News

News from Acme Hall Studios including who's been in our studio lately, faculty performances, and upcoming events.

BIG NEWS for Fall!

Hi folks,

It's almost time for Acme's new semester to begin and we have some big news...

We are thrilled to let you know that Acme will be expanding this fall, adding on a new space next door!! We are about 90% of the way done, working on the final touches over the next few weeks. Though we are not yet ready for an official ribbon cutting, scheduled ensembles and classes will be able to meet in the new space. Info on a Grand Opening celebration TBA.

In the meantime, may we introduce you to:

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Acme's new space for classes and events.
What will you create here?

We look forward to making The Annex home to ensembles, group workshops, master classes, performances, and much more.

All the best,
Rebecca & Rich

 

FALL SEMESTER LESSONS

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Guitar - Bass - Ukulele - Drums - Voice - Piano

First Monday: Sep 17
First Tuesday: Sep 18
First Wednesday: Sep 12
First Thursday: Sep 20

REQUEST LESSONS

More about lessons and our faculty.

All fall lesson dates are listed on our calendar page.

 

LAGUARDIA VOCAL AUDITION PREP

Acme's vocal audition prep program returns for 2018. Students will learn the skills to succeed at auditions for LaGuardiaMurrowPPASFrank Sinatra, and other performing arts high schools in New York City. This popular 6-week class at Acme 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. 6 students max.

  • TUESDAYS: Sep 18, 25, Oct 2, 9, 16, 23
    5:45 - 7:00 with Rebecca Pronsky  2 spots left!
     
  • WEDNESDAYS: Sep 12, 26, Oct 3, 10, 17, 24
    4:15 - 5:30 with Shelly Girolami  SOLD OUT
    5:45 - 7:00 with Shelly Girolami  2 spots left!
     
  • FRIDAYS: Sep 21, 28, Oct 5, 12, 19, 26
    4:15 - 5:30 with Juliet Strong  1 spot left!

Please email rebecca@acmehallstudios.com to register.

 

ACME SUMMER RECAP

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In July, our Summer Band Intensive Program hosted 10 advanced Acme students for a week of songwriting and recording. Divided into two bands, they wrote, rehearsed, and recorded original songs. Check out the final recordings here:

"Mob Mentality"
by: Fever Dream (9th-11th grade band: Brianna, Conor, Jordan, Miles, Ruby)

"Sultry Sunday"
by: Fever Dream (9th-11th grade band: Brianna, Conor, Jordan, Miles, Ruby)

"In Spite of Silence"
by: The Last Line of Defense (7th/8th Grade band: Aleksey, Frankie, Jackie, Mia, Simone)

Rebecca Pronsky
Upcoming events, classes, lessons, and recording studio news

"I think good art happens on that edge between comfortable and in a lot of pain, you know what I mean?" - Liz Phair

 This is MIles. He rocked so hard on the drums, that he broke his sticks!

This is MIles. He rocked so hard on the drums, that he broke his sticks!

Hello friends,

Summer approaches as our semester winds down with just a few weeks left. We hope you'll join us at the Acme Spring Concert on Sunday, June 10. Over 60 of our students will be performing!

We've had some great recording projects come through Acme this season. More on that below, plus faculty news and gigs, an interview with an Acme student, and info on summer and fall lessons and classes.

We hope to see you in our studios soon!
Rebecca & Rich

 

STUDENT CONCERT: JUNE 10

Spring Concert

Join us for our end-of-semester student concert at ShapeShifter Lab (18 Whitwell Place in Gowanus) running 10am - 4pm on Sunday, June 10. Our students will be performing on piano, guitar, bass, ukulele, voice, and drums.

 

SUMMER LESSONS

Guitar - Bass - Ukulele - Drums - Voice - Piano

Join us for 6 lessons on a new instrument or extend your current lessons.
Summer lessons immediately follow spring semester. Tuesday & Thursday lessons only. The dates are:

  • Tuesdays (Jun 19, 26, Jul 3, 10, 17, 24)
  • Thursdays (Jun 21, 28, Jul 5, 12, 19, 26)

REQUEST LESSONS

 

FALL SEMESTER

Current students: please let us know by June 14 if you are returning for fall semester. All fall lesson dates are listed on our calendar page.

 
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STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: MAYA RUIZ

Our student spotlight this time around is Acme's resident lefty bass player and singer, Maya Ruiz!

Name: Maya Ruiz

Age:  9, turning 10 on July 12

Q: What instruments do you play and how long have you been studying each one?
A: I've been playing bass for two years and taking singing for three.

Q: What is something new or interesting that you learned this semester?
A: I learned how to scat sing and improvise.

Q: What is your favorite thing about Acme?
A: The nice and friendly teachers.

Q: If you could play with any musician in the world (at any time in history), who would it be?
A: I'd sing and play bass with Paul McCartney.

Q: What are you doing over summer break?
A: I'm going to sleep away camp and musical theatre camp.

 

RECORDING STUDIO NEWS

Acme's Studio Director Rich Bennett has been involved in a number of excellent projects this spring, including two releases on UK indie/electronica label Happy Robots:

1. The new single "If U Must Dance" by Sinosa was mixed by Rich at Acme. Check out the accompanying mod/80s/Laurie Anderson-inspired video:

2. Rich co-produced the new album by Rodney Cromwell, including the new single "Comrades" which was just released:

Also, Rich is currently recording and producing a new album by Brittany Anjou & Ghanaian xylophone (gyil) master Alfred Kpebsaane at Acme. The album features hypnotic beats, processing, and traditional African instruments. You can catch a live performance of Brittany and Alfred every Saturday in June at BarbèsWatch a clip from their last show.

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Acme hosted the podcast Millennial Politics earlier this spring for a recording of a fascinating episode featuring an interview with Dr. Michael Ralph, creator of the Treasury of Weary Souls.

 

LAGUARDIA AUDITION PREP

FALL CLASSES NOW ENROLLING!

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Acme's vocal audition program returns for 2018. In this 6-week class, 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 popular class at Acme 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. 6 students max.

  • TUESDAYS: Sep 18, 25, Oct 2, 9, 16, 23
    5:45 - 7:00 with Rebecca Pronsky

  • WEDNESDAYS: Sep 12, 26, Oct 3, 10, 17, 24
    4:15 - 5:30 with Shelly Girolami
    5:45 - 7:00 with Shelly Girolami

  • FRIDAYS: Sep 21, 28, Oct 5, 12, 19, 26
    4:15 - 5:30 with Juliet Strong
    5:45 - 7:00 with Juliet Strong

Classes are capped at 6 students and sell out quickly. Please email rebecca@acmehallstudios.com to register.

 

FACULTY NEWS & GIGS

Marcio Garcia (piano) has two gigs next week at Tomi Jazz in midtown: Wednesday, May 22 and Thursday, May 23: 11pm - 12:30am

Juliet Strong (voice/piano) will be singing with Accord Treble Choir in a concert entitled "On Wings: Birdsongs from Earth & Other Worlds" on Sunday, June 3 at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Carroll Gardens and on Saturday, June 8 at St. Ignatius Church on the Upper West Side.

Joelle Lurie (voice) will be singing at the world famous Tavern on the Green several times this month:

(Awesome sketch by Acme vocal student Mantis Harper)

Rebecca Pronsky
Summer Lessons & LaGuardia Prep Classes
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Hello friends,

We hope everyone had a fantastic spring break. As we near the midpoint for the semester, it's time to start thinking about summer! Did you know that we offer summer lessons? Summer session runs a short 6 weeks so it's a great time to try a new instrument. We are also ready to announce our upcoming high school vocal audition prep classes for summer and fall. In addition, we've got a new website! More info on everything below.

We hope to see you in our studios soon!
Rebecca & Rich

Summer Lessons

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As Mike Joyce of The Smiths once said "You can't show someone how to play the drums in six weeks, but you can point them in the right direction." Join us for 6 lessons on a new instrument! You'll be pointed in the right direction with a solid introduction.

You may also use the summer session to extend your current lessons. Summer lessons immediately follow spring semester with no break. Only Tuesday & Thursday lessons are available for summer. The dates are:

  • Tuesdays (Jun 19, 26, Jul 3, 10, 17, 24)
  • Thursdays (Jun 21, 28, Jul 5, 12, 19, 26)

Interested in learning with us this summer? Fill out this request form and you'll hear right back from us about available slots and instructors.

Read more about lessons at Acme.

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High School Vocal Audition Prep Classes

Acme's vocal audition program returns for 2018. In this 6-week class, 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 popular class at Acme 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. 6 students max.

FALL 2018 CLASSES:

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  • TUESDAYS: Sep 18, 25, Oct 2, 9, 16, 23
    5:45 - 7:00 with Rebecca Pronsky
     
  • WEDNESDAYS: Sep 12, 26, Oct 3, 10, 17, 24
    4:15 - 5:30 with Shelly Girolami
    5:45 - 7:00 with Shelly Girolami
     
  • FRIDAYS: Sep 21, 28, Oct 5, 12, 19, 26
    4:15 - 5:30 with Juliet Strong
    5:45 - 7:00 with Juliet Strong

Classes are capped at 6 students and sell out quickly. Please email rebecca@acmehallstudios.com to register.

Student Concert: June 10

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Join us for our end-of-semester student concert at ShapeShifter Lab (18 Whitwell Place in Gowanus) running 10am - 4pm on Sunday, June 10. Over 60 of our students will be performing on piano, guitar, bass, ukulele, voice, drums and more.


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Acme turns 3!
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Hello friends,
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

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Young drummer Oliver looks on as older drummer Rufus shows him some advanced beats.

WINTER CONCERT

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:

SPRING SEMESTER

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 drumsvoicebassguitarukulele and piano. Read more about lessons at Acme. Find our spring lesson calendar here.

Fired Up! CONCERT: March 2

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.

 
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SUMMER PROGRAM

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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 rebecca@acmehallstudios.com for more information and to register.

Rebecca Pronsky
Winter News & Recording Projects
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Hello friends,

As the temperature drops, we hope you're getting cozy with your favorite records or playing that guitar in the corner of your living room. This fall, Acme has been buzzing with energy from a number of excellent recording projects in the recording studio and the sounds of our nearly 90 students in lessons. As the semester winds down, we are preparing for our student concert coming up after winter break. It's always a joy to see our students perform and hear how much they've grown and improved musically over the semester. Spring semester begins Feb 6. If you'd like to learn with us, please get in touch.

Warm wishes for the holidays,
Rebecca & Rich

IN OUR STUDIO

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This fall we've had a lot of great projects coming through our studio for recording, production and mixing:

Brittany Anjou recorded some lovely vibraphone parts for the new Okkervill River album!

Mainstay NYC musicians Deidre Rodman Struck (The Lascivious Biddies) & Byron Isaacs (The Lumineers) are in the midst of recording an EP of delicate original pop/jazz songs.

Hologram Teen, the new electronica project of Morgane Lhote (formerly of Stereolab), released "Between the Funk & The Fear" on London's Polytechnic Youth label in October. The album was produced by Acme's Rich Bennett and is available on vinyl.

London based electronic-pop artist Rodney Cromwell is currently working on new material which will be produced by Acme's Rich Bennett.

My Demon Sister, a new project of Robert Conroy (Misty Roses), has been at Acme recording a new album.

SPRING SEMESTER BEGINS FEB 6

Current students: Please let us know if you will be returning by January 12.

Fill out our lesson request form or reply to this email if you'd like to learn with us. We offer private lessons in drums, bass, guitar, piano, voice, ukulele and cello. Our 16-week spring semester begins Feb 6. Read more about our faculty.

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STUDENT SPOTLIGHT

For this spotlight, we spoke with Sophie Lubinsky, whose warm smile and enthusiasm for music are contagious. Sophie began guitar lessons with Rich last year and added voice with Shelly this fall.

Name: Sophie Lubinsky

Age:  8 3/4

Q: What instruments do you play and how long have you been studying each one?
A: Voice and guitar. I've been playing guitar for 2 years and I've been doing voice for 4 months.

Q: What is something new or interesting that you learned this semester?
A: In guitar I learned strumming. In voice I learned vocal exercises.

Q: What is your favorite thing about Acme?
A: You get to choose what songs you want to learn.

Q: If you could play with any musician in the world (at any time in history), who would it be?
A: I think it would be Stevie Wonder!

Q: What are you doing over winter break?
A: I'm going to London for Christmas! And to see my family.

STUDENT CONCERT: JAN 28

Join us for our end-of-semester student concert on Sunday, January at ShapeShifter Lab. Students will be performing songs they've been working on this semester on guitar, bass, cello, voice, piano, drums and ukulele.

FACULTY NEWS & GIGS

Shelly Girolami will be singing in a concert of The Messiah this Saturday at Central Presbyterian Church at 7pm

Juliet Strong and her cousin Diana Strong (aka The Patty Dukes) released "Four Quatrains", an EP of original songs set to poems written by their great uncle Ed Strong.

Marcio Garcia and his quartet will be performing Sunday at Loosie Rouge in Williamsburg.

Rebecca Pronsky released "Witness: Hillary's Song Cycle", a concept album about Hillary Clinton, in November. The project was created by an all female team of musicians. Rebecca will be doing a live performance of "Witness" along with other political cabaret tunes on Saturday, January 20 at The Duplex in the West Village. Buy tickets. More info at witnesshillaryproject.com

Joelle Lurie has been super busy gigging around town and is doing 9 shows atTavern on the Green before the end of the year. 

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