Today is 3 years since Acme opened for lessons and recording on 9th Street! We’re so proud of all the students who have learned and grown with us and of the great albums and musical projects we’ve been a part of. Our student concert this past weekend was a great success and our spring semester begins Tuesday! We have an amazing charity concert coming up and many more surprises for you to be revealed over the next few months.
Thank you for being part of our musical community!
Rebecca & Rich
Saturday’s Winter Concert at ShapeShifter Lab featured over 60 of Acme’s students performing songs they worked on on during fall semester. Watch a short sampler video of some of the performances:
Our 16-week semester begins this coming Tuesday! Fill out our lesson request form if you’re interested in learning an instrument.
A semester of lessons with our faculty of creative artists, composers, and performers is a unique opportunity. We offer private instruction in drums, voice, bass, guitar, ukulele and piano.
Tickets are now on sale to the next Acme Presents at Greenwood Church concert. “Fired Up: Songs of Action & Impact” will feature original songs about following convictions and affecting change performed by some of Brooklyn’s best musicians and songwriters. Join us Friday, March 2. All proceeds go to Emerge NY, which helps women acquire the necessary skills and training to run for office.
Acme’s week-long intensive summer band a recording program is back for 2018, July 9 – 13.
Section I: rising 7th & 8th graders
Section II: rising 9th and 10th graders
This program is for advanced students and provides a supportive learning environment with lots of personal attention. Students will:
– play together as a band
– write original songs
– get exposure to varied musical styles
– learn about audio engineering
– record a final song in our recording studio
Daily special guest speakers introduce students to new musical ideas and instruments! Past topics include Latin rhythm, punk rock, Indonesian Gamelan, touch-sensitive electronic instruments, lyric writing, and Abelton.
Program ends with a final performance/listening party on Friday afternoon.
Students must be proficient on an instrument with at least two years of study. Maximum 5 students per section. $685
Email email@example.com for more information and to register.
The days are getting longer, but probably not warmer just yet. Still we’ve got spring on the brain — Acme’s Spring Semester begins in just three weeks! If you’d like to learn with us, please get in touch.
We hope to see you in our studios,
Rebecca & Rich
Our 16-week semester begins February 6. Fill out our lesson request form if you’re interested in learning an instrument. Learning from our talented faculty of creative artists, composers and performers is a unique opportunity. We offer private lessons in drums, bass, guitar, voice, piano, ukulele, and cello.
Just announced! Our one-week intensive summer program is back July 9 – 13, 2018. For advanced students, this is a unique experience to write original music, play in a band and make a professional recording in our recording studio. Space is limited to 5 students per section (10 total). For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Join us for our end-of-semester student concert at ShapeShifter Lab, going on 10am – 4pm on Sunday, January 28. Over 60 of our students will be performing on piano, guitar, bass, ukulele, cello, voice, drums and more.
The next installment in our series Acme Hall Studios Presents at Greenwood Church will be Friday, March 2. The concert is called “Fired Up: Songs of Action & Impact” and will feature original songs about following convictions and affecting change performed by some of Brooklyn’s best musicians and songwriters. More info coming soon.
Lots of opportunities to learn, listen, and support music this fall:
Fill out our lesson request form if you’d like to get more music into your life this fall. We offer private lessons in drums, bass, guitar, piano, voice, ukulele and cello. Our 16-week semester begins September 14. Study with our talented faculty!
This fall, we welcome 3 scholarship students from BCS 448: Brooklyn Collaborative School to study drums, bass and piano with us. Funding for these students was provided by generous donations to our scholarship program by members of our community. Each student will receive 16-weeks of private instruction at no cost with a member of our faculty and an opportunity to perform live in our winter concert. Please consider adding a donation to our Scholarship Fund, so we can continue to provide tuition-free lessons to underserved students.
We are pleased to be presenting the next concert in our charity concert series on October 20. Many thanks to Greenwood Church for their continued support of these events. Buy tickets. Please join us:
A protest album by people to young to vote! “Locker Room Rock” was recorded at Acme Hall Studios and is out now. More info at LockerRoomRock.com
Watch a promo video for the album. It features many of the kids whose songs appear on the record and was filmed at Acme:
In July, Acme’s Summer Band Intensive program gave students ages 13 and 14 the opportunity to play together, write, rehearse and record original songs in our recording studio. We also had interesting musical guests in each day to introduce students to new topics and genres.
Over the winter, something very special happened at Acme. Following the election, we spent December and January recording original protest songs by kids under 18. Turns out they had a lot to say. In the spirit of patriotism, on today, July 4th, we officially release:
Music teacher Jesse Krakow has spent over a decade working with young musicians. In 2016, many of his students were inspired to write songs about the election, the state of the USA, and the newly elected President. As the inauguration grew closer, Jesse felt compelled to make sure the voices of protest from Americans under 18 be heard. He teamed up with longtime friend, recording and mixing engineer Rich Bennett of Acme Hall Studios to create a compilation album.
The result is “Locker Room Rock”, a protest album by people too young to vote. (The name is a dig at Trump’s famous excuse for his misogynist conversation with Billy Bush — that it was “locker room talk.”)
In the album’s 10 songs, it’s clear that not only do these kids really dislike the President, but they also have a nuanced and surprisingly profound understanding about what his presidency means. They have a lot of thoughts to share on the current political climate, greed, and the way their generation is viewed by the rest of us. They are smart, they are informed, and they get it.
“Locker Room Rock” is officially released TODAY, July 4. All proceeds from sales of the album will be donated to Planned Parenthood.
STREAM “Locker Room Rock”:
Rebecca Pronsky, Project Manager
More info: LockerRoomRock.com