Kids’ protest album out today! Happy 4th!

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:

LOCKER ROOM ROCK: a protest album by people too young to vote

LockerBigFullSqaureMusic 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.

Watch the music video for the SINGLE “Presidential Blues”:
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View the official PROMO VIDEO for “Locker Room Rock”:
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BUY “Locker Room Rock”:
iTunes
Bandcamp

STREAM “Locker Room Rock”:
Spotify

Media inquires:
Rebecca Pronsky, Project Manager
rebecca@acmehallstudios.com
929-265-ACME

More info: LockerRoomRock.com

LaGuardia Audition Prep

Thinking about fall high school auditions? We have two opportunities for you to prepare:

2-HOUR LAGUARDIA VOCAL AUDITION INTRO WORKSHOP (Spring)

  • Sunday, June 11, 3 – 5pm
  • Sunday, June 25, 5 – 7pm

auditionprepThis 2-hour workshop will provide a solid introduction to the high school vocal audition process for students auditioning in the fall. Rebecca will assess each student for his or her level, suggest song choices and preparatory work for the summer, as well as run a mock audition. Students will leave the workshop with an audition prep packet including information on all NYC vocal program auditions, school-specific requirements, and song lists. $65. Workshop is limited to 5 students. Please email rebecca@acmehallstudios.com to register.

 

6-WEEK HIGH SCHOOL VOCAL AUDITION PREP CLASS (Fall)

  • Monday evenings 5:45 – 7:00: Sep 11, 18, 25, Oct 2, 16, 23
  • Thursday evenings 5:45 – 7:00 Sep 14, 28, Oct 5, 12, 19, 26
  • Friday afternoons 4:15 – 5:30: Sep 15, 29, Oct 6, 13, 20, 27
  • Friday evenings 5:45 – 7:00: Sep 15, 29, Oct 6, 13, 20, 27

58a7389c-f720-4877-96f0-8aabd8605341It’s time for high school auditions again, so we’re running our 6-week workshop for 8th graders interested in vocal programs at NYC performing arts high schools. Students will learn the skills to succeed at auditions for LaGuardia, Murrow, PPAS, Frank Sinatra, and other performing arts high schools in New York City. This class will prepare students for both the required rhythm and melody testing, as well as for singing a cappella in front of judges. We’ll cover what makes a great audition and workshop songs for each other. $250. The class is capped at 5 students and sells out quickly, so please email rebecca@acmehallstudios.com as soon as possible to register.

Scholarship program launches!

cropped-Brooklyn-Collaborative-EL-AppAcme Hall Studios is pleased to announce the launch of our new scholarship program! Our initial goal is to offer tuition-free lessons to up to five middle and high school students per semester.

Acme has partnered with Brooklyn Collaborative School: BCS 448, a 6 – 12 public school in Carroll Gardens/Red Hook, to identify musically gifted students who do not have the means to study privately.

With Brooklyn Arts Council as the program’s fiscal sponsor, your contributions are tax-deductible. Please consider donating!

BAC logoBecause natural talent flourishes and develops quickly in a one-on-one context, a semester of private lessons can be an invaluable opportunity.

You can help us us reach underserved students in the Brooklyn community who would benefit immensely from this kind of individualized musical experience.

Make a tax-deductible donation:

1.) Go to the Brooklyn Arts Council’s donation page.

2.) Write in Acme Hall Studios Scholarship Fund under “Designate your donation to a specific program or fund.”

Thank you for your support!

Rebecca Pronsky & Rich Bennett
Founders & Directors, Acme Hall Studios

New programs & events!

recording studentsSo much is happening here at Acme! Read on for information on our new programming initiatives, including a charity concert series, scholarship program, protest music compilation, audio production lessons, and our 2017 summer session.
All the best for a happy holiday season,
Rebecca & Rich


(Above: students recording background vocals for a children’s album by Acme voice instructor Joelle Lurie)


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Spring semester begins Feb 7.

Looking to learn guitar, bass, drums, voice, piano, cello, ukulele or audio production? Please fill out Acme’s lesson request form. We’ll get back to you right away with available lesson times and instructors so you can schedule your lessons and get started with your new musical project! Fill out Acme’s lesson request form.

Read more: Spring Semester Calendar :: Acme Faculty :: About Lessons


New Instrument: Audio Production

We now offer audio production lessons.

jessica-bassFor students ages 12+ interested in learning about production and engineering, we now offer private lessons working with Abelton, Pro Tools, and other music production software. Students will learn to record and mix both live and virtual instruments. Must have at least two years of study on an instrument, preferably piano, and own a laptop. Production software not included. Please email rebecca@acmehallstudios.com to register.


 

Charity Concert Series

Acme launches new concert series at the Greenwood Church!

Acme is proud to present a new seasonal concert series at the Greenwood Church Chapel (corner of 7th Ave between 5th and 6th Street). In partnership with the church, all ticket sales will go directly to local charities and community organizations. Our inaugural concert will be Friday, February 10!

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Registration open for summer intensives

Acme is running two one-week summer sessions for students ages 13 – 15. Each session is limited to 5 students only. The students work together in the studio writing, rehearsing and recording as a band.

SUMMER BAND & RECORDING INTENSIVE

Session I: July 3 – 7
Sesson II: July 10 – 17

Session runs 9am-3pm Monday – Friday with a final listening party on Friday afternoon.

Students will play together in a band, write original songs, learn about audio engineering, record a final song in our recording studio, get exposure to varied musical styles. Daily special guest speakers introduce students to new musical ideas and instruments! Last year’s topics included: Touch Sensitive Electronic Instruments, Musical Chaos, Music of the Shaggs, Lyric Writing, and Abelton & Sampling.

Ages 13 – 15. Students must be proficient on an instrument with at least two years of study. Maximum 5 students per week. $675

Listen to a song written and recorded by last year’s Summer Intensive students.

Please email rebecca@acmehallstudios.com for more information or to register.


eb78e26c-9f5c-4a7f-b251-6295762e3e71Kids’ Protest Music Recording

Acme to co-create kids protest compilation

Alongside our friend and music educator Jesse Krakow, Acme will be recording and releasing “Locker Room Rock,” a compilation of original protest songs written and performed by kids under the age of 18. Jesse has been working to collect new songs about the election, our country, human rights, etc. For more info please contact rich@acmehallstudios.com


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Gia Davis

12-year old Acme student Gia Davis is an extrovert and a music lover. She relishes in performing and has recently been working on playing piano or guitar while singing.

What instruments do you play?​
Guitar for 2 years, voice for 3 years. I have also been studying piano privately for 7 years and take harp and clarinet at school.

What is something new or interesting that you learned at Acme this semester?​
I learned to harmonize on songs and how to sing and play guitar or piano at the same time.

What is your favorite thing about Acme?​ ​
How quickly I am able to learn new things. My lessons at Acme are much more clear than at school.

If you could play with any musician in the world (at any time in history), who would it be?​
Beethoven — so I could show him all the songs I know that he wrote.

What are you doing over Winter Break?​
I will be hanging out with my grandparents in New Jersey and I will play guitar with my grandma.


Faculty News

Rebecca Pronsky (Co-Director) is working on a number of projects for 2017 including a new charity concert series and other initiatives to help support the local community through music. Her single “Snowing Sideways” will appear on the Nine Mile Records holiday Compilation for Standing Rock. rebeccapronsky.com

Juliet Strong (voice, piano) is getting ready to record a new album. She will be working with Acme Hall Studios, Michael Chambers and Dan Cantrell. This will be a bi-coastal collaboration including musicians from New York and California. For more info about the record, fundraising efforts and album pre-orders please visit juliet-strong.com

Fall Semester begins Sept 19!

new signageHello friends,
After a very successful summer program, followed by travels far and wide, we are finishing up a few recording projects and getting ready for fall semester. Spots are filling up quickly during peak hours, so we encourage you to get in touch as soon as possible to book lessons. Read on to see and hear what students at our summer program accomplished, check out our fall workshops, and register for fall semester lessons.
All the best for the rest of the hot days,
Rebecca & Rich


Now is the time to sign up for fall!

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Read more: Fall Semester Calendar :: Acme Faculty :: About Lessons


Summer at Acme

Our first-ever Summer Band Intensive rocked!

Acme’s summer program was a huge success. A group of advanced 13 – 14 year old musicians took part in our Summer Band Intensive, playing and writing songs together as a band. The experience culminated in the band making a professional recording in our studio!

Listen to their original song “We’re To Blame” on Soundcloud.

Throughout the program, special guest artists dropped in to teach our students about interesting musical topics and ideas —

Morgane Lhote worked with our Summer Intensive students on Abelton and they had a blast making crazy beats:

Laura Cromwell taught our Summer Intensive students about 60s cult favorite band The Shaggs and blew their minds with some truly crazy music:

Summer Intensive student Jordan tried out playing the theremin at Liam Singer’s clinic on touch-sensitive instruments:

Students learned about the role of chaos and noise in music with drum instructor Dave Richman:


UPCOMING WORKSHOPS:

LaGuardia Vocal Audition Prep Workshop

Thursday evenings 6:30 – 7:30: Sep 22, 29, Oct 13, 20, 27, Nov 3

Acme will be running a 6-week workshop for 8th graders auditioning this fall for vocal programs at NYC performing arts high schools. Students will learn the skills to ace voice auditions for LaGuardia, Murrow, PPAS, Frank Sinatra, and other performing arts high schools in New York City. This class will prepare students for both the required rhythm and melody testing, as well as for singing a cappella in front of judges. We’ll cover what makes a great audition and workshop songs for each other. The class is capped at 5 students and sold out quickly last year, so please email rebecca@acmehallstudios.com as soon as possible to register.

Workshop instructor Rebecca Pronsky is also available for private audition prep sessions. You may email her for more information.

Singing With A Band Workshop

Thursday evenings 6:30 – 8:00: Dec 1, Dec 8, Dec 15, Jan 12, Jan 19, Jan 26

For our advanced voice students, this is a unique opportunity to work with a professional live band. Singers will learn how to effectively lead a group of instrumentalists by understanding the roles of each instrument, musical terms used in a band setting, and how to make charts and transpose. The workshop gives singers the experience they need to develop important musicianship, leadership, performance, and communication skills. Workshop meets for 6 weeks with a performance to follow. Requires teacher approval. Maximum 4 students, ages 16+. $350

Email rebecca@acmehallstudios.com for more information.

 


Student Spotlight: Rufus Spann


9-year old drum student Rufus Spann moved to Brooklyn from London with his family about a year and a half ago and was one of Acme’s first students when we opened in January 2015. He sat down with us to tell us a little bit about himself.

What instruments do you play?​
Drums and a bit of piano and guitar. But I only take lessons for drumming.

What is something new or interesting that you learned at Acme?​
To keep a steady beat and not speed up.

What is your favorite thing about Acme?​ ​
The drumming studio is cool.

If you could play with any musician in the world (at any time in history), who would it be?​
Keith Moon.

What did you do this summer?​
I went to awesome beaches in Sweden, I went to England to visit old friends. We went to Estonia to see where my grandma was born and when we got back to New York I went to skate and climbing camp for a week.