Photo Credit: Swallow Hill Music Via Facebook

Photo Credit: Swallow Hill Music Via Facebook

Spring is here and what better way to bring in the season than by taking a musical workshop to further your knowledge? Denver has some fantastic options when it comes to workshops for musicians. It doesn’t matter your taste, age or skill level. Below are some of the best places in Denver to learn some new tools when it comes to banjo, guitar, songwriting and more.

Bluegrass Banjo Technique ‘Boot Camp’
Swallow Hill Music
71 E. Yale Ave.
Denver, CO 80210
(303) 777-1003

Date: April 13

Swallow Hill Music is a community organization that helps keep Denver’s music community thriving. It has been a staple in Denver since 1979 and teaches more than 5,000 students each year. There are workshops available for any interest, age and skill level. On April 13, Swallow Hill will host a workshop regarding bluegrass banjo technique. The workshop is geared towards banjo players who are intermediate to advanced and will focus on improving right- and left-hand technique, as well as new skills.

Funk Guitar Workshop with Chris (Citrus) Sauthoff
Swallow Hill Music
71 E. Yale Ave.
Denver, CO 80210
(303) 777-1003

Date: March 30

Musician Chris (Citrus) Sauthoff will be bringing the sounds of funk to the city of Denver. Of all people, he should know a lot about this subject as he toured with funk greats Parliament Funkadelic for 12 years. This workshop is formulated for intermediate acoustic and electric guitar players only. It will take place at Denver’s own Swallow Hill Music.

Vocal Recording Workshop
School of Rock
216 S. Grant St.
Denver, CO 80209
(720) 316-6841

Date: March 28

School of Rock has a few locations in the Colorado area. The music school is aimed towards kids to to learn about the history of rock music as well as performance. School of Rock also offers adult classes. Workshops are available each spring, summer, fall and winter. Be sure to check the website for the latest listings. The school will be presenting a vocal recording workshop where experienced vocalists can spend the day recording vocals over backing tracks. The class will be taught by Nick Ehlers and Gia Ashe and gives you a chance to learn how to use professional recording software and gear.

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Conducting Workshop
International Conducting Institute
4641 10th St.
Boulder, CO 80304
(720) 675-7794

Dates: May 3-9

The conducting workshop will be taught by music great Donald Schleicher. He has conducted in some of the most prestigious symphony orchestras all over the world. His repertoire includes Beethoven classics “Overture to Creatures of Prometheus” and “Symphony No. 3 (Eroica).” The workshop will focus on baton technique and conducting, score previews and a special class dedicated to the “Alexander Technique.

Getting and Staying Inspired: Songwriting Workshop with Margaret Glaspy
Chautauqua Community House
900 Baseline Road
Boulder, CO 80302
(303) 442-3282

Date: May 11

Talented songwriter Margaret Glaspy will be presenting a workshop about how to both get inspired and stay inspired when it comes to songwriting. The workshop will include a wide range of musical works ranging from Bob Dylan to Bjork and everything in between. All levels of songwriters are invited. This special workshop is a part of Chautauqua’s special project, Roots & Branches.

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Michelle Humphrey is a freelance writer living in Denver. Her work can be found here.