Family Music Workshop
June 15th, 9AM-12PM, Ages 3-6 and their parents

Who: Open to students ages 3-6 and their parents (at least one parent must attend the workshop) who have little or no prior music experience.

Cost: $50 for one student and one parent (additional students are $25, additional parents are free!)

What: Looking to start lessons, but aren’t sure which instrument to pursue? Come explore piano, violin, and guitar with our three Suzuki instructors at Music Lessons Express! A free month of Suzuki group classes is included with registration and attendance. No instrument rental required.

Sample Schedule (subject to change):

9:00am: Violin Group Class with Ms. Erin
9:30am: Guitar Group Class with Dr. Ben
10:00am: Piano Group Class with Mr. Frank
10:30am: Snack Break
10:45am: Parent Workshop with Mr. Ben Outdoor Games with Ms. Erin
11:30am: Mini Recital

Instructors: Dr. Ben Lougheed, guitar instructor, Erin Heidrick, violin instructor, Frank Kuhny, piano instructor

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Beginning Violin Camp
June 29-30, 9AM-12PM, Ages 3-6 and their parents

A two-day immersive workshop designed for students interested in guitar.

Who: Open to students ages 3-6 and their parents (at least one parent must attend the camp) who have little or no prior violin experience.

Cost: $50 for one parent and one student (additional students are $25, additional parents are free!)

What: This two-day workshop is designed for students and parents who want to jumpstart their violin-learning journey and intend to continue Suzuki violin lessons at Music Lessons Express. Ms. Erin and Dr. Taylor will guide students through violin fundamentals including posture, first rhythms, ear-training, and familiarity with the instrument. No instrument is required to participate.

Sample Schedule (subject to change):

9:00am: Meet and greet, movement and music games
9:45am: Snack break
10:00am: Violin group class
11:00am: Parent workshop Student games

Instructors: Erin Heidrick, violin instructor, Dr. Taylor Giorgio, violin instructor

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Suzuki Book 1 Violin Camp
July 20-21, 9AM-12PM, Ages 5-9 and their parents

When: July 20th-21st, 9am-12pm

Who: Open to students ages 5-9 and their parents. Parental attendance is strongly encouraged, especially for younger students.

Cost: $50 per student What: This two-day workshop is designed for students in Suzuki Violin Book 1 (students must be able to play a minimum of Twinkle Little Star). Ms. Erin will guide students through the instrument technique, ear-training, and music theory necessary for successful early violin playing. Students must bring a properly-sized violin in working order for this workshop.

Sample Schedule (subject to change):

9:00am: Meet and greet, movement and music games
9:45am: Snack break
10:00am: Violin group class
11:00am: Parent workshop Student games

Instructor: Erin Heidrick, violin instructor

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Rock Band Camp
June 24-28, 9AM-3PM (extended hours available), ages 12-17, $199

This week long workshop allows students to perform in a rock band, learn how to improvise, study theory and more. The program ends in a concert showcasing the students performing rock and blues music. Students should have basic proficiency on piano, guitar/bass, drums, or vocals.

Who: Open to students ages 12+ with at least 2 years instruction on their instrument or a teacher recommendation.

What: Jam out at our summer Rock Band Camp 2019! Students will hone their music skills through small ensemble coaching, daily lessons, and jam sessions led by local performers. Students must provide their own instrument except for keyboard and drums.

Sample Schedule (subject to change):

9:00am: Small ensemble coaching
10:00am: Snack break, group games
11:00am: Large ensemble coaching
12:00pm: Lunch break
1:00pm: Semi-Private lessons
2:00pm: Songwriting workshop
3:00pm: Pickup

Instructors: Lyndon Thacker, lead instructor, Christopher Minami, coach, Alaundre Jefferson, drum instructor, Yessenia Gallardo, songwriting coach.

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Begnnning Guitar Camp
July 13-14, 9AM-12PM, Ages 3-6 and their parents

Who: Open to students ages 3-6 and their parents (at least one parent must attend the camp) who have little or no prior guitar experience.

Cost: $50 for one parent and one student (additional students are $25, additional parents are free!)

What: This two-day workshop is designed for students and parents who want to jumpstart their guitar learning journey and intend to continue with Suzuki guitar lessons at Music Lessons Express. Dr. Ben will work with students and parents on guitar fundamentals, ear-training, and music games. Students must provide their own guitar for the workshop.

Sample Schedule (subject to change):

9:00am: Meet and greet, movement and music games
9:45am: Snack break
10:00am: Guitar group class
11:00am: Parent workshop Student games

Instructor: Dr. Ben Lougheed, guitar instructor

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Advanced Guitar Camp
July 22-26, 9AM-3PM (extended hours available), $199

Who: Open to students ages 12+ with at least 2 years instruction on guitar or teacher recommendation. Students younger than 12 considered upon teacher recommendation.

What: This week-long workshop is designed for intermediate to advanced guitar students interested in improving their technique, playing in small and large groups, and learning music theory. Students must provide their own guitar for the workshop.

Sample Schedule (subject to change):

9:00am: Technique class
10:00am: Music theory
11:00am: Large ensemble
12:00pm: Lunch break
1:00pm: Group games
2:00pm: Individual lessons
3:00pm: End of day

Instructors: Dr. Ben Lougheed, primary instructor, Cody Switzer, guitar instructor, Jeremy Avalos, guitar instructor

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Instructors

Alaundre Jefferson
Drum Coach

Alaundre is a drum instructor and performer based in Crawfordville, Florida. He enjoys performing a wide range of styles including rock, funk, country, jazz, and gospel music. He is currently pursuing degrees in music education and performance from Tallahassee Community College.

Dr. Ben Lougheed
Guitar Instructor

Ben is a longtime instructor at Music Lessons Express where he is currently the Program Director. He is a registered teacher with the Suzuki Association of the Americas and has completed six levels of teacher training with them, including the Guitar Practicum. He holds a DMA in guitar performance from Florida State University.

Christopher Minami
Guitar Coach

Christopher is a recent addition to the Music Lessons Express studio, where he teaches classical and electric guitar, bass, and ukulele. He is currently pursuing a degree in guitar performance at Florida State University.

Cody Switzer
Guitar Instructor

Cody Switzer is a long-time instructor at Music Lessons Express where he teaches classical guitar and ukulele. He is the President of the Classical Guitar Society and Assistant Director of the Florida Guitar Festival. Cody is also a graduate teaching assistant at Florida State University, where he is pursuing his doctorate in guitar performance.

Erin Heidrick
Violin Instructor

Erin Heidrick is a violin instructor at Music Lessons Express where she teaches private violin lessons and PreTwinkle group class. She is a registered teacher and member of the Suzuki Association of the Americas and holds three levels of teacher training from them. Erin is a doctoral candidate in violin performance at Florida State University.

Frank Kuhny
Piano Instructor

Frank is currently a doctoral candidate in piano performance at Florida State University. He holds degrees in piano and electrical engineering from Notre Dame and is also a proficient organist. Frank is registered with the Suzuki Association of the Americas and has completed all seven levels of their teacher training. He holds additional training in piano pedagogy from University of Illinois.

Jeremy Avalos
Guitar Instructor

Jeremy is a longtime instructor at Music Lessons Express where he teaches classical guitar. He is currently a doctoral candidate in guitar performance at Florida State University and holds additional degrees in guitar performance and creative writing.

Lyndon Thacker
Guitar, Piano, and Drum Instructor

Lyndon is a lifelong musician and keyboard, guitar, and percussion instructor at Music Lessons Express. In addition to teaching private lessons and rock band, he is an active performer in the Tallahassee music scene and can be seen playing with Garnet and Soul, Mind Medicine, and HighTest, among others.