Workshops are open to the public, for both currently enrolled and non-enrolled students.

All workshops will be held at

Orion Music Studio
51 South Anderson Street
Lake Orion, MI

Workshops are for ages 8 to adult.

Admission fee $10 advance/$15 day of 

Class sizes are limited; please reserve by calling 248-391- 4545 or email owner Nick Schillace at

 Interested in any of these being hosted again? Send a request to and we'll keep you updated on future workshops!

Past Workshops

Thursday, December 8th 
"Applying CAGED Harmony" - Taught by Marc Michaud
7:30pm – 8:30pm
You know some chords, but now what do you do with them? Learn about chord relationships on the guitar, how they work together, and how to play more efficiently with another guitarist, as well
as improve solo technique. Barre chord experience necessary.

With a Bachelors of Music in Guitar Performance from Wayne State University, Marc Michaud is a classically trained guitarist performing both as a soloist and for ensemble in a wide variety of styles, including jazz, rock, funk and blues. A music educator since 1993, Marc teaches beginning and advanced guitar at Orion Music Studio.


Saturday, September 24th
“Beginning Songwriting” - Taught by Jennie Knaggs
3pm – 4:30pm
Find your voice! Get your ideas on paper while learning popular song structures and styles; strengthening lyrics, delivery, and experimenting with chord combinations. All instruments welcome. Some knowledge of chords is helpful but not necessary. 

Instructor Jennie Knaggs is a composer, vocalist and multi-instrumentalist. She has been writing, recording and performing for over 20 years in a variety of styles including folk, pop, rock and new music. A classically trained vocalist, Jennie is a graduate of Antioch College, and currently
performs with her folk duo Lac La Belle, and teaches voice, guitar, mandolin and ukulele at Orion Music Studio.

Sunday, October 2nd 2016
“How to Prepare for a Jam Session” - Taught by Josh Martelli
3pm – 5pm
Tired of playing alone? Learn the basics of playing with other musicians, build your listening skills and improve your solo technique. Guitarists and pianists welcome! Attendees should have basic chord knowledge for this workshop.

With a degree in jazz studies from Wayne State University, Instructor Josh Martelli performs across the Detroit metro area in a variety of different groups, and teaches piano, guitar, and ukulele at Orion Music Studio. 

Sunday, October 16th
"Fingerpicking Fundamentals" - Taught by Nick Schillace
3pm – 4:30pm
Solo fingerstyle guitar is one of the most challenging and rewarding ways of playing the guitar. Get started using your thumb and fingers and begin your "fingerpicking" journey with an internationally recognized expert in the style. This class is for intermediate guitar players with working knowledge of chords, scales, tab and fretboard notes. 
Instructor and Orion Music Studio owner Nick Schillace earned his graduate degree in music from Wayne State University in 2002. He also studied finger picking in West Virginia, and is known for his specialty in the American Primitive playing style. Owner of Orion Music Studio since 2000, he has toured nationally and internationally in support of his solo recordings, as well as his work with folk duo, Lac La Belle. Nick teaches beginning and advanced guitar and banjo at Orion Music


Saturday November 12th
"Introduction and Exploration of Guitar Effects" - Taught by Dan Velic
Ever curious how your favorite musicians get their signature sound? Have an electric guitar but not sure how to get the most of it? Learn the use of different effect pedals to develop tone and texture, and discover loop pedals and how to arrange your melodies in a loop to advance your playing style. Basic chord knowledge necessary.
With a degree from Wayne State in classical guitar with a secondary focus in jazz guitar, instructor Dan Velic performs all over metro Detroit (both acoustic and electric), while teaching
beginning and advanced guitar lessons at Orion Music Studio.