Workshops

The OYOU hosts a variety of free and ticketed workshops. At the OYOU, we hire local and touring artists and musicians to lead our workshops. This provides them with additional income needed to pursue their own craft,  and equally as important, a format in which to inspire others by teaching their area of expertise. 

 

It has been noted that several of our teachers are “wounded birds.” We hire and pay former professional musicians who have been affected by stroke, cancer, depression, dysphonia, and other health challenges. All of whom have found a role in mentoring students with similar health conditions and inspiring others to rise above their own personal challenges so that they, too, can embrace and enjoy a higher quality of life. 

 

In addition, the OYOU provides scholarships for every program offered, allowing those who would otherwise be unable to afford tuition to attend and learn.   Scholarships are offered based on financial need and for teachers, veterans, special needs students, and those suffering from health conditions. 

 

The OYOU creates a welcoming, non-judgmental backdrop that celebrates diversity through the creative arts. Our events help fill a void for arts based education that is increasingly absent in budget-strapped public schools. Our events also offer lifelong learning opportunities for adults and senior citizens. 


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Upcoming Workshops

Beginning Mosaics

Beginning Mosaic Class W/Mary Susan Warren

Born in Texas and raised in Round Top and Houston, TX, currently living in San Marcos. Creating art has always been part of her life. Having a kaleidoscope brain, she always looked for objects to reclaim for different purposes. She attended Texas State University to pursue a degree in Commercial Art. During college she designed advertising for a local record shop, used in the University Star. She worked at Texas State University in the Travel Office, where she designed the logo for the VP of Finance, newsletter. Retiring after 28 years, the same year, she began working at the San Marcos Farmers' Market. The Market allowed her more time for creativity. She began experimenting with Mosaics and Cement art, developing a love for both.

Workshop! Beginning Mosaic Class Jan. 25th & 26th @ Wilory Farm

Join Susan and the OYOU as she introduces students to the art of mosaics! This is an all ages class suitable for the entire family! Space is limited! We will start from scratch and finish with a piece of art! This class includes ALL supplies! 

 

January 25th 

We come up with our big idea for our mosaic. We lay the tiles and glue them down

2:00PM to 4:00 or 5:00PM (or whenever you finish) 

January 26th 

2:00PM to 3:30PM (or whenever you finish) 

We apply the grout and clean our masterpiece! Done! 

 

Wilory Farm

Martindale, Texas

78655

Wilory Farm is only open to the public for select events. The exact location and address will be sent immediately upon registration. 

$40.00

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Did you participate in our beginning mosaics class? If so, or if you have done mosaics before and have a basic knowledge of creating your own mosaic art piece, this class is for you! 

Beginning Mosaic Class Part 2

W/Mary Susan Warren

Born in Texas and raised in Round Top and Houston, TX, currently living in San Marcos. Creating art has always been part of her life. Having a kaleidoscope brain, she always looked for objects to reclaim for different purposes. She attended Texas State University to pursue a degree in Commercial Art. During college she designed advertising for a local record shop, used in the University Star. She worked at Texas State University in the Travel Office, where she designed the logo for the VP of Finance, newsletter. Retiring after 28 years, the same year, she began working at the San Marcos Farmers' Market. The Market allowed her more time for creativity. She began experimenting with Mosaics and Cement art, developing a love for both.

Workshop! Part 2 Beginning Mosaic Class

Join Susan Warren as she returns to the OYOU to teach Part 2 "Beginning Mosaics Class"

We will be taking our own personal and found objects and creating our own personal mosaic art pieces with them! 

Cost of class includes all supplies 

Class is suitable for all ages 8 + 

Snacks & beverages provided 

 

Date TBA 

We come up with our big idea for our mosaic. We lay the tiles, our personal and or found objects, and glue them down

2:00PM to 4:00 or 5:00PM (or whenever you finish) 

Date TBA 

2:00PM to 3:30PM (or whenever you finish) 

We apply the grout and clean our masterpiece! Done! 

$50.00

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Taking Reservations

Are you interested in this class? Send us an email. We will let you know when it is scheduled. 

Workshop! Introduction to Garage Band W/Terri Hendrix

Ages 18 +

Space is limited to 8 students 

Snacks & beverages provided

 

Workshop! Introduction to GarageBand

Learn to record at home on your own time and on your own dime. This class is for Mac users only. You will need your laptop or tablet for this class. You will need to have an operating system that uses GarageBand. Get a tutorial on how to use GarageBand. Learn how to get the most professional sound, edit, properly record, and explore what all the features can do. 

$50.00

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Taking Reservations

Are you interested in this class? Send us an email. We will let you know when it is scheduled. 

Workshop! Wintersong - Creative Writing Day Camp W/Terri Hendrix

Adult

18 +

Workshop Leader: Terri Hendrix 

Class is limited to 10 students

Creative Writing 

Snacks & beverages provided 

 

9:30AM Doors

10:00AM Class

12:00PM Lunch (provided)

1:00 - 4:00PM Class 

 

Are you experiencing writer's block? Are you stuck on multiple writing projects you can't seem to finish. Do you need to get out and escape and launch into a creative workspace? If so, this workshop is for you. We will be using a tool-kit to enhance our writing, finish those unfinished original ideas, and get inspired to further our writing and or songwriting chops. Constructive feedback will be given. 

 

Music instruction will not be offered for this event. If you play guitar or another instrument as part of your writing, you will need to bring it. If you don't plan an instrument, no worries. A questionnaire will be sent out per student so we can gauge how best to work together during our creative writing day camp. 

$150.00

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Taking Reservations

Are you interested in this class? Send us an email. We will let you know when it is scheduled. 

Workshop! Intermediate to Advanced Guitar W/Lloyd Maines

Adult Class

Intermediate to advanced class. 

 

Ages 16 + (minors must be accompanied by parent or legal guardian) 

Class: Two hours 

Get one on one with Lloyd Maines about tunings, fingerpicking, solos, technique and how to take your playing to another level. 

Snacks & beverages provided 

$100.00

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Taking Reservations

Are you interested in this class? Send us an email. We will let you know when it is scheduled. 

Workshop! Get it Done! Music Business Boot Camp W/Terri Hendrix

Adult

Class is limited to 10 students

9:30AM Doors

10:00AM Class

12:00PM Lunch (provided)

1:00 - 3:00PM Class 

 

Ages 18 + 

It's time to get it done! Copyright your music. Register with a PRO (performing songwriter organization), start your own music publishing company, and understand Sound Exchange, Spotify, and all things music streaming for 2020. 

It's time to understand how to book yourself, create and use a simple contract, and tackle an online press kit to promote both your music and your shows.  

 

Leave with songs registered for copyright, your music business publishing in order, knowledge of digital music streaming, and the tools to book and promote your music. 

$150.00

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Taking Reservations

Are you interested in this class? Send us an email. We will let you know when it is scheduled. 

Workshop! Beginning Harmonica W/Terri Hendrix

Beginning Harmonica W/Terri Hendrix 

Skill level: Beginning 

Space is limited: 8 students 

Snacks & beverages provided 

 

Ages: 16+ (Minors must have parent or legal guardian present) 

Location: Wilory Farm 

This is a three part class 

Class 1: 90 minutes

Learn how to play notes. Leave with songs to practice. Learn how to read harmonica tab. Even if you have taken an introduction to harmonica class before at the OYOU, this class will offer new material. 

Class 2: 90 minutes

Learn how to bend notes. Leave with songs to practice. We will also work on playing harmonica with a harp rack (for those that are interested). 

Class 3: 2 Hours

Sit in a group and play rehearsed songs. Guest harmonica players will join this class and improvise with us. They will also  share their tips and techniques with the class. 

$150.00

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Taking Reservations

Are you interested in this class? Send us an email. We will let you know when it is scheduled. 

Kid's Workshop! Beginning Harmonica W/Terri Hendrix

Beginning Harmonica W/Terri Hendrix 

Skill level: Beginning 

1:30PM - 4:00PM 

Space is limited: 8 Students 

Snacks & beverages provided 

 

Ages: 8 - 15 

Location: Wilory Farm 

One parent or legal guardian must attend with minor. We will have seating for you on the outskirts of the group. 

One free harmonica in the key of C given per student 

 

$40.00

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Taking Reservations

Are you interested in this class? Send us an email. We will let you know when it is scheduled. 

Kid's Workshop! Beginning Ukulele

Beginning Ukulele 

1:30 - 4:00PM

Skill level: Beginning 

Space is limited: 8 Students 

Snacks & beverages provided 

 

Ages: 8 - 15 

Location: Wilory Farm 

One parent or legal guardian must attend with minor. We will have seating for you on the outskirts of the group. 

Students will need a tenor ukulele to participate. Don't have one? Just let us know in advance. 

 

$40.00

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Workshop! Ukulele 101

Ukulele 101 

1:30 - 4:00PM

Skill level: Beginning 

Space is limited: 8 Students 

Snacks & beverages provided 

 

See if the ukulele is for you! Beginning class suitable for those that already play and those that want to learn how to play. 

 

Ages: 16 +  

Location: Wilory Farm 

One parent or legal guardian must attend with minor. We will have seating for you on the outskirts of the group. 

 

Students will need a tenor ukulele to participate. Don't have one? Just let us know in advance. 

$40.00

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Taking Reservations

Are you interested in this class? Send us an email. We will let you know when it is scheduled. 

Workshop! Fiddle in the Middle of Texas W/Jeanne Ply

Beginning Fiddle W/Jeanne Ply 

Skill level: Beginning 

Snacks & beverages provided 

 

Ages: TBA 

Space is limited: 8 students 

Location: Wilory Farm 

This is a four part class! Class description TBA 

Class 1: 

Class 2: 

Class 3: 

Class 4: 

$150.00

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Jack Williams "The Songwriter's Guitar" Wednesday, November 4th 6:30PM - 8:00PM

Level Intermediate to Advanced

Ages 18 +

Workshop Leader: Jack Williams

Location: Wilory Farm 

 

The music of Jack Williams, rooted in his native South Carolina, was shaped by a 61-year career of playing folk, rock, jazz, R&B, classical and the popular music of the 30s, 40s and 50s. He is counted among the most dynamic performers on today's "folk" circuit - "...one of the most enlightened and entertaining performers I've ever encountered", said Dave Humphreys of Two-Way Street Coffeehouse in Downer's Grove, IL. Jack is considered a "musician's musician", an uncommonly unique guitarist, a writer of vivid songs with a strong sense of place, and a storyteller in an old Southern tradition who further illustrates each tale with his guitar. Rich Warren of WFMT Chicago's The Midnight Special said, "His artistry is nothing short of amazing". Vic Heyman, in SING OUT!, wrote, “He is one of the strongest guitar players in contemporary folk.”

 

Avoiding the compromises of the commercial music industry, Jack prefers touring under the radar, playing concerts, large and small, week in and week out, from the sheer love of music and performing. Playing for more than 50 house concerts each year, Jack enjoys the intimacy of that venue most of all, with a more personal connection to his listeners. Jack is a sought-after artist on all contemporary acoustic music stages, from coffeehouses and festivals to music halls and city arts stages. From acclaimed appearances at the Newport, Boston, Philadelphia, Kerrville, New Bedford SummerFest Folk Festivals, his musicianship, songs, stories and commanding presence have established him as an uncommonly inspiring and influential performer.

 

Jack frequently shares his musical knowledge with others. In addition to leading numerous workshops as he tours the country, he has been on the staff of The Swannanoa Gathering in NC, Lamb's Songwriter Retreat in MI, The Folk Project in NJ, WUMB's Summer Acoustic Music Week in NH, and co-hosts a semi-annual Music Workshop Weekend near his home in the Ozarks.

 

Jack has eleven CDs of original music on the Wind River (Folk Era) label, the newest being “Far Away, Long Ago”, plus his DVD “High Cotton”, a video collection of on-stage performances. The CD, “Don’t Let Go”, is a collection of cover songs reflecting major influences on his musical development. Jack has produced all of his own recordings plus CDs by Mickey Newbury, Ronny Cox, Eric Schwartz, and others.

 

His songs have been recorded by artists ranging from Tom Jones and David Clayton-Thomas to Chuck Pyle, Cindy Mangsen, Ronny Cox and Lowen & Navarro. In addition to his solo career, as a guitarist he has accompanied such luminaries as Tom Paxton, Peter Yarrow (of Peter, Paul & Mary), Mickey Newbury and Harry Nilsson.

 

Workshop! Jack Williams Guitar Clinic! Wednesday, November 4th 6:30PM - 8:00PM

Course Description: The Songwriter's Guitar 

A songwriting workshop, but with an emphasis on how the guitar (or other instrument) plays a vital role 

in making the music whole, rather than being merely a "chord-vehicle" 

or something to hide behind when performing a song.

 

Considering every aspect of the guitar in the songwriting process — from initial ideas to finished performance

 

Special emphasis on the "Guitar As Greek Chorus": as accompanist, inspiration, commentator, colorist, comforter, crutch, and as equal partner in songwriting

 

Discussing how and when the guitar can hinder the songwriting process, as well as how it can add melody, counter-melody, and the "glue" to vocal melody, which can sustain and propel a song

 

Gentle discussion and critique of songs written (or in progress) by the students

 

6:00PM - Doors 

Snacks & beverages provided 

Workshop 6:30PM to 8:00PM 

$50.00

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Suggestion and Feedback

Don't see a workshop on this list that you'd like to take? Have you come to an OYOU workshop before and have a suggestion? Feedback? Please let us know! 

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Team OYOU Workshop Leaders

Terri Hendrix 

Songwriting, Creative Writing, Harmonica, Garage Band, Recording, Music Business, Kid's Music Camp, and Women's Retreat.

Terri Hendrix Website

Lloyd Maines

All levels Guitar, Dobro, Pedal Steel, Multiple Instrument Classes, Production, and Recording. 

Lloyd Maines Website 



Rotating Staff of Top-Notch Workshop Leaders

Art

The OYOU enlists some of the best artists around to teach a variety of ongoing all ages arts and & crafts workshops! Painting, mosaics, photography, and more! 

 

We also have pop-up workshops at various venues in Martindale and San Marcos. 


Jeanne Ply 

Beginning to Intermediate Fiddle.

Stringtown Texas Website 

All Ages & All Levels 

The OYOU has a rotating staff of world-class instructors! We offer workshops in harmonica, ukulele, mandolin, banjo, percussion, improvisation, poetry, dance, performance, and on a variety of other subjects!

 

We also have pop-up workshops at various venues in Martindale and San Marcos. 


Michael O'Connor 

Intermediate and Advanced Guitar 

Michael O'Connor Website