• Music School

Swallow Hill’s Music School provides on-line and in-person private lessons and group classes regardless of age or ability. Our 40 teachers, all professional musicians, teach in an experiential style and specialize in stringed instruments, percussion, piano and voice. We teach all ages, and our students range from beginners to accomplished musicians honing their skills.

Musical genres taught in our classrooms include Americana and roots, as well as bluegrass, world music, jazz, blues, rock, country and pop.

Core classes lay the foundation for playing your instrument.

Specialty classes are for intermediate to advanced players and focus on a specific skill or genre/artist.

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Spring Session starts March 8

Join us for our Spring Session. All classes for this session are in real-time via Zoom. Same great instructors and classes, now from the comfort of your own home! Registration is now open! Classes begin the week of March 8. Register early to save $8, and members still save $8!

A few nuts and bolts about taking an online class:

 

  • Students must have a device with a camera to participate.
  • Students can request a “mic-check” before class starts at info@swallowhillmusic.org.
  • Please be sure to get set up with a Zoom account before class. Download the Basic package here.
  • A Swallow Hill facilitator will be present in all classes to answer any questions.
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Swallow Hill is postponing all in-person music school events including group classes, private lessons, and workshops. Currently enrolled students will receive credits for their classes. We appreciate your help while we find a safe time to resume our in-person programming.

Tips for a great online class

  • Be in a well-lit spot without many shadows. It is better to be front-lit.
  • Be aware of what the rest of the class can see behind and around you.
  • Make sure both student and teacher are close enough to the camera and at the right angle so you can see what the other is doing.
  • Have your computer or tablet plugged in. These programs can drain batteries quickly.
  • Please mute your microphones while you are not speaking/singing/playing as to cut down on noise interference. Access advanced audio settings per device for additional assistance and features.
  • Avoid echo – use the same device for your microphone and speakers.
  • Headphones are recommended for the best possible audio and microphone.
  • Don’t forget about the in-class chat option!
  • Please try to tune your instrument before class, if possible.