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NO LESSONS DEC 18, 2020 - JAN 11, 2021

I will be in silent, solo meditation retreat during this time and won't be available to respond to communications until January 11th or 12th. If you need to purchase a gift certificate, you can use the self-service option here. I look forward to connecting with you after my retreat.

 

SONGWRITING & HOME STUDIO RECORDING WORKSHOPS STARTING JAN/FEB 2021

New live-online group cohorts for songwriting workshop and home studio workshop will be starting in January and February 2021. More info and registration at my other site: transformusical.co

 

EXCITING ADDITIONS COMING EARLY 2021!

I'm adding an Online Community, Online Group Cohort Workshops, Online Self-Study Courses and Inspiring Interviews, Videos & Articles as part of my process of overtly merging of my connections to music and transformational work. Find out more at: transformusical.co & evolvesing.co

 

VIDEO LESSONS DURING THE WINTER DUE TO COVID-19

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, I will be teching lessons exclusively via video (Zoom) during the winter 2020/2021. More info about video lesson here. And more about my coronavirus response here.

 

WARM WEATHER IN PERSON OUTSIDE SOCIALLY DISTANCED LESSONS

I offered outside socially-distanced lessons at my location during warm weather in 2020 and will be doing so again in 2021 until the pandemic subsides. Please contact me for more details about outside summer lessons.


transformusical

Evolved Musical Instruction
coupled with Transformational Work.

Singing. Songwriting. Recording. Guitar. Piano. Bass. Ukulele.
Online Community | Online Group Cohort Workshops & Self-Study Courses
Private Lessons | Inspiring Interviews, Videos & Articles

 

LIVE ONLINE GROUP SINGING WORKSHOPS (COMING EARLY 2021)
LIVE ONLINE GROUP SONGWRITING WORKSHOPS (NOW)
LIVE ONLINE GROUP HOME STUDIO RECORDING WORKSHOPS (NOW)
ONLINE COMMUNITY (COMING EARLY 2021)
INSPIRING INTERVIEWS, VIDEOS & ARTICLES (COMING EARLY 2021)
THE TEACHER    CONTACT

 

EVOLVESING.CO: Transformational Singing Lessons
MAKEGREATMUSIC.COM: Private Music Lessons

 

You may notice this site is looking unfinished. Here's the story:

 

My name is John Shapiro. I've been teaching singing, guitar, piano, ukulele & bass lessons AND songwriting & recording workshops out of my studio in Denver, Colorado  (and since the pandemic online)  since 2004 via Make Great Music

 

Meanwhile, I've long since been a big meditator, super interested my own evolution and ever increasingly desirous to help others. Though various continuing ed explorations and trying on some additional professional options (like mediation and running a universal health care non-profit startup), I landed on some stuff I really love, which I would name simply as "helping groups and people get unstuck". I do that through one-to-one coaching, group conflict resolution/facilitation and "personal growth" workshops via Evolving Up

 

Over my years of teaching, I noticed the students I felt the most satisfaction working with and vice versa where those who were open to address the whole of their experience. With them, I could bring full set of skills beyond music into the room. And not only where they able to improve musically, our work together echoed positively across their whole lives. And by work, I mean everything from building healthy self-esteem via a child's piano lessons that greatly improves their ability in school and foster a genuine love of music to addressing an adult ukulele student's challenges in lessons that expanded into reclaiming their long-lost "badass-ness" and leading them to make giant life changes that they'd wanted to make for years. Now I'm starting to do the same.

 

transformusical is my overt merging of my connections to music and transformational work. And it's a work in progress: Right now I'm offering live, online, small group workshops in songwriting or home studio recording. And I'm in process building a super fancy website (eta February 2021) that has an integrated online community, online video self and cohort courses for singing, guitar, songwriting and recording, and a video/writing series about people's transformational experiences via music.

 

LIVE ONLINE GROUP SINGING WORKSHOPS

Coming in early 2021.


For now, you might be interested in:
EVOLVESING.CO: Transformational Singing Lessons

UPGRADE YOUR CREATIVE, MUSICAL EXPRESSION

SONGWRITING WORKSHOPS: PRACTICAL SKILLS PAIRED WITH CREATIVE EVOLUTION

For Never-Ever to Experienced Songwriters

Unless we are born songwriting geniuses, to improve, we need to practice the art and skill of writing songs. And.. If we want to maximize our satisfaction and potential, we need to address where we might be stuck and step into our full authenticity.

I've been writing songs since 1987, and my first songs were "terrible". But unless I started in the first place and finished those first songs, as well experimented, learned, practiced, and looked at my motivations and challenges, I would not have evolved to my current ability. You can hear a couple live versions of some songs I've written in the last ten years here, here and here.

If you feel a desire to write songs, my number one recommendation is to start AND finish a song. Like most of the rest of us, you are probably not a songwriting genius. So write some "bad" songs, learn from them and practice seeing your process as necessary road to travel towards the outcome you want. And if you'd like some professional guidance along the way, here's what to expect from the songwriting workshop:

USEFUL, HANDS-ON SONGWRITING NUTS-AND-BOLTS

Basic, intermediate and advanced aspects taught in a way that anyone with basic musical skills can understand

BIG PICTURE

  • What is a song?
  • Song structures & types
  • What makes a style a style?
  • The role instrumentation, arrangement and production

PRACTICAL, SONGWRITING-BASED MUSIC THEORY

  • Time signature, feel & tempo
  • Keys & chord progressions
  • Melody demystification
  • Useful music theory odds & ends

SONG COMPONENTS

  • Foundational ideas & inspirations
  • Melody writing
  • Lyric writing
  • Connecting with feeling

CREATIVE PROCESS & WORKFLOW

  • Tips for bolstering creativity
  • Developing a unique-to-you work process
  • Idea Capture
  • Identifying & working with your specific strengths & challenges

PROJECTS & EXERCISES

  • Write a song in your chosen style as your final project
  • Write a couple other simple songs as exercises
  • Analyze well known songs & songs that you pick as learning tools
  • Address your specific questions & goals for the workshop
  • Leave you off with more useful aspects to explore on your own in the final class

CREATIVE, PERSONAL & GROUP EVOLUTION + UNSTICKING

Practices & processes to open up the full potential of your songwriting & influence the whole of your life

AUTHENTICITY: You are doing this for you. Owning your authenticity will bring out the gift of what you offer.

EXPRESSION: Unless we are natural performers, we tend to under-express. Nurturing your full expression will support why you are doing this in the first place.

INTUITION: We want our songs to feel "right". Cultivating your intuition is critical to writing songs that you love.

UNSTICKING: We all have places where we are stuck. Working with them will help our songwriting (and our lives) move forward.

ALLOWING: Creativity can’t be forced. Using mindfulness and other practices will help it emerge.

CONNECTION: We do this as a healthy group… To learn from, support & be inspired by one another.

COMMUNITY: Ongoing support & encouragement can make a big difference. Continuing community of fellow songwriters is available after the workshop.

DETAILS & LOGISTICS

COST: $320 (This workshop is accessible to those with various means. If needed, please contact me to arrange for a discount or alternative exchange.)

SCHEDULE: We will decide the schedule as a group within these parameters:

  • NEXT COHORT BEGINS: Late January or February 2021
  • (5) 2 hour classes (classes may go over by 10-20 minutes each)
  • Weekend day (late morning OR early afternoon) AND/OR Monday early evenings
  • Classes every two or three weeks (to give plenty of time to work on things)
  • Total workshop time: 10-12 hours

LOCATION: Zoom video meeting (Details sent after registration)

PREREQUISITES: 1) Basic skill level on an instrument that can play chords: guitar, piano, etc. 2) Basic ability to sing a melody i.e. "hold a tune"

OTHER NOTES:

  • Workshop is limited in size. Usually not more than six to allow individual attention and possibility for deeper connection and inspiration from your fellow participants.
  • Every participant is at a different level of songwriting, and I work to ensure each participant gets has an experience that feels valuable and satisfying.
  • The workshop will be recorded and used for as part of self-study online songwriting course (which will also be available to you when it's finished). It's an extremely valuable for self-study folks to witness your questions, wisdom and process. For those who give consent, I will ask for a signed Video Release. And for those who do not, I will remove you from the video via editing.
CONTACT ME TO REGISTER OR IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS

John Shapiro


(text or call)

DID YOU MISS IT?

Live workshops happen once every two to three months. If you missed this one, let me know and I will let you know when the next one is AND I'll let you know when the self-study course is available.

UPGRADE YOUR RECORDING QUALITY & CREATIVITY

HOME STUDIO RECORDING WORKSHOPS: PRACTICAL SKILLS PAIRED WITH CREATIVE EVOLUTION

For Never-Ever to Experienced Recorders

It's possible to make world class recordings at home with a modest financial investment. It's also easy to get overwhelmed and lost in the setup and technicalities of modern recording. This workshop is designed to help you easily understand and master the most common and important aspects of recording, while guiding you through the tricky process of getting started and avoiding common pitfalls throughout the process. So your process can be as easeful as possible and your recordings sound great!

I've been a recording geek since my high school four-track cassette recorder, single mic and synthesizer to my modern home studio setup. In this workshop, I share lots of quick-and-easy tips I've learned along the way. And how to: Fill in the gaps of your knowledge. Improve the sound of your songs and your experience recording. Mitigate technical details that can get in the way of creativity. Capture your best performance. We merge the nuts-and-bolts details with creative, personal & group evolution + unsticking (all listed below).

What about your specific setup?

DAWs (Digital Audio Workstations), which is usually software on a computer and audio interface to connect mics and instruments, work essentially the same way. During the workshop, I will use Cubase (my main software), Live & Reaper, and we will screen share any one else's DAW software as questions arise. You can see list of current DAW software here: https://www.musicradar.com/news/the-best-daws-2020-the-best-music-production-software-for-pc-and-mac

USEFUL, HANDS-ON RECORDING NUTS-AND-BOLTS

Basic, intermediate and advanced aspects taught in a way that anyone with basic musical skills can understand

OVERVIEW

  • History of recording
  • Multi-track & Stereo
  • DAW (Digital Audio Workstation)

DAW SETUP

  • Types: Pro, more simple, free/cheap, specialty, stand alone
  • Drivers, latency & buffer settings

OVERALL WORKFLOW

  • Demos
  • Expectations
  • Working with/hiring others

PROJECT SETUP

  • Project types, templates & workflow
  • File types, bit depth & sample rate
  • Click tracks
  • Reference song
  • Monitoring: Headphones vs. studio monitors; direct monitoring
  • I/O Presets

TRACK SETUP

  • Audio vs. Midi tracks
  • Virtual instruments
  • Virtual amps
  • Presets

MICS & PRE-AMPS

  • Hardware connectors: XLR, 1/4" & Line level: +4 dBV (pro) vs −10 dBV (consumer)
  • Balanced vs. unbalanced
  • Importance of decent cables
  • Pre-amps
  • Mics: Dynamic vs. condenser; pickup patterns (cardioid, other); phantom power (+48V); good value mics
  • Mic technique: mic vs. direct; vocals & pop filters, guitars, drums, misc
  • Eq & good raw sound

RECORDING TRACKS

  • Input gain
  • Pad, bass roll-off (HPF: High Pass Filter or Low-Cut) & phase (polarity)
  • Arming, solo & mute
  • Tracking technique
  • Headphone singing tips
  • MIDI editing & quantizing
  • Overdubbing, grouping & looping
  • Mix-As-You-Go & Normalizing

ARRANGEMENT & PRODUCTION

  • Sonic landscapes
  • Instrumentation
  • Arrangement
  • Styles

OTHER MID-WORKSHOP STUFF

  • Using online community help
  • Collaboration tech tips
  • Using virtual or remote accompaniment
  • Acoustic treatment

TWEAKING TRACKS

  • Normalizing
  • Editing
  • Clipping or silencing ends
  • Parametric EQ technique
  • Matching to source
  • Track repairs

EFFECTS & PLUGINS

  • Effects and Audio plugin overview
  • Loudness maximizer
  • Compression
  • Gate
  • Reverb
  • Delay
  • Other effects
  • Tracking effects: Duplicate tracks in stereo, etc.

MIXING

  • Gain structure
  • Audio routing: buses, sends, grouping
  • Automation
  • Using reference audio
  • Exporting/rendering

MASTERING

  • Brick wall/multi-band limiter
  • Mastering EQ, plugins & apps
  • Reference audio
  • Testing in car!
  • Putting it out in the world: file types, bit depth, sample rate & compression algorithms

OTHER FINAL WORKSHOP STUFF

  • Reworking old projects & stereo files
  • Releasing your music
  • Archiving

CREATIVE, PERSONAL & GROUP EVOLUTION + UNSTICKING

Practices & processes to open up the full recording potential & influence the whole of your life

AUTHENTICITY: You are doing this for you. Owning your authenticity will bring out the gift of what you offer.

EXPRESSION: Unless we are natural performers, we tend to under-express. Nurturing your full expression will support why you are doing this in the first place.

INTUITION: We don't want to get bogged down in the infinite choices of modern recording. Cultivating your intuition is critical to keeping out creativity front & center.

UNSTICKING: We all have places where we are stuck. Working with them will help our recordings (and our lives) move forward.

ALLOWING: Creativity & ideal performances can’t be forced. Using mindfulness and other practices will help it emerge.

CONNECTION: We do this as a healthy group… To learn from, support & be inspired by one another.

COMMUNITY: Ongoing support & encouragement can make a big difference. Continuing community of fellow recorders is available after the workshop.

COMMENTS FROM PREVIOUS WORKSHOPS (IN PERSON 4 HOUR MODULES)

"I learned more in a four-hour class with you, than a five day long recording workshop I took last year."

"I'm not super technical, and I appreciate the straight forward way you explain things that make a lot of sense to me."

"The four-hour workshop length was just right: A lot of new stuff for me to go home and try out, but not too much information overload."

"I had a lot of fun!"

"Thanks again for the class. I have a good direction in my mind now on the hardware and software as well as many great tips to keep it simple. Count me in on the next tier class."

DETAILS & LOGISTICS

COST: $320 (This workshop is accessible to those with various means. If needed, please contact me to arrange for a discount or alternative exchange.)

SCHEDULE: We will decide the schedule as a group within these parameters:

  • NEXT COHORT BEGINS: Mid January or early February 2021
  • (4) 2.5 hour classes (classes may go over by 10-20 minutes each)
  • Weekend day (late morning OR early afternoon) AND/OR Monday early evenings
  • Classes every two or three weeks (to give plenty of time to work on things)
  • Total workshop time: 10-12 hours

LOCATION: Zoom video meeting (Details sent after registration)

PREREQUISITES: 1) Own (or be willing to buy or borrow) a DAW setup: computer with DAW software, interface, microphone/stand/cord, instrument(s). IF YOU DON'T OWN A DAW, CONTACT ME FOR FREE HELP WITH FIGURING OUT WHAT TO BUY.

OPTIONAL BUT IDEAL: 1) Basic skill level on an instrument that can play chords: guitar, piano, etc. 2) Basic ability to sing a melody i.e. "hold a tune"

OTHER NOTES:

  • Workshop is limited in size. Usually not more than eight to allow individual attention and possibility for deeper connection and inspiration from your fellow participants.
  • Every participant is at a different level of recording, and I work to ensure each participant gets has an experience that feels valuable and satisfying.
  • The workshop will be recorded and used for as part of self-study online songwriting course (which will also be available to you when it's finished). It's an extremely valuable for self-study folks to witness your questions, wisdom and process. For those who give consent, I will ask for a signed Video Release. And for those who do not, I will remove you from the video via editing.

CONTACT ME TO REGISTER OR IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS

John Shapiro


(text or call)

DID YOU MISS IT?

Live workshops happen once every two to three months. If you missed this one, let me know and I will let you know when the next one is AND I'll let you know when the self-study course is available.

THE TEACHER: JOHN SHAPIRO

MUSIC HAS BEEN A VEHICLE FOR PROFOUND EVOLUTION

I grew up in a difficult, neglectful, addiction-riddled situation. I had no innate ability to sing, and I began to teach myself music in high school: singing, playing, writing and recording. Little did I know, that creative and emotional expression allowed me to process some of the pain I was experiencing. For the love of it, and with no practical plan for the future, I decided to go to college for music. But using the un-wholistic guidance of our culture, I decided to attend the "best" music school. At Berklee College of Music, I felt my vitality for music being sucked away, which combined with other big life challenges to form a storm that was the darkest time of my life. But I am deeply grateful, as that storm cracked me open and made me receptive to real spiritual and personal development and healing. It set my life on a totally different trajectory: I began practicing mindfulness meditation, doing deep personal and psychological work and switched to Naropa University: a mindfulness-based, wholisticly-focused college in Boulder. When I turned thirty, after another difficult life period, and after was laid off from my software engineer job, I began teaching music. And again, music provided me with direct and indirect evolutionary experiences: I felt supported by my low-stress, high-benefit-to-others music teaching business. It allowed me to take huge steps in my own healing, while helping others in various ways. As my teaching progressed, I began to teach more and more wholistically to those who wanted that experience. While I also still teach music in a more traditional way via my business: Make Great Music , transformusical is the overt merging of transformational work with innovative singing technique.

ON THE MUSIC SIDE

I'm a "master" music teacher with over 17,000 hours teaching private lessons via my teaching business: Make Great Music . I teach an innovative, effective, practical, wholistic and fun method that I developed. I teach lessons in: singing~voice~vocal , acoustic & electric guitar , piano & keyboard , bass guitar and ukulele , as well as classes and workshops in: Mindful Music , songwriting and home studio recording . I've been playing, studying, recording, writing and performing music for over 35 years and teaching full-time for 17 years. I have a BA in Music from Naropa University and also studied at Berklee College of Music and CU-Boulder. I teach out of my Professional Studio & Music School in the West Highlands neighborhood of Denver, Colorado.

ON THE PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT & SPIRITUAL SIDE

I'm deeply committed to my own personal evolution through a variety of methods, while mindfulness remains my central practice. I'm a long term Vipassana meditator having spent over a year total in silent meditation retreat. I'm a passionate about groups-done-well and have invested in a variety of trainings. I consult with groups to help them navigate through conflict, and I'm a certified mediator. I'm a Catalyst Coach, Group Unsticking Guide & Workshop Facilitator my business: Evolving Up LLC: Catalyst Coaching, Group Unsticking & Transformational Workshops. . I've had extensive training in Authentic Leadership, Family Constellations, political leadership, Playback theater, power & privilege and various forms of coaching. And I draw heavily from Hakomi principles.

MY FAMILY OF BUSINESSES & PROJECTS

John Shapiro: teacher, coach & owner of transformusical. Additionly, I teach music in a more traditional way via: Make Great Music . I'm a Catalyst Coach, Group Unsticking Guide & Workshop Facilitator my business: Evolving Up LLC: Catalyst Coaching, Group Unsticking & Transformational Workshops. .

ONLINE COMMUNITY

Online Community Coming in early 2021.                                                      

RESOURCES

Inspiring Interviews, Videos & Articles Coming in early 2021.                                                

SCHEDULE A FREE INTRO SESSION

If you would like to schedule a free intro lesson, I need a little info: Please email me the week you would like to schedule your lesson (i.e. this week, next week or...) and your availability for your lesson: The earliest time you can arrive and latest time you can leave for each day: Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday. I teach on these days from late morning until 10pm. Since I usually have around 35 students on my schedule, I have found that the best way to schedule your lesson is for you to let me know your availability. Once I have that info, I will get back to you with the day and time of your session and the rest of the info you need.

LOCATION

PLEASE NOTE: My studio is located in my private home and is open by appointment only.

CONTACT

I LOOK FORWARD TO HEARING FROM YOU!

I reply to all inquiries in 24 hours or less... Usually the same day. But... If you don't hear back from me, somehow your message didn't get through to me. It might have been marked as spam, lost in the interwebs or otherwise. So please try to send it again! Or just call! Thanks!

John Shapiro ~ Teacher & Owner


(text or call)

transformusical: evolved music instruction coupled with transformational work

West Highlands Neighborhood of Denver, CO

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