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$5,404
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45
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15days to go

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Wed, July 10 2019 4:00 PM UTC +00:00.

About

I started teaching private in-home piano and guitar lessons seven years ago, driving all over Brooklyn from Greenpoint to Ditmas six days a week. Together with the kids and their parents we've built a strong musical family, which we've celebrated at an annual recital each June. 

I am thrilled to have the opportunity to take a big next step toward growing and strengthening this community. This September I will be opening Echo City Music Lab in Clinton Hill, a music school and performance space designed to serve these talented young musicians. 

Here are a few of the things I am excited to offer that were not possible as a roving music instructor:

Group Lessons

Many educators now consider group lesson formats to be the ideal way for beginner musicians to develop their skills. Here are a few of the benefits of group lessons that are difficult to recreate in a private lesson setting: 

  • Students learn not only from their teacher, but from their peers as well.
  • Healthy competition and the desire to keep up with peers motivates practice.
  • Playing together in an ensemble helps students develop critical listening and rhythmic skills.
  • Students gain experience performing in front of their classmates which translates to confidence in larger performances.
  • Group activities and games sustain attention and create a fun environment in which to learn musical concepts.

Providing group lessons will make it feasible for me to offer scholarships to students who need them. 

Gig Nights

Individuals who go on to become skilled public speakers and performance artists are often the ones who got their start performing in their community at a young age. With monthly "Gig Nights," students can hone their confidence in a safe and supportive space. These shows will be headlined by local musicians and bands to help inspire this new generation of creators and performers. 

Workshops and Summer Intensives

This space opens up endless possibilities for workshops taught by guest musicians on a broad range of topics from technology to vocal technique to music history. Echo City will eventually host a recording studio to give students hands-on experience with the magic of record making. 

The money you help raise will be used for:

  • 6 digital pianos and 3 iPads for the group lesson program
  • An upright piano for private lessons
  • Microphones and a PA system for performances
  • Headphones, music stands and chairs
  • A few small construction projects

We have some incredible rewards, many generously donated by friends of Echo City:

Pledge $10 or more

  • Thank you so much for helping make Echo City a reality! Your name will be listed on the "Supporters" page of our website.

Pledge $35 or more

  • Echo City Tote Bag.
  • Carry your books, tools, or vegetables in style! The design will be announced in early July.

Pledge $45 or more

  • ArtShack "Staircase Vase."
  • Beautiful and funky ceramic "Staircase Vase" created at ArtShack http://www.artshackbrooklyn.org/

Pledge $75 or more

  • Tote Bag With Surprise Cassette and Vinyl.
  • You get the Echo City tote bag, but this one is filled with at least one cassette and one vinyl from friends of Echo City (at least two different artists). A hand picked surprise!

Pledge $80 or more

  • Birthday Party Singalong.
  • Isaac Gillespie has entertained children as a music enrichment teacher at dozens of preschools all over New York as well as at the Children's Museum of the Arts since 2011. He will bring a custom twenty minute music class to your child's birthday party with sing-along and ukulele. (Limited to NYC).

Pledge $90 or more

  • Guitar Set-up.
  • Luthier Ethan Bassford will bring out the full potential of your guitar, bass, or other non-viol stringed instrument. Setup includes adjusting action, intonation, fret cleaning and polishing, nut height, and sundry tweaks to improve sound and playability according to your preferences. (Limited to NYC).

Pledge $100 or more

  • Intro to Ableton and Electronic Music.
  • Get a 45-minute lesson from synth wizard Noah Prebish. (Limited to NYC).

Pledge $110 or more

  • Alexander Technique Lesson
  • You’ll build awareness by getting to know how you’re thinking and moving. You’ll learn ideas that allow you to experience any activity with less effort and tension while finding more ease, flow, and optimal balance--great for musicians! (Limited to NYC). www.alicemac.com

Pledge $125 or more

  • Piano Tuning.
  • Get your home piano tuned up and sounding great! (Limited to NYC). http://littleearpianorepair.com/

Pledge $150 or more

  • Gig Night Seasons Pass.
  • You'll get free entry to all of our monthly "Gig Nights" for the entire 2019-2020 school year!

Pledge $300 or more

  • Professional Studio Time.
  • You get 3 hours of studio time assisted by an in-house engineer at Pinch Recording, a state-of-the-art recording studio in Long Island City, Queens. https://pinchrecording.com/

Pledge $500 or more

  • Name A Piano.
  • You get to name one of the 6 full-size digital pianos used for the group lesson program! A plaque with the name will be displayed on the side of the keyboard, and we will refer to it as such in the classes.

Music in video: "Tempelhof" by Nate Terepka

Risks and challenges

The plan is to open the doors of Echo City on September 16, 2019. This will require overcoming the many real-world challenges that could crop up in the preparing the space. I am confident that with the help of this community and the drive to bring this space to life, this goal will be met.

The long-term financial viability of this space will require ample interest and enrollment in the group lesson program.

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