Madison Music Foundry Announces Slew of Fall Offerings

Recent News 22 Aug 2011

Madison Music Foundry Announces Slew of Fall Offerings

The Madison Music Foundry continues to impress with its sizeable cirriculum of affordable programs for musicians of all ages and stripes.

Recently MMF announced a new lineup of Fall events:

Ladies Rock Camp

Sept. 30 – Sun., Oct. 2 (9am-5pm) at the Foundry

Showcase: Sun., Oct. 2, 7pm at The Brink Lounge

This is for all of you ladies who heard about Girls Rock Camp & thought “I wish
they’d had that when I was a kid!” Ladies Rock Camp is a one-of-a-kind, three-day
musical adventure. Camp brings together women of all walks of life and all levels
of experience for a weekend of instrument lessons, songwriting, band practice and
workshops, all culminating in a showcase concert at the The Brink Lounge! Women
19+can register. NO MUSICAL EXPERIENCE NECESSARY, no instrument necessary, just
a desire to rock!! There are no excuses, you’re never too old to rock! And we’re
know everyone is busy, so we made it just 3 days. This is a place to let loose
and make music with some remarkable women!!

Music Theory

September 11 – October 2

$110 | $100 MMF Students

Topics: Basics of Music (melody, harmony & rhythm), The Next Step (intervals, chords,
keys and time signatures), Digging Deeper (chords part two, four-part harmony),
Harmonic Analysis (altered chords, modes, substitutions)

Rock Workshop

Rehearsals begin September 16-18

Application Deadline: August 19

$375 (Financial assistance available)

In Rock Workshop everyone is a rock star. Kids and adults get to practice for eight
weeks with an instructor, learn  three songs, write at least one original, record
at professional recording studio Blast House Studios, and play a packed show at
Madison’s top rock venue the High Noon Saloon. Since Rock Workshop began in 2008,
over 120 students in 34 bands have recorded over 100 songs and played seven live

Hip Hop Workshop

Rehearsals begin September 16

Application Deadline: August 26

$350 (Financial assistance available)

This workshop will start with separate  classes about making beats and writing rhymes.
Then the two groups will  be brought together to work out songs. Everyone will write
and record  two originals. The gig takes place simultaneously with Rock  Workshop.

New Hip Hop Workshop instructor Bradley Thomas has toured in hip hop groups for
the past 15 years


October 9 – November 13

The Songwriting series walks you through the steps of composing your own  music.
It helps answer questions such as, “How do I write lyrics?” or “I  have parts,
but how do I turn them into a song?” This class will give a  framework for converting
your creative ideas into a workable form for  you or anyone else you’d like to share
them with. The class culminates in a live performance at a local music venue.

Business of Rock

December 4-18

How do you get gigs or book a tour? What are effective ways to get your  music “out
there”? How do you  find a booking agent, manager, or publicist, and how do you
make sure  you’re getting a good deal from those people? What should you know about
copyright and royalties? These are all questions  that every serious musician asks,
and this class covers them all. This  is all the stuff you NEED to know whether
you’re looking to tour the  country or just play locally once in a while. Each class
will have a guest speaker.

Group Classes

1st or 2nd Wednesdays – FREE!

Interested in starting a new instrument? Group classes cover everything you’d want
to know to get started. Topics include: how to shop for an instrument, buying vs.
renting, equipment, accessories, maintenance, a demonstration and group lesson with
a chance to try out some instruments.

Sept. 7: Guitar, Oct. 5: Chamber Strings, Nov. 2: Brass, Dec. 7: Percussion

Musician’s Toolkit Series

Third Sundays

The Musician’s Toolkit series is a monthly class that focuses on  something of interest
to a large group of musicians. The classes are  $5 (or free for Foundry students)
and open to anyone.

Sept. 18: Drum Maintenance, Oct. 16: Collaborative Songwriting, Nov. 20: Well-Being
and Avoiding Injury

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About the author

Rick Tvedt

Rick is publisher of Local Sounds Magazine, formerly Rick's Cafe, Wisconsin's Regional Music Newspaper. He is also the Executive Director for MAMA, Inc., a non-profit organization that produces the Madison Area Music Awards and raises funds to promote youth music programs.

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