23|| Dec 7, 14 || Jan 4, 11, 18, 25

SPRING 2020: RECORDING SEMESTER (14 Sessions)
Feb 1, 8, 29 || Mar 7, 14, 21, 28 || Apr 4, 25 || May 2, 9, 16, 30 || Jun 6

Annual Rock Show: TBA

Teachers: Caroline & Sam


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SUNDAYS @ 11:30 - 12:15 p.M.

Beginning September 22

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FALL 2019: TECHNIQUE SEMESTER (13 Sessions)
Sept 22 || Oct 6, 20, 27 || Nov 3, 17, 24 || Dec 8, 15 || Jan 5, 12, 19, 26

SPRING 2020: RECORDING SEMESTER (14 Sessions)
Feb 2, 9 || Mar 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 || Apr 5, 26 || May 3, 10, 17, 31 || June 7

Jun Annual Rock Show: TBA

Teachers: Stephanie, Caroline, and Sam


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LOCATION

a pro rehearsal studio
in the heart of prospect heights

 

Complete Music Studios 

227 St Marks Ave
(between Vanderbilt and Underhill Aves)
Prospect Heights, Brooklyn

Equipped with a relaxing waiting room and multiple restroom facilities, Complete Music Studios often has a place to park the scooters and strollers.

You can usually catch a superstar rehearsing here for shows at Barclays Center and BAM. 

Nearby trains: Q train to 7th Ave, 2/3 trains to Grand Army Plaza, C train to Clinton-Washington Streets
Nearby buses: B41, B69, B67, B45

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You have 2 choices here…

You can do ordinary guitar or voice or music classes anywhere in Brooklyn.

OR…

JOIN US AND BE A PART OF A MOVEMENT.

Limitless self-expression.
Unapologetic confidence.
Becoming a real artist.

This is what we want for your child… and for you, too.

PICK YOUR TUITION TRACK…

CORE TUITION:
FULL BAND ACCESS

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$245/MO

FOR 9 MONTHS
or $1995/year

upgrade for $80/month
& RECORD YOUR OWN SONG

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$325/MO

FOR 9 MONTHS
or $2750/year

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HERE’S WHAT YOU GET

CORE TUITION INCLUDES…

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26 Weeks Of
Cutting-Edge Rehearsals & Classes
Fusing Songwriting, Guitar, & Voice

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A Studio Recording of Your Band’s Song With National Distribution on Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon, Etc.

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Small Class Sizes
2 Expert teachers &
6 kids per class - max - and -
2 Makeup Classes in case you miss a week

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Perform Your Band’s Songs at our Annual Rock Show
- and -
Pro Music Videos of The Performance

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Ooh, do the upgrade!

ADD
“YOUR SOLO SINGLE”
TO YOUR TUITION

… and write, record, & release your OWN song

YOUR CHILD GETS everything listed above, PLUS:

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Private Lessons

Write your own song with the intention to record it in 4 additional 30-min lessons
($400 value)

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RECORD YOUR SONG

Make a studio recording of 1 personal, original song
($1500 value)

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OWN
YOUR SONG

100% Copyright of your child's individual song belongs to him/her
(fee included)

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RELEASE
YOUR SONG

Spotify & Apple Music will play your OWN song!
(fee included)

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“This is one of the most creative, attentive classes my son has ever taken.”

“Our son is taking classes at Free Spirits Music and Stephanie is AMAZING!!! She is the most encouraging, positive and fun teacher I have met! I highly recommend this class as not only a lesson learner but a social builder.”

— Kerry R, Parent

 

ALSO INCLUDED IN TUITION:

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ONLINE PRACTICE PORTAL
Lifetime access to recorded video lessons ($197 value)

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WEEKLY WRAP UPS
Unlimited email support directly with your 2 teachers

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A FSM METHOD BOOK
for at-home practice

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iCAL/GOOGLE CAL ACCESS
sync to our class schedule

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HERE'S HOW WE START OUR YEAR…

Sept 2019-JAN 2020

 
 
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GUITAR & UKULELE PLAYING

Learn to tune your instrument and memorize the note names. We are definitely going to sing to some goats (on the G string) and elephants (on the E string).

We use the Free Spirits Music Method Book to learn a new song on our instruments every single class. Our method makes sense to 4-6 year olds and has never, ever failed a single student. You also get an at-home video to play the song with your child at home.


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SONGWRITING

This is where we get that our voice really matters, and it’s important to speak our minds and our truth. Writing original songs help us to face our fears of being seen. We learn how to write a verse that tells a story and why a chorus should be catchy. We develop our understanding of rhyme scheme, metaphors, similes, and rhythmic patterns.


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singing

Since we’re in a beautiful pro rehearsal studio, we use the mics to harness the power of our voice as we rehearse our works-in-progress as a band.


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DECLARATIONS

We download your child with positive, affirming belief systems about who they are as artists and what they’re capable of.

We’ll spend time individually acknowledging each of them for any obstacles they may have overcome in class and leave each child present to his or her greatness. This may be the most impactful part of class.

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FEBruary & MARCH 2020:
RECORD YOUR SONGS

8 sessions

Be approved to record, schedule your recording session, & distribute it on Spotify & Apple Music.

Upgrade to record your own personal song,
like these 3 kids did:

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APRIL & MAY 2020:
PERFORMANCE fUN!

6 sessions

Become masterful with microphone technique | Learn to fill the stage with your voice and your body | Conquer stage fright once and for all | Rehearse your song with a professional band

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JUNE 2020:
YOUR ALBUM RELEASE SHOW

1 dress rehearsal | 1 show

This is your breakthrough performance, with a real band, at a real music venue.

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“My daughter looked forward to every single session.”

- Sara Cangelosi, Assistant Principal & Parent

HERE’S WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU REGISTER:

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  • You’ll pick which tuition plan works best for you and fill out our registration form.

  • Then we’ll do a happy dance in your inbox together! You’ll get an email within 15 minutes or so from us, including calendar invites for the entire program. Be sure to sync with our calendar!

  • Between now and the beginning of the semester, you’ll receive friendly, helpful reminders and updates.

  • Need a uke or guitar? We got you covered! We can even buy you one and have it ready the first day of class.

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MEET THE TEACHERS

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Stephanie Carlin

Founder, TEACHER

Learn More > >

Every couple weeks or so, I sit my 12-year old stepson down for our now obligatory talk:

👉Do not let anyone mess with your momentum.

👉Do not let anyone trick you into thinking you are not extraordinary.

👉You must speak your mind, even if you run the risk of being laughed at or made wrong in the name of something you believe in.

👉Your voice is powerful, and it matters.

I look him dead in the eyes as I say this, and he looks right back. Silently. He doesn't resist. He doesn't ignore me (remember he's twelve? That's sayin' something.) And when I'm done, he nods and quietly says, "Okay."

Which is why I wasn't shocked when he asked if he asked me if he could come to the Grammy's with me this year.

I'm conditioning him to be in the mindset of mastery. He wants to be around the masters of music. He has started to believe that it's possible for him to be a master of music.

Why? Because I told him so. And I do this for each of my 30+ students, too.

Hey there, I'm Stephanie. I am a singer-songwriter and the Founder of Free Spirits Music, and my mission is that every child gets that she is a powerful artist and her voice matters.

Before I created Free Spirits Music I taught at a half-dozen music schools. The staff was underpaid and overworked. Classes were a beat up church or the basement of a school, with little to no aesthetic or equipment. Teachers did their best to squeak a couple chords out of the kids, but they had limited training on how to comfort, encourage, or nourish the profundities of their students' thoughts.

At Free Spirits Music, I've changed all that. Classes are taught in high-performing studios built for rockstars. We play rock shows with packed crowds overflowing with excitement. Every moment is action-packed with technique, power, and intimate support.

Over the past 8 years, I've supported over 1200 songwriters in dealing with self-doubt and being creative every day. I also get to write songs with children with cancer, and I have the warm support of Yoko Ono on that project.

I cannot wait to meet you.

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CAROLINE GETZ

ASSISTANT DIRECTOR, TEACHER

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Hello! I'm Caroline. I'm a singer, guitarist, and songwriter. I'm a big believer in the power of self-expression, and it is my joy to help others find their voices through song.

Outside of teaching, you can find me singing jazz standards and bossa nova at downtown venues such as Zinc Bar (I go by my middle name, Ambrose Getz), or catch my band, Hexual Ceiling, groovin' at places like Rockwood Music Hall and Pianos.

I'm excited to bring the creativity + thrill of making music to each and every person who walks through our studio doors. Can't wait to create with you!!

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SAM DECKER

DIRECTOR OF LESSONS, TEACHER

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My name is Sam Decker, and as a versatile multi-instrumentalist, I perform and teach keyboard, drums, composition, and woodwinds.

Originally from the Chicago area, I attended New England Conservatory in Boston, where I studied with George Garzone, Jerry Bergonzi, Bob Moses, Ken Radnofsky, John McNeil, Frank Carlberg, and Cecil McBee. I also studied contemporary classical composition and improvisation with Katarina Miljkovic. During my time at NEC, I was selected to perform with John Hollenbeck, Dave Holland, Jason Moran, Lee Konitz, and under Christian Wolff during residencies, and was featured on New England Conservatory’s Jazz 40th Anniversary CD.

I am a member of the band Green and Glass and I co lead the Decker/LoRe Quartet with Alex LoRe, which released its first EP in 2012. I'm also a part of the Logan Strohsal Group, and our first record Up Go We was recently released by Sunnyside Records.

I currently teach at the Woodside Music Studio in Park Ridge NJ and I am a Teaching Artist with Arts Connection. I am a proud member of the Free Spirits Music family.

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“This was such a great experience for my 4 year old son.”

“How cool is it for a young child to be coached to write original songs and to learn the guitar, with a small group of peers, in a real recording studio?! Then to be able to perform on stage, with an amazing back up band, in a real venue! The teachers are amazing (and patient!) people. 

Additionally, the teachers provided an online multi-session music tutorial so that they can further practice their skills at home.

My son was one of the youngest in the program. I never imagined that he would ultimately sit up on stage, strum his guitar and sing a solo alone into the microphone! Only in Brooklyn and only with Free Spirits Music!”

— Allison Warenik, Parent

 

ORIGINAL SONGS

from our Mini Singer-Songwriters

"AGE IS JUST A NUMBER" from the June 2017 Rock Show

"HALLOWEEN" from the January 2017 Rock Show

ANIMALS GO CUCKOO from the Jan 2017 Rock Show

FAIRIES AND DRAGONS from the June 2017 Rock Show

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“My almost 6-year old daughter is hooked.”

“Stephanie is a genius with young kids. My daughter has really enjoyed working with the group to write her own songs and learning the basics of guitar. The rehearsal space in Prospect Heights is amazing and the semester end concert with a real backing band is an "only in Brooklyn" experience.”

— Jon Zeitlin, Parent

FAQ

+ What is your return policy?

Our classes are meticulously priced based on how many students we have. It's what keeps 6 kids/class and 2 teachers/class!

Half Year Tuition: We will happily offer a full refund up to 3 weeks prior to the first day of class. After that, your tuition is a non-refundable investment. You may transfer it to another child at no additional cost. We trust you to make a wise and thoughtful decision.

Full Year Tuition: Investing in an entire YEAR of weekend classes may feel risky, and we want you to feel so safe and taken care of:

The not-so-fine-print is that we work in a “semester” structure. If you reserve a spot for the full year, and then decide for whatever reason you don’t want to participate in the Spring Semester, we will give you the option to cancel your subscription. You’ll have that option until 3.5 weeks before the first class of the spring semester.

After that, these programs are a non-refundable investment. It’s how we are able to offer small class sizes with many teachers. We trust you make a wise decision.

+ Will you feed my child?

It depends. Healthy snacks are given to students in any classes longer than 60 minutes. Please make sure your child is well fed before class - it will keep away the grumpies.

+ This seems expensive. Why should we do this instead of something cheaper?

You're right, this is not the cheapest option out there. And you should always do what's best for your financial budget!

Full disclosure, right off the bat: Free Spirits Music is not just another cute extracurricular class. Nope. Not what we do.

I'm interested in building your son or daughter's character. Who they are in the world.

I know they're in the middle of building their identity. Their sense of self.

And to do that, they need consistency.

A safe space where they can try on different ways of being.

Honestly? This is not even about performing. They're not just getting up there just to perform.

They're doing that in order to learn to be artists who can proudly share their work.

A performance is a show... and this isn't just for show. This is for being.

Being someone who can feel their feelings, express them in song and words, and be courageous enough to risk sharing it with the world.

We offer a high-value, high-quality learning experience. And we've made it as affordable as we can with some great payment plans!

+ We are going to miss a few classes. Can you pro-rate us?

Because keeping a small class size is important to us, we cannot offer pro-rated prices for missed classes. The tuition from every child is carefully calculated so that we can afford finest studios, concert halls, equipment, and staff. However, we offer a makeup class every semester, and we'd love to have you there.

Personal songs will be in 100% copyright to the child who wrote it, even if they had support from our staff in writing it. Right now, group songs will be copyright to Free Spirits Music, simply because we’re not able to manage the copyrights of 6 different people - it’s complex. The children will also be taught a step-by step walkthrough of how to copyright their song and why intellectual property is important.

+ What is the girl/boy ratio?

It varies every year. We really champion girls in music, and our classes show it! In the past, classes have been about 60% girls and 40% boys.

+ Do you offer scholarships?

Yes! Every year we offer 4 partial scholarships and 1 full scholarship to families who otherwise wouldn't be able to participate in our programs.

If you'd like to apply for a scholarship, please fill out the form here. Scholarship recipients will be notified in early September 2018.

+ Where is class located?

Complete Music Studios, 227 St Marks Ave, between Vanderbilt and Underhill Avenues in Prospect Heights. Next to Ample Hills Creamery.

+ How much one-on-one time does my child get with their teacher?

There are 2 teachers in every class, and classes are VERY personalized and custom-created to each child's individual needs. Private lessons are the perfect addition to these custom classes. Superstar Songwriters have lessons included in their tuition, and Mini Singer Songwriters can purchase a 5-pack. Lessons happen the same day as class, either before or after class time.

+ Is the Free Spirits Music community really all that and a bag of chips?

It really is! The Free Spirits Music community is one of the most vibrant, supportive communities you can possibly join.

It’s a safe place for your chld to explore their confidence blocks with no arrogance or judgemental people.

Everyone is rooting for their success. It's so special.

+ What should I do if I have a question that isn't listed here?

Email info@freespiritsmusic.com and we'll get you the answer!

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