Chords Class for Adults 9/30: The what and how so you can play the songs you want!

Hey Northeast LA, Happy first day of fall! I'm happy to announce the first Chords Class of the season is one week from today. This class covers:

_ Chords basics and review for those who need it: major vs minor, some inversions. No experience required!
_ Diminished, augmented, and who the heck uses them and why
_ 7ths and 4-note chords (as time allows) - if we don't get to it and you're down, check out the class the following week (Thurs, Oct 8).

Sept 30, 6:30pm. Full details on Facebook, please RSVP! 

School's Back! Book your lessons today - even if you don't have kids!

Hi everyone, it's August already - somehow! It may not seem like it, but this is the busiest time of year for everyone, kids or not.

LA United starts school on August 18 and Glendale even sooner - August 10! – so please be sure to reach out to schedule your child if you haven't already. And if you don't have children and are thinking about piano or vocal coaching for yourself, the sooner the better - I only have a couple prime slots left, and they'll fill fast.

A few new items and dates:

  • Studio pool party this Sunday, August 9. If you're an adult piano, voice, or songwriting student, please RSVP and come swim! You probably walk by the pool many times and now's your chance to take advantage as well as hang out socially with other students (and me, the conversation is scintillating, not to brag). 
  • First songwriting group of the fall is Saturday, August 22, 3pm!
  • Don't forget classes begin again the week of August 17 for kids!
  • Lastly, I'm often told how beautiful the studio is and other teachers mention they would love to us it. Check out the new page: the studio is available a couple days a week when I'm not teaching to rent for out-of-towners or LA residents who want access to a grand piano in a quiet, private space. Studio rentals for rehearsals and teaching
  • Coming this fall: Living Room concert series. I'm talking to a incredibly talented local singer-songwriters about coming to the studio to perform poolside.

Thanks, and happy August!

Group classes coming up: April 2015 - chords & songwriting!

There are a few group classes coming up in April; one on chords, and the songwriters group series that is every 3 weeks. The dates: Saturday, 4/4, 12:30pm: Songwriters group Thursday, 4/16, 7pm: Chords class Saturday 4/26, 1pm Friday, 4/25 7pm: Songwriters group - updated date


WHAT: Group Chords Class - Get Augmented

WHEN: Thursday, April 16, 7pm
WHERE: BA Music Studio, Glassell Park
WHO: anyone, you don't have to be a current student! 
Cost: $25.

Please RSVP as soon as you're able; minimum 3 students / max 6.

This is a basic intro to chords beyond major and minor; when they're used, how they're formed, and some great listening examples. If you're curious about jazz(y) chords and their use in pop, broadway, and standards, come find out! This class is highly encouraged before moving on to extended note chords (7ths, 9ths, etc.).

WHAT IS IT?
The first music theory night at the new Bobby Apperson Music Studio!
Come Strike a Chord' * Covering chords (what - how - why) and what to do with them!
This kicks off 2015 group classes on a variety of music & theory subjects.

WikiPedia says:
Music theory is the study of how music is written and played. Music theory distills and analyzes the fundamental parameters or elements of music—rhythm, harmony (harmonic function), melody, structure, form, and texture.

WHAT ISN'T IT?
It is NOT a piano lesson and you don't have to perform or get up in front of people at all. A lot of it is written - on the board, on your clipboard, and then demonstrated and played.

DETAILS
* For adults
* Covering chords (what - how - why) and what to do with them!
* Visual, written, verbal and piano / interactive group lessons
* 7-8:15pm at the studio (PLEASE BE ON TIME or a bit early!)
* $25 and some snacks and drinks will be available
* bring a friend or partner!

At the end you can vote on upcoming subjects, like:
More of the same
Songwriting & melody
Composition
Performance class / master class
Guest artist classes (voice, guitar, other)
Improvisation
Ear training (hearing intervals and chords without looking)
Harmony / Voice leading
Listening party and/or music history


Also in April:
Songwriters group Saturday April 4. 

12:30pm arrivals (12:45 class start).
Class ends at 2pm. $30.

Everyone is having fun with this group and the assignments are fun and inspiring; so is hearing what others are working on!

This session's group assignment is a melody (optional 2nd melody) for song development. Please bring current song work as well to workshop afterwards if you want.

RSVP for the Songwriters Group

After the 4/4 class, next songwriters group is April 25 (they are every 3 weeks).


Thanks, happy music-making, and happy April! 

Nice brown console piano for sale in Atwater Village!

Now available in Atwater Village: a nicely maintained Mason and Hamlin console piano, brown, including a padded bench. Recently tuned, it's located in the house in front of my studio on Atwater Avenue - so come take a lesson and give it a look if you're in the market for a smaller piano!

Console pianos are shorter than uprights - while still having a nice tone and sound. This one appraised for $1,500 to $2,000 and is for sale for just $500. 

The piano for sale in Atwater Village, Los Angeles

The piano for sale in Atwater Village, Los Angeles

Contact Bobby for a lesson and to look at the piano!

 

MusiCamp LA in Silver Lake: Today's the last day for early bird registration

Don't forget: today's the last day for early registration for MusiCampLA, a new Silverlake summer camp for kids in elementary or middle school in the Los Angeles area.

Visit www.musiCampLA.org for all the details and to register your child today. 

At MusiCampLA, your child will get/get to:

  • Play new music with friends—on a professional stage!

  • Learn music fundamentals

  • Enjoy singing, keyboards, & percussion

  • Learn from guest vocalists and instrumentalists

  • Star in a music video!

And: Families enjoy a group performance on the last day

MusiCampLA is presented and hosted by experienced teachers Bobby Apperson (Atwater Village) and Ashlee Young (West Hollywood). 

June 16-20    |    July 14-18    |    Aug 4-8

All sessions are Mon-Friday, 9 to 2 daily

at Lyric-Hyperion Theater & Cafe*

in the heart of Silverlake!

*healthy lunch included!

Coming soon: Group Classes and Summer Camp at Bobby Apperson Music Studio!

Check back here soon for more information on 

The Atwater Village studio grand opening party and performance

The Atwater Village studio grand opening party and performance

  • Summer Camp for kids!
  • Group classes - children
  • Group classes - adults

These classes will feature, among other concepts:

  • Basics of piano
  • Songwriting
  • Chords
  • Music theory
  • Musicality
  • Singing in tune
  • Improvisation
  • Transposing (changing keys)
  • Accompanying yourself or someone else - singing while playing is hard!

Also coming soon:

  • The next studio open house! The Atwater Village launch party last month was for friends and family - the next, for students and the community. Come see the space, meet me if you haven't, and hear me and others play (or play, yourself!)
  • Adult student meet-ups for socializing and making music
  • Summer recitals!

Contact me today to be on the list for more updates as they come, to ask questions, or make a suggestion! Thanks!