Annapolis Neighborhood Music

Welcome to Annapolis Neighborhood Music!  My name is Erin Maloney, and I’ve been teaching music for over 15 years. I teach house-call lessons in the Annapolis area, or in my downtown studio.  Specializing in fingerstyle, classical and folk guitar, ukulele, mandolin & bass guitar, I accept students of all levels, ages and musical interests.

Lessons are tailored to each student’s musical goals, tastes and abilities.  My goal is to make each student fall in love with their instrument playing songs that they want to play, rather than checking off exercises in a book.  We learn technique, theory, and performance practice through the music that you are interested in.

Private lessons are conducted weekly, 45 minutes per lesson.  I book a full hour for extra help, questions and chatting, so I’m never in a hurry to end a lesson.  No additional cost for lessons at your home if you’re within 15 minutes of downtown Annapolis, and a small travel fee may apply if you’re outside the main service area.

Group lessons are also conducted on a weekly basis, and durations vary depending on group size.  Group lessons are a good option for friends looking to learn their instruments without breaking the bank, as these lessons are much cheaper per person.  Group lessons are primarily for people that are beginners, or a group of people that are at the same level of skill on their instruments.

 

DON’T HAVE AN INSTRUMENT?

If you don’t have an instrument but you’re considering lessons, contact me for advice on purchasing your first instrument.  This advice is free of charge, and I am happy to provide guidance.  There are many guitars, ukuleles and mandolins out there for sale that seem to be made as decorations more than functional instruments!  Many people have been put off by shoddy instruments that are difficult to tune or to play, and fighting an unplayable instrument shouldn’t be one of the concerns of a beginner. Knowing what to look for in an instrument is not very obvious for someone that doesn’t play, and I can help find something to fit your style and your budget!

Group Lesson Studio!

I’m excited to announce that I’ve got a new studio for teaching group lessons beginning November 8th!  Located in the heart of downtown Annapolis, the studio is on the historic and beautifully scenic Maryland Ave.  A cozy store-front view looking out at the brick street, and two doors down from Galway Bay for a pint afterwards!  I’m accepting registrations for the beginner and intermediate ukulele lessons now, as space is somewhat limited.  Classes are $15 per person.  Class times will be added along with demand, the first classes will be Wednesdays at 6:30.  Group guitar classes will be added depending on demand.

Find us at “Ampersand on the Ave” at 51 Maryland Ave, Annapolis!

 

Let’s Groove, Baby

After having my son, I’m finally pursuing an idea that I had while I was in graduate school.  While studying Ethnomusicology at the University of Washington in Seattle, I met musicians and music researchers from all over the world.  I always wanted to start a “mommy and me” type of music class for babies and toddlers, and it seemed natural to incorporate my work in Ethnomusicology and World Music into these classes.  When children are exposed to rhythms, languages and tonalities other than the culture that they live in, they internalize the patterns in a way different from adults.  We all know that babies are sponges, and that exposing them to other languages from birth gives them a significant advantage to being multi-lingual as they learn to express themselves.  This is a similar concept with exposing them to music from around the world when they are young!  Your child will dance and interact with traditional children’s music from all over the world, while developing social, cognitive, dexterity and general music skills along with way.

Let’s Groove, Baby! courses are broken up by age groups, with three age groups for children, and an adult course where parents can learn to sing and play their children’s favorite lullabies or kids’ songs on the guitar or ukulele.  Visit Let’s Groove, Baby! for a full list of course offerings and more information!

Groovy Newbies:  Babies from 0-12 months

Groovy Twosies: Babies from 12-24 months

Groovy Toddlers: All pre-school aged children are welcome!

Groovy Mamas & Papas: Group music instruction for parents on the guitar and ukulele to learn songs to sing for your children

Upcoming Performances

Live music available for booking as a solo, small ensemble and full band for engagements.  Contact for pricing and availability!

September:

1st- Erin Maloney Solo at Steuben Brewing Co. Hammondsport, NY 5-8pm

3rd- Erin Maloney Solo at Finger Lakes Beer Co. Hammondsport, NY 2-5pm

15th- Erin Maloney Solo at Finger Lakes Beer Co. Hammondsport, NY 4-7pm

16th- Lakeside with Alex Myth and Peter Baker, 6-9pm

October:

1st- “Tunes in the Tent” at Heron Hill Winery MYTHOLOGY SOCIETY

13th- Erin Maloney Solo at Steuben Brewing Co. 5-8pm

14th- Erin Maloney Solo at Stever Hill Winery in Branchport, NY 3-6pm

15th- Erin Maloney Solo at White Springs Winery in Geneva, NY 1-4pm

November:

22nd- Erin Maloney Solo at Steuben Brewing Co. 5-8pm

December:

9th- Erin Maloney Solo at Blushing Rose B&B in Hammondsport for Christmas in the Park

10th- Erin Maloney Solo at Steuben Brewing Co. 2-5pm