The OYOU hosts workshops on a variety of subjects throughout the year. People of all ages experience the joy of learning a musical instrument, writing a song, or learning arts and crafts. Classes are tailored from beginning to advanced.
Fall Workshops include
The Artist's Way
OYOU Kid's Club
OYOU Women's Music Group
Taking photos with your phone! What applications to use and more!
DIY Christmas Gifts
Guitar (Beginning and Advanced)
The OYOU is committed to paying its teachers, artists, and performers. We are also committed to outreach within our community, celebrating diversity, and providing an artistic outlet to those with disabilities.
The entire industry of the performing and visual arts has been turned upside down due to advances in technology and a massive shift in how people consume music and view the arts. We provide a source of income to artists by giving them an audience in which to perform and or teach.
The OYOU creates an atmosphere where those that create and make their living in the arts can not only survive, but thrive, in both education and performance.
Our classes are small. We also provide scholarships for those who would otherwise be unable to attend, and we also work with those with disabilities — often one on one.
Please considering donating to the OYOU so that we can pay our teachers and performers a reasonable wage for their hard work and creative efforts.
Snacks and refreshments provided
Wilory Farm in Martindale, Texas (Directions and information sent upon reservation)
Teacher: Michael O'Connor
Ages: 18 +
Class is limited to 8 people
Level: Intermediate to advanced player. You need to have chords under your belt. Even if you took this class before, due to the Q&A involved, it will be different!
Michael O'Connor is a guitarist, singer, and songwriter living in Colorado. For decades he has played and recorded with musicians including Ray Wylie Hubbard, Slaid Cleaves, Adam Carroll, Susan Gibson, Terri Hendrix, and Shelley King. A lifetime of hard-won experience on- and off-stage has allowed Michael a rare insight into the world of the rough, the faithless, the romantic, and the unlucky, all of whom find refuge in his songs. Michael has toured throughout the United States and overseas. He has released six albums, and a seventh is on the way next year.
"Chances are that if you’ve seen a prominent Texas singer-songwriter over the last couple of decades, you’ve also seen the [long-haired] O’Connor, sitting off to one side picking acoustic guitar. I once remarked of another hired gun turned solo that there must come a point where a sideman has to wonder how hard the singer-songwriter deal can be if this yo-yo can do it, and O’Connor reached that point some time ago, releasing Green And Blue (Bare Knuckle) back in 2000. [Bloodshot Vagabond] is his fifth album, counting one he split with Adam Carroll, and I’d say he’s pretty much got a grip on it. Of the 11 songs, three were cowritten with another in demand sideman turned songwriter, Jeff Plankenhorn, and two with Carroll and Michael Waters, which may, or may not, explain the emotional range, from sentimental to stoic to pensive to badass. Produced by Jack Saunders, who also plays upright and electric bass, with the great Rick Richards on drums and percussion, O’Connor, who plays all guitars, lap steel, mandolin and banjo, rather unusually, has no other guests, providing all the instrumental fireworks himself and it's the perfect integration of songs and music that’s the payoff when a sideman successfully makes the transition to frontman, there’s nothing lost in discussion."
- John Conquest, Third Coast Magazine
Due to limited space at our workshops, and out of consideration for our teachers, we can not accept last minute additions to our workshop.
We do not allow walk ups.
All attendees of our workshops, must register in advance and receive confirmation from our staff . Out of respect for the OYOU and our teachers, we only offer refunds for workshops in the case of an emergency. We do not allow folks to trade in one paid workshop for another at a later date. Thanks for understanding!
We do not have a hang out space for friends or family during the workshop.