WFM LEARNING LAB
|“A teacher affects eternity; he can never
tell where his influence stops.” – Henry Brooks Adams
I’ve always loved to teach. I’m deeply indebted to the great teachers in my
own life – most of which were tough, sometimes scary and yet ultimately
loving deep wells of vital information. They passed that food of life on to me
in a variety of ways and, thinking back on them, I realize now that each of
them had that same central quality – they too loved to teach.
“It is the supreme art of the teacher to
awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.” – Albert Einstein
And so, we here at Watchfire Music recognize this necessity to
communicate knowledge and have decided to create within the company a
center for inspiration and data transference – the Watchfire Music Learning
Lab, a school for students of all ages, where specialized professional music
classes of a most interesting variety will be taught.
“The art of teaching is the art of assisting
discovery.” – Mark van Doren
The WFM Learning Lab
is open to Beginners, Intermediates and also
has a series of Master classes all taught by top professionals.
(See: Teacher Bios)
“The mediocre teacher tells. The good
teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates.
teacher inspires.” – William Arthur Ward
And so we will offer the following classes for Beginners
Songwriting 101 & 201
Learn to write a hit song, a story song, songs for the theater, sacred
songs, rap songs, and songs in any genre. Direction in title search,
conceptualization, various song forms, chord progressions, melody
expression, lyric writing. Taught by award-winning, platinum-selling
Lyrics 101 & 201
Learn proper rhyming, scanning, song form, conceptualization, title
search, color words, story telling, all the skills of the masters. Learn why “a
poem doth not a lyric make”. Taught by Pop and Broadway award-winning
Logic Studio Pro 9.1.2
This is the world’s #1 software program for computer based music
recording. Learn how to use this virtual recording studio to create your own
masters at home. Taught by Logic user and teacher with 15 years
Midi Rhythm Section Arranging 101 &
This is often the most difficult skill to master for music arrangers and
orchestrators. Learn the 5 parts of the sonic spectrum, how to make your
rhythm section cook, how to set up a proper drum and bass groove, how to
arrange and program guitar and keyboards into effective, yet simple
grooves, how to make your band tight. Taught by pro arrangers from all
Vocal Performance 101 & 201
Not just ‘how to sing’, but rather, ‘how to act the song’ – Meisner
Technique. Just having a pretty voice is just not enough. What separates
the stars from the wannabes is the ability to get inside a lyric and act the
song. Find the performer within you. Taught by stage director, vocal coach
and record producer with 30 years experience.
Music Recording Production 101 &
Essentially, ‘how to produce your own music in your own home studio’ –
a skill more necessary than ever in this evolving world of home studio
recordings. Taught by a producer/engineer with over 50 albums to his
Acoustic Guitar 101 & 201
Still the preferred method of learning to play both acoustic and electric
guitar. Learn new chord progressions, to read a chord chart, various finger
picking techniques, flat pick strumming, finger and hand agility. Taught by
studio guitarist with 30 years experience playing and teaching.
Studio Background singing 101 &
Learn number system of instant sight-reading, ear training, the art of
blending, pitch and vibrato control -- professional techniques that make this
such a specialized skill. Taught by one of New York’s top studio singers
and vocal arrangers.
The Art Of The Audition 101 (only)
Having trouble nailing those jobs down? Learn the art of auditioning
from a seasoned teacher who has taught the auditioning classes at the
Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theater for the past 25 years. The
trick is not necessarily in how you sing or act, but how you manage the
entire auditioning experience. Learn specifically why.
“He that imagines he has knowledge enough
has none.” – Unknown
The WFM Learning Lab will also offer Master Classes
following subjects: (See: Descriptions above for classes)
Lyrics – The Art
Logic Studio Pro 9 and 10
Most of these classes will be private classes – one on one with the teacher,
but a few may evolve into group study though kept small and personal.
Pricing will be kept affordable. Private classes (one on one) will be held
between $75 and $100 per class class.
Most classes can be scheduled to fit your busy schedule. Once scheduled,
regularity is required.
Come to The WFM Learning Lab or let it come to you through Skype and Zoom!
To obtain more information or enroll call 908 608-
3189 or email Peter Link
“A teacher is one who makes himself progressively
unnecessary.” – Thomas Carruthers
To obtain more information or enroll call 908 608-3189 or email Peter Link
Peter Link (composer/record producer) won the NY Drama Desk Award for
his musical, Salvation, out of which came his first Gold Record, If You Let
Me Make Love To You, Then Why Can't I Touch You? which sold over
two million records. He is a two-time Tony Award Nominee for his musical
scores of Joseph Papp's Much Ado About Nothing and Neil Simon's
The Good Doctor. His Broadway credits include Ulysses In
Nighttown (Zero Mostel), Lysistrata (Melina Mercouri), The
Mighty Gents (Morgan Freeman), Trelawney Of The Wells at
Lincoln Center (Meryl Streep, Michael Tucker, Mandy Patinkin, John
Lithgow) and King Of Hearts.
He composed, produced and directed The Jenny Burton Experience. The
group swept all the major NYC cabaret awards for Best Vocal Group during
their more than 7-year run in NYC including the Backstage Bistro Award,
The Critics Choice Award and The MAC Award and Entertainers Of The
He wrote and produced Julia Wade’s CDs, Upon The Mountain, Story For
The Ages, Alabado sea Dios, Every Day, Affirmations, Solos and most
recently, Silk Road.
He has also produced many other CDs. Among them are Mindy Jostyn,
Coming Home, a solo CD for Steve Blanchard, star of Beauty And The
Beast on Broadway, Shepherd for guitarist Bobby Stanton, a new CD of
children’s songs, entitled For Kids Only and solo CDs for Jenny Burton,
entitled, I Think On These Things and Reaching Out From The Inside,
Osceola Davis’ CD, Climbing High Mountains and his own CDs, Ode To
Joy and his recently released Goin’ Home. He is CEO and Creative
Director of Watchfire Music.
For complete info on Peter Link:
“Thank you so much for everything. I am reeeeeally starting to recognize
how MUCH I've learned since I started working with you. I feel so smart.” –
“I have learned a tremendous amount from Peter about signal flow,
composition and recording software, set-up and maintenance of this
equipment -- basically how this all works together. And with this
knowledge, along with his support over the phone, I was able to hook
everything up all by myself!” – Rebecca
“If you want to tear a topic apart and put it back together again, Peter Link is
your go-to person. Trust me, I've sought his advice on practically every
subject the Learning Lab is offering and never went away disappointed.” --