The Jenny Brook Bluegrass University features beginner classes for adults who want to get the right start or review the fundamentals. Classes are held for all instruments and vocals, in a small group setting (between 3 and 9 students per class). The classes will be held on Saturday, Jun 25th from 2 until 4:30 pm, and the cost for two-and-a-half hours of hands-on instruction is only $35. Students are asked to bring an instrument and a folding (armless) chair, however some loaner instruments can be provided if we have enough notice.
In case you missed it, there was a great article about the Jenny Brook Bluegrass University written by Dick Bowden on Bluegrass Today:
The teachers at this year’s Jenny Brook Bluegrass University include some of the most talented and experienced we’ve ever had:
Banjo – Bruce Stockwell
Guitar – Lincoln Meyers
Vocals – Mary Maguire
Mandolin – Tony Watt
Fiddle – Laura Orshaw
Dobro – Andy Katz
Bass – Kelly Stockwell
Although each teacher will be addressing different topics, all
teachers will be gearing their classes towards beginners and
beginner/intermediate musicians. For complete class descriptions and
teacher bios please visit
Six beginner classes for adults held at The Jenny Brook Bluegrass
Festival. The classes are two and a half hours of hands-on instruction
on Saturday from 2 until 4:30 pm, and the cost is $35.
See below for class descriptions and teacher bios. Although each
teacher will be addressing different topics (see below), all teachers
will be gearing their classes towards beginners and
beginner/intermediate musicians. These classes are geared towards
those who want to get the right start or review the fundamentals.
No, unfortunately all of the classes are held at the same time on
Saturday from 2 until 4:30 pm. But all of the teachers have additional
availability, and we recommended you ask the teacher about other
options, such as a private lesson at another time.
The classes will be held at various locations throughout the
festival, usually at the instructor’s own campsite.
Come meet your teacher at the Bluegrass University Preview at 6 pm
on Friday and/or the Meet & Greet at 1 pm on Saturday. Then be sure to
arrive no later than 1:45 pm on Saturday so you can go with your
teacher to the class location.
Hour-long sessions meant to introduce you to the Bluegrass
University instructors and their classes. Please stop by and say
hello, and we can answer any questions you may have.
You need to bring an instrument and a chair, preferably a folding
(armless) chair. You should also bring $35 in cash or check made out
to your instructor.
No, you can walk up as late as 1:45 pm on Saturday, but class size
is limited and preregistration is encouraged; you can preregister for
all classes by e-mailing Tony Watt at firstname.lastname@example.org or calling
615-330-6396. You can preregister beforehand or at the festival.
The class size is limited to 3 students minimum and 9 students
maximum. The maximum class size ensures that every student gets a
small group learning environment. Unfortunately teachers may not be
able to offer the class if there are less than 3 students. In that
case, we highly recommended you ask your teacher about other options,
such as a private lesson at the same time.
Yes, you are welcome to make an audio recording of your class,
provided you agree not to post it on the internet or share it widely.
Video recording is not allowed without explicit permission from your
teacher. Some teachers may even record the class for you and send you
a copy later.