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Youth Classes

Throughout the past year of lockdowns and homeschooling children have been learning via Zoom platform! They’re developing a core repertoire of songs, and learning to play their instrument by ear. Courses are available for banjo, fiddle, guitar, ukulele, tin whistle and fiddle tunes. In September we will be holding classes in person as well as offering an online option for those who are out of the area. 

Each session consists of 10 weekly 40 minute lessons, with additional help provided outside of group lessons as needed and monthly all school get-togethers to jam in person. 

The Matt McCabe Scholarship Program 

Full scholarships, including instruments, are available for any family that qualifies for free or reduced school lunch. Click on the link below for more information about how to apply or contact School program coordinator Vivian Nesbitt at musicschool@caffelena.org

This summer we are excited to be offering two Summer Camp options! And one is for the whole family. 

Mon June 28 – Fri July 2

12noon – 3pm / ages 8 – 15 / $225.00 

Troubadour in Training Camp is three hour camp that meets Monday – Friday June 28 – July 2nd. The Camp is open to intermediate level students who’ve either been taking lessons through the Caffe Lena School of Music or by permission from a school instructor.

In five fun, musical days students develop a solid foundation for playing music with others and for an audience. They learn a way of preparing and a performance ethic that will benefit them in all walks of life. The week culminates in a showcase for friends and family plus the opportunity to sign up to be a Caffe Lena Lobby Troubadour. Click the link below to learn more, see the daily schedule and to register your troubadour in training! 

Learn more and register

Mon June 28, July 5, July 12, July 19, July 26th 

3:30pm – 5:00pm / ages 12 and over / $25.00 

A woman’s place is….On stage, Performing her art, Making the crowd laugh, cry and cheer

Open mic is where every music career starts. It’s where you learn to create that powerful, open-hearted connection that makes you shine on stage. It’s where you build your network and start getting gigs. Open mic is intimidating for every newcomer, but it’s especially hard for girls and women who are vastly outnumbered by male performers.

Caffe Lena School of Music is offering a new open mic performance course exclusively for women and girls ages 12 and up, so we can make sure the world hears everyone’s song.

Take the Stage workshops consist of four-week sessions for six students at a time. Students will learn to approach the mic with confidence, support and nurture each other’s unique talents, and fully claim their space at the front of the room.

Classes will be taught by Vivian Nesbitt who is the Coordinator of the Caffe Lena School of Music. Vivian is a musician, actress and playwright with numerous TV, film and stage credits. Alongside her own career in the spotlight she has taught performance skills to children and adults for two decades.

Classes, which will begin in June, 2021, will cost just $25 per four week session, but no one who wants to join these classes will be turned away.

Learn more and register

Monday August 2 – Friday August 6, 2021  

12 noon – 3pm ~ All Ages ~ $225.00 

An opportunity to learn to play with others in a fun, supportive atmosphere. Multi-generational family bands encouraged to attend with special pricing in places for multiple family members. Learn traditional folk tunes and bring new ones to share. All acoustic instruments welcome. 

Family Membership included in registration!

Membership includes:

  • Membership discount for 2 adult tickets, 2 children attend free
  • Family goody bag
  • Priority registration for Caffe Lena School of Music.


In addition to the careful screening, thorough cleaning, and strict adherence to CDC/DOH safety
protocols that enabled us to bring more than 600 artists to our stage during the pandemic without a
single instance of infection or spread, we have introduced some new precautions to give you a class
experience that is safe and delightful:
• We will practice social distancing for each registrant and pod.  For the foreseeable future, we will not be
combining parties in one seating area. We have seating for 1, 2, 3 and 4-person parties.
• We use portable HEPA filtration units in the performance space. They run on high before and
after the show, and they continue to clean the air on a quiet setting during the performance. In
addition, UV lighting has been installed in our HVAC ducts to further purify the air.
• Our staff, volunteers and performers have been vaccinated or have received a negative test prior
to the show.

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