Workshops

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. Some classes are all ages and some only focus on a specific age group.

 

This means we've got workshops for kids and big kids!

 

We offer scholarships for many of our programs and events! 


Additional OYOU Calendar Dates


OYOU Kid's Club: The Kindness Project Comes to the OYOU (All Ages Rock Painting Workshop)

Sat Feb 23rd 1:00pm - 4:00pm

Join us as we kick off the OYOU's version of the "Kindness Project!"

About: Megan Murphy thinks kindness rocks! She is the creator of the national movement, The Kindness Rocks Project™, which encourages people to leave rocks painted with inspiring messages along the path of life. 

So, here we go! It's an all ages event! Bring your own paint and rocks (if you have it please share it). We'll also have rocks here and lots of paint!

We will be using acrylic paints like this sample ...

This event will be at Wilory Farm. It's free. There will be fun music on the sound system and complimentary munchies. Kiddos under the age of 18 must have an adult with them at all times!

Come paint alongside Niem the Donkey, and our Goats; Anjelica, Vinnie-Gabe, and Miranda! Reservations are required for this event! Directions are sent once your reservation has been confirmed! 

Thanks! 

Note: Please fill out the fields marked with an asterisk.


Sunday FEB 24th: 1:00 - 4:00PM @ Wilory Farm Tackling Writer’s Block W/DC Bloom

OYOU Workshop 

Sunday February 24th 

1:00 - 4:00 

Pastries and refreshments provided

Wilory Farm in Martindale, Texas (Directions and information sent upon reservation) 

Teacher: DC Bloom 

Level: Class is suited for those currently writing songs, essays, poems, speeches, novels, and ect., 

Ages: 18 +  

 

Each student receives a complimentary notebook with song prompts and ideas. 

 

Class is limited to 8 people This workshop will explore strategies for overcoming those dreaded times when the blank page paralyzes your creativity and you start to wonder if you’ll ever write another song, column, blog or article ever again.

 

DC Bloom, who has worked as a corporate speechwriter for more than 30 years, released five CDs of original music, written album reviews and feature articles for Lone Star Music Magazine and led a song prompt group featuring a bevy of popular Texas songwriters, will lead the discussion and share various strategies for getting the creative juices flowing again. We’ll explore what causes writer’s block, talk about where ideas and inspiration come from and examine what techniques writers throughout the decades to overcome it and where the best ideas and inspiration come from. DC will conduct various in-class exercises designed to jumpstart your writing, showing attendees how they can become their own muses and turn to the visual arts, literature, movies and history to come up with original ideas that every prolific artist and writer relies on. Workshop participants will also leave the session with their very own custom-made prompt journal that is sure to take their writing in fun and unanticipated directions.

 

Interesting side note:

In the past five years, DC Bloom has suffered three strokes, had two open-heart surgeries, and nearly died from a burst abdominal aortic aneurysm. But through it all, he has kept writing music, recording albums and opening for such acts as Herman's Hermits and Karla Bonoff.  He started writing the songs featured on his most recent release, "Pack Up the Moon," just two weeks after suffering a triple stroke in January of 2017. He'll discuss the genesis of many of these stroke-influenced songs at this workshop, including "Soft Landings," inspired by a phrase his physical therapist often employed while he was recuperating at a skilled nursing facility in South Austin and "Harbor," a song that stresses the new, more empathetic perspectives his health problems have generated. He'll also share strategies for finding inspiration in unexpected places and sources.

$40.00

  • Available
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Sunday March 24th: 1:00 - 4:00PM @ Wilory Farm Fiddle in the middle of Texas W/Jeanne Ply

OYOU Workshop 

Sunday March 24th 

Wilory Farm (Directions sent upon reservation) 

1:00 - 4:00 

Pastries and refreshments provided

Wilory Farm in Martindale, Texas (Directions and information sent upon reservation) 

Teacher: Jeanne Ply! She's the fiddle wizard and singer-songwriting powerhouse in the band, Stringtown Texas. 

Level: Class for beginners! 

All ages 

Children under the age of 18 need to be accompanied by an adult at all times. 

Class is limited to 8 people 

This workshop will kickstart your fiddle playing! You have a fiddle, now what? Learn to play it in a non-threatening and fun environment! 

 

$40.00

  • Available
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Sunday March 31st 10:00AM - 1:00PM @ Wilory Farm Guitar For Songwriters W/Mandy Rowden

OYOU Workshop 

Sunday March 31st

Wilory Farm in Martindale, Texas (Directions and information sent upon reservation) 

10:00 - 1:00 

Pastries and refreshments provided

Wilory Farm in Martindale, Texas

Teacher: Mandy Rowden 

Mandy's Website

Level: Beginning to advanced player. You need to have a few basic chords under your belt. 

Ages: 18 +  

Class is limited to 8 people 

Class Description: Songwriters, beef up your guitar playing with this great workshop with Girl Guitar founder Mandy Rowden! We'll take basic chords and progressions and look at ways to add melodies, riffs, bass walking, and movement to them, giving you tricks that are usable time and time again to take your guitar playing up several notches! 

 

Mandy Rowden is an acclaimed singer-songwriter and founder of "Girl Guitar," which is a program designed to encourage women to participate in learning an instrument, writing, playing, and performing. Rowden is a student for life and plays an always-expanding list of instruments that now includes: piano, fiddle, mandolin, bass, harmonica, drums, ukulele, and banjo. 

 

"Rowden is more than your average country singer and a country mile beyond your average Americana performer." - Bluesbunny

"Right up there in Lucinda Williams territory"

— No Depression

"An Americana Sheryl Crow? Mandy Rowden has the talent, chops, and charisma to go there."

— Austin Chronicle

"Cool middle-of-the-road pop with a friendly warm vibe...Rowden has an image and sound that could easily appeal to millions of music fans."

— BabySue.com

"On her debut album, These Bad Habits, Rowden tells it like it is over a wiry brand of alt-country, singing in a low-key, sleepily sensual voice that calls to mind Kim Richey or Lucinda Williams."

— Charleston City Paper

"Guitar Licks for Everyday Use" Workshop W/Lloyd Maines May 6th @ Wilory Farm

$50.00

  • Available
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Sunday June 23rd 10:00AM - 1:00PM @ Wilory Farm Take it to the Stage W/Mandy Rowden

OYOU Workshop 

Sunday June 23rd

Wilory Farm in Martindale, Texas

10:00 - 1:00 

Pastries and refreshments provided

Wilory Farm in Martindale, Texas (Directions and information sent upon reservation) 

Teacher: Mandy Rowden 

Mandy's Website

Level: All levels 

Ages: 18 +  

Class is limited to 8 people 

Class Description: Ready to take your songs to the next level and book your own gigs, run your own sound, promote your own shows, hire your own bands, and tour? Awesome! However, it's easy to get bogged down in the details, and this CO-ED workshop is here to help you wade through the world of music that isn't the music itself. This workshop will be split into sections on booking and getting paid, buying your own PA and equipment, what's expected in promoting your gigs, protocol for working with other musicians, and a breakdown on taking the whole thing on the road. Save yourself years of heartache and trial and error in this packed and informative workshop with Girl Guitar founder and touring songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Mandy Rowden.

 

Mandy Rowden is an acclaimed singer-songwriter and founder of "Girl Guitar," which is a program designed to encourage women to participate in learning an instrument, writing, playing, and performing. Rowden is a student for life and plays an always-expanding list of instruments that now includes: piano, fiddle, mandolin, bass, harmonica, drums, ukulele, and banjo. 

 

"Rowden is more than your average country singer and a country mile beyond your average Americana performer." - Bluesbunny

"Right up there in Lucinda Williams territory"

— No Depression

"An Americana Sheryl Crow? Mandy Rowden has the talent, chops, and charisma to go there."

— Austin Chronicle

"Cool middle-of-the-road pop with a friendly warm vibe...Rowden has an image and sound that could easily appeal to millions of music fans."

— BabySue.com

"On her debut album, These Bad Habits, Rowden tells it like it is over a wiry brand of alt-country, singing in a low-key, sleepily sensual voice that calls to mind Kim Richey or Lucinda Williams."

— Charleston City Paper

"Guitar Licks for Everyday Use" Workshop W/Lloyd Maines May 6th @ Wilory Farm

$50.00

  • Available
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Sunday June 28th Time TBA @ Wilory Farm Vocal Know How W/Raquel Lindemann

OYOU Workshop 

Sunday June 28th 

Wilory Farm in Martindale, Texas

Time TBA 

Pastries and refreshments provided

Wilory Farm in Martindale, Texas (Directions and information sent upon reservation) 

Teacher: Raquel Lindemann  

Raquel's Website 

Level: All levels 

Ages: 18 +  

Class is limited to 10 people 

Class Description: 

 

TBA 

"Guitar Licks for Everyday Use" Workshop W/Lloyd Maines May 6th @ Wilory Farm

$30.00

  • Available
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Sunday NOV 3rd: 10:00AM - 1:00PM @ Wilory Farm Guitar and Sideman Skills W/Michael O'Connor

OYOU Workshop 

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. 

 

Website

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.

Voice W/Raquel Lindemann July 8th 1:00PM - 2:30PM @ Wilory Farm

$50.00

  • Available
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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. 

 


Our Rotating Workshop Leaders

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.