YOUR KID DESERVES
write & PERFORM
an original song with
your own band.
we PRIORITIZE WHAT'S SACRED about self-expression.
- Kids learn how to channel their energy into playing a beautiful musical instrument. Their choice - guitar or ukulele.
Learn songs quickly like "Twinkle Twinkle" and "We Will Rock You" by putting stickers on the fretboard.
- Perform their original song at our capstone rock show with a professional band.
- Recognize the difference between a verse, a chorus, and a bridge
- Learn rudimentary chords like Am, C, and G
- Sing your heart out at fully-equipped, state-of-the-art rehearsal space in Prospect Heights
- Extinguish the story of shyness, self-doubt, and stage fright by leaving each week with a deep knowing that you are a creative person whose thoughts, feelings, and ideas matter
- Make new friends in our small classes (no more than 6 kids per class)
PARENTS LOVE OUR CLASSES:
Class dates + times
February 4 - June 10
(no class on Feb 18, 25, April 1, 8, May 27)
10:15 - 11 A.M.
11:30 - 12:30 P.M.
Lead Teacher: Stephanie Carlin
Class time: 60 minutes and drop-off
spring 2018 Performance:
SATURDAY JUNE 9 @ 1-3 PM
shapeshifter lab | park slope, brooklyn
Classes meet weekly at Complete Music Studios.
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 their big show at Barclays Center or BAM.
Enjoy one of the neighborhood's many cafes like Little Cupcake Bakeshop & Blue Marble, or grab homemade donuts across the street at R&D Foods. A scoop of ice cream is just next door at Ample Hills Creamery.
and get these upgrades...
5 private lessons,
before or after YOUR class TIME
In lessons, your child will work on instrumental technique and write their own original song.
Your child has the option to perform that original song at the June 9 rock show.
Get 5 (30 minute) private lessons with Sam or Caroline. Lessons take place right at Complete Music, either before or after your child's class time.
You'll receive a custom lesson schedule before classes start, and you get to approve all the scheduled dates and times.
PRE-SCHOOLERS PLAY GUITAR
This online course follows our curriculum in class and gives you a step-by-step guide to creating a daily practice routine at home.
The tutorials and trainings are designed for YOU, the parent, to follow along and support your child practicing at home. How?
By learning alongside them in short, 10-minute lessons.
The online course includes:
Teach Your Kid To Practice: An Online Training For Parents ($57 value)
A quick and valuable tutorial designed to empower you and your little one to practice at home. Use the Free Spirits' step-by-step guide for practicing in tiny, 10-minute chunks.
2 complimentary tickets
to the rock show ($24 value)
from LAST YEAR'S Mini Singer-Songwriters!
MEET YOUR SOULFUL, COMPASSIONATE TEACHERS:
+ Stephanie Carlin
Hi! I'm Stephanie Carlin, and I am so damn committed to creating a world where kids can express themselves without getting derailed by fear or self-doubt.
This program a gift for the right child. It's not for everyone - just for the right people.
Before I founded Free Spirits Music I taught at countless music schools. The staff was underpaid and overworked. The locations were often 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.
My classes are taught in high-performing studios built for rockstars. I create rock shows with packed crowds overflowing with excitement. Our prices are higher than other studios because we offer a heightened experience. I pride myself on paying our music educators a competitive wage - something that is severely lacking in today's industry.
I stand for every child being fully self-expressed in their artistic spirit. I created Free Spirits Music to give voice to exactly that.
I cannot wait to meet you.
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.
+ Caroline Getz
Bio coming soon!
Wanna try a FREE class?
Explore the studio, meet the teachers, & make your own guitar pick!
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 9 2018 @ 11:15AM
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 16 2018 @ 11:15AM
Frequently Asked Questions
+ What is your return policy?
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.
+ 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 should always do what's best for your financial budget! We offer a high-value, high-quality learning experience. Our end-of-semester performance is superior to many music programs in NYC. All that being said, scholarships and payment plans are available!
+ 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.
+ What is the girl/boy ratio?
It varies every year. In the past, classes have been about 70% girls and 30% boys.
+ 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, and you can purchse 5 of them through the VIP track.
+ What should I do if I have a question that isn't listed here?
Email firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll get you the answer!