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
Thinking about fall high school auditions? We have two opportunities for you to prepare:
This 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 email@example.com to register.
It’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 firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible to register.
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!
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
So 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)
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.
For 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 email@example.com to register.
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!
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
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to register.
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 email@example.com
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.
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