Annapolis Neighborhood Music

Welcome to Annapolis Neighborhood Music!  My name is Erin Maloney, and I’ve been teaching music for over 15 years. I teach house-call lessons in the Annapolis area, or in my downtown studio.  Specializing in fingerstyle, classical and folk guitar, ukulele, mandolin & bass guitar, I accept students of all levels, ages and musical interests.

Lessons are tailored to each student’s musical goals, tastes and abilities.  My goal is to make each student fall in love with their instrument playing songs that they want to play, rather than checking off exercises in a book.  We learn technique, theory, and performance practice through the music that you are interested in.

Private lessons are conducted weekly, 45 minutes per lesson.  I book a full hour for extra help, questions and chatting, so I’m never in a hurry to end a lesson.  No additional cost for lessons at your home if you’re within 15 minutes of downtown Annapolis, and a small travel fee may apply if you’re outside the main service area.

Group lessons are also conducted on a weekly basis, and durations vary depending on group size.  Group lessons are a good option for friends looking to learn their instruments without breaking the bank, as these lessons are much cheaper per person.  Group lessons are primarily for people that are beginners, or a group of people that are at the same level of skill on their instruments.



If you don’t have an instrument but you’re considering lessons, contact me for advice on purchasing your first instrument.  This advice is free of charge, and I am happy to provide guidance.  There are many guitars, ukuleles and mandolins out there for sale that seem to be made as decorations more than functional instruments!  Many people have been put off by shoddy instruments that are difficult to tune or to play, and fighting an unplayable instrument shouldn’t be one of the concerns of a beginner. Knowing what to look for in an instrument is not very obvious for someone that doesn’t play, and I can help find something to fit your style and your budget!

Let’s Groove, Baby

After having my son, I’m finally pursuing an idea that I had while I was in graduate school.  While studying Ethnomusicology at the University of Washington in Seattle, I met musicians and music researchers from all over the world.  I always wanted to start a “mommy and me” type of music class for babies and toddlers, and it seemed natural to incorporate my work in Ethnomusicology and World Music into these classes.  When children are exposed to rhythms, languages and tonalities other than the culture that they live in, they internalize the patterns in a way different from adults.  We all know that babies are sponges, and that exposing them to other languages from birth gives them a significant advantage to being multi-lingual as they learn to express themselves.  This is a similar concept with exposing them to music from around the world when they are young!  Your child will dance and interact with traditional children’s music from all over the world, while developing social, cognitive, dexterity and general music skills along with way.

Let’s Groove, Baby! courses are broken up by age groups, with three age groups for children, and an adult course where parents can learn to sing and play their children’s favorite lullabies or kids’ songs on the guitar or ukulele.  Visit Let’s Groove, Baby! for a full list of course offerings and more information!

Groovy Newbies:  Babies from 0-12 months

Groovy Twosies: Babies from 12-24 months

Groovy Toddlers: All pre-school aged children are welcome!

Groovy Mamas & Papas: Group music instruction for parents on the guitar and ukulele to learn songs to sing for your children

Upcoming Performances

Live music available for booking as a solo, small ensemble and full band for engagements.  Contact for pricing and availability!


20th- Mythology Society at the Brick House Brewery in Corning, NY @ 9pm

21st- Mythology Society in Hammondsport, NY at Steuben Brewery 3-6pm


30th- Erin Maloney Solo at Nedloh Brewing Co in Canandaigua, NY 6-8:30pm


1st- Private Party

8th- Erin Maloney Solo Keuka Brewing Co. Hammondsport, NY 3-6pm

28th- Erin Maloney Solo at Lakeside Restaurant in Hammondsport, NY 6-9pm

29th- Erin Maloney Solo at Stever Hill Winery in Hammondsport, NY 3-6pm


4th- Erin Maloney Solo at Finger Lakes Beer Co. Hammondsport, NY 4-7pm

5th- Erin Maloney Solo at Keuka Brewing Co. Hammondsport, NY 3-6pm

11th- Erin Maloney Solo at Steuben Brewing Co. Hammondsport, NY 5-8pm

12th- Private Party

13th- Erin Maloney Solo at Lakeside Restaurant in Hammondsport, NY 3-6pm

31st- Mythology Society at the Music in the Park in Hammondsport, NY 6-8


1st- Erin Maloney Solo at Steuben Brewing Co. Hammondsport, NY 5-8pm

3rd- Erin Maloney Solo at Finger Lakes Beer Co. Hammondsport, NY 2-5pm

15th- Erin Maloney Solo at Finger Lakes Beer Co. Hammondsport, NY 4-7pm

16th- Private Party