The Purpose of the Workout:

  • To meet musicians where they are at and to help them get to where they want to be as artists and creative professionals through hand-tailored experiences designed to address the unique needs and goals of its participants.

Who is the Workout for:

  • Intermediate to advanced musical artists—including songwriters, vocalists, instrumentalists, music producers, and performing artists—who are focused on making a career of their craft, have demonstrated experience, and have a vision for their progress.
  • Community-minded artists open to collaboration as a transformative tool for improvement and growth


October 7 – December 16 (Mondays and Tuesdays from 6:00-8:00 PM)


$400 (payment due in full September 9)
*Financial aid available

What all is included?

  • 16, 2-hour group sessions
  • 8 weeks of personal consultation
  • 2 hours a week of free access to Music District facilities (rehearsal rooms, beats labs)

Registration Deadline is August 30. Need-based scholarships are available.

Course Syllabus:



MD Team:

Kyle James Hauser

Artist Development Manager Kyle James Hauser is a graduate of Songwriting from the Berklee College of Music. He’s been involved in over a dozen album releases over his career, and his album “You a Thousand Times” reached #1 on Colorado Public Radio a month after its release. His songs are featured in film and television including Judd Apatow’s The Big Sick, MTV’s 16 & Pregnant and Teen Mom, Where Hope Grows and many more and his  performance credits include performances at the Kentucky Derby, and sharing the stage with Nathaniel Rateliff, Bonnie “Prince” Billy, The Head and the Heart, Brett Dennen, John Hiatt, David Grisman and more. In addition to his role at The Music District, he teaches songwriting for Berklee Online.


 Alysia Kraft

Alysia is a member of the original Music District staff, hired in 2016. Over the last three years, Alysia has shared her extensive knowledge as a successful member of the local music scene in order to inform and inspire the developing artists she works within her role as Artist Development Coordinator. In ten active years as a songwriter and performer with bands The Patti Fiasco and Whippoorwill, Alysia has released six albums, shared the region’s biggest stages with icons like Bon Jovi, Blondie, and Bonnie Raitt, toured with personal heroes including Big Thief and Shovels and Rope, and been voted Best Frontperson of the Year by a jury of peers in the Fort Collins Music Association from 2013-2019.


Former instructors include:

Rod C. Taylor, Ph.D.

Rod Taylor Ph.D. is an award-winning educator, author, and musician who’s been active in the arts for over twenty-five years. As a musician, he’s been fortunate enough to play and/or record with Krista Detor, Victor Wooten, Chuck Rainey, and a variety of other great musicians. Rod lives in Nashville, where he also serves as an Artist in Residence for the Commercial Music program at Lipscomb University.





Scott Flynn

Originally from the New York area, Scott Flynn has quickly become one of the most sought after trombone players in the country. Scott attended Berklee College of Music where he majored in Performance, Production & Orchestration. He has also studied with the likes of horn legends such as Joe Lovano and Hal Crook. Scott has performed, toured and recorded with the following artists: Grammy-nominated artist Pretty Lights, Eric Kranso, Turkuaz, Jimmy Heath, Adam Deitch, Dopapod (to name a few), In 2016 Scott joined the critically acclaimed electronic duo ODESZA, which is currently touring & performing around the globe. He also continues to write and produce his own original music: The electronic power trio known as Elephant Wrecking Ball on Ropeadope Records, the trombone super group Trombombs, and reggae/ska group The Illegal States Brass Band.




Four sisters, raised in an atmosphere of creative freedom and diligent study, have honed their musical skills surgically sharp and blended their personalities and visions into a unified whole. They are a vocal group with outstanding instrumental capabilities and an instrumental group with a thrilling vocal attack. From their fetching, unpredictable songs to their whimsical, hand-made top hats,  SHEL makes a profound impression, something they are doing to growing crowds and critical acclaim. SHEL has achieved many benchmarks that point to a full and fruitful career ahead. They’ve played public radio’s Etown, Echoes, South by Southwest, Nashville’s Music City Roots, Lilith Fair, and numerous other distinguished festivals.



Courtney Hartman

Colorado native, Courtney Hartman has become one of the most well-respected guitarists in the American-Roots music world. She moved to the east coast from Loveland in 2009 after receiving a scholarship to attend the prestigious Berklee College of Music.

Her work has been heralded by music and critics and her peers. Acoustic Guitar Magazine named her to their “30 Under 30” list, and jazz guitar virtuoso Julian Lage lauded her as “one of the great guitarists of our generation.” The Fretboard Journal wrote that Courtney is “easily one of the greatest flatpicking guitarists performing today,”

In 2011, she joined Grammy-nominated band, Della Mae, and spent the following five years touring full-time in over 30 countries as well as writing and recording two albums for Rounder Records. Courtney’s solo release, Ready Reckoner was released in June 2019.