It's time for a breakthrough
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)
Here's one parent'S rave review:
"My almost 6-year old daughter has been attending Free Spirits for almost a year and she 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."
- Jonathan, parent of 3
Class dates + times
10:15 - 11 A.M.
11:15 - 12 P.M.
March 5-June 18
(no class 4/9, 4/16, 5/28)
Lead Teacher: Melissa Johnston
March 9-June 15
(no class 4/13, 4/20, 5/25)
Lead Teacher: Melissa Johnston
Performance: to be announced
Performance date, time, and location subject to change.
This is a 13 week semester. Classes are a 45-minute drop off class.
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.
INCLUDED WITH TUITION
FREE (regular price $397)
Get our in-depth online course Pre-Schoolers Play Guitar
FREE with your tuition.
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:
ONLY 6 KIDS PER CLASS. COme join us.
classes start in...
- 12 weeks of classes and one make-up class
- (2) advance tickets to our capstone rock show
- Free online access to Pre-Schoolers Play Guitar with 25+ songs + video lessons ($397)
- Classroom wrap ups delivered weekly via email
- Easy access to the schedule with Google Cal
1 payment of $997
3 PaymentS of $350
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 Mel Johnston and I'm a musician, writer, and educator based. I am committed to cultivating a love of music with my students that they will always carry with them.
The first song I can remember performing onstage was Frank Sinatra's "All the Way" at the age of six. From an even earlier age, though, I always had a love for singing and experimenting with my voice. As I grew older, I immersed myself in classical voice and music theory, skills that I use each day as a teacher, even if at the time I preferred belting my face off over the sounds of the rock and jazz bands I played with through high school and college.
While a student at New York University, I ditched my studies in classical voice in favor of studying literature and poetry, but still found myself making music every single day, on and off-campus. Now, as a teacher and performer, I've unified my deep loves of music and storytelling in order to empower the people I teach.
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.
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 45 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.
+ 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 is no one-on-one component for ages 4-6. For ages 7+, each child gets a 10-20-minute private session with Stephanie to create his or her original song.
+ 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!