The Songwriting Sessions: A Creative Practice for Youth Empowerment

Discover your authentic musical voice in The Songwriting Sessions, Apple Tree Arts’ Creative Youth Development pilot program happening this fall.

In The Songwriting Sessions, faculty member Alex Calabrese will guide students in exploring various musical genres, crafting lyrics, composing melodies, and gaining confidence in the recording process. During the sixteen-week program, students age 11-13 and 14-18 will come together virtually for an hour each week, and will also receive a 45-minute one-on-one coaching each month. At the end of the session, students will have a recorded EP of several songs written on their own or in collaboration with other students.

This program specifically aims to use songwriting as a tool to strengthen confidence and knowledge of self; build artistic, problem-solving, and expressive skills; and develop empathy, respect for others, and an increased ability to communicate with a diverse set of people. Students will be required to self-assess in these areas at the beginning and end of the program.

Some experience with a musical instrument is recommended but not required. Students who don’t own an instrument can borrow a keyboard from ATA. Alex will meet students at their skill level and assist each individual in improving, experimenting, and defining their own style.

Please scroll down to join the waitlist for this program! We will determine a class time that works for everyone once we open another session.

Teacher: Alex Calabrese
Day & Time: TBD (private coachings scheduled separately)
Session: 16 weeks
Tuition: $450
We aim to make this program available to all, regardless of ability to pay. Please don’t hesitate to apply for financial aid.

Financial aid applications are available here.

Piano Partners

Private lessons or a group class? Piano Partners is the best of both worlds!

Register below and we’ll pair your child (age 6-9) with another student for a 45-minute lesson—15 minutes of one-on-one time with their teacher and 30 minutes in class with their partner. Learning with a peer provides motivation, modeling, and JOY as the two children progress together.

Teachers: Kayla Cardin & Becky Lightcap
Runs: September 16– January 25 (specific lesson days/times to be arranged individually)
Tuition: $580 (includes materials)

Financial aid applications are available here.

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