Bluegrass Classes



Let the Old Town School help you start playing a truly American style of music.

The Old Town School is proud to be the home of the largest and most cohesive bluegrass program in the city. Our staff of incredible bluegrass musicians will take your playing to the next level!

Be sure to read the class descriptions to see the needed level of proficiency on your instrument of choice.

List of All Bluegrass Courses for Adults (26 found)

Introduction to the Banjo

Banjo  |  Group ClassBeginner

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Tuesday or Thursday with Chris Walz or Matt Brown

For anyone attracted to the 5-string banjo but not sure which style to try first, this is for you!

21st Century Banjo Repertoire

Banjo  |  Group ClassAdvanced

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Tuesday with Matt Brown

Learn to play some of your favorite contemporary songs on the banjo!

Bluegrass Banjo 1

Banjo  |  Group ClassBeginner

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Thursday with Chris Walz

The first of five classes in the Bluegrass Banjo series that will take you through the techniques needed to play in a bluegrass style.

Bluegrass Banjo 1 Repertoire

Banjo  |  Group ClassBeginner

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Tuesday with Dave Bragman

Now you've got some chords, right hand rolls, and tunes under your fingers, Bluegrass Banjo 1 Repertoire will teach tunes that will strengthen your bluegrass skills.

Bluegrass Banjo 2

Banjo  |  Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

If you would like to be contacted when this class runs again, please email Program Manager Ian Wilson with your contact information.

Bluegrass Banjo 2 Repertoire

Banjo  |  Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Thursday with Chris Walz

Master advanced songs and build up the skills you have learned since Bluegrass Banjo 1.

Bluegrass Banjo 3

Banjo  |  Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

If you would like to be contacted when this class runs again, please email Program Manager Ian Wilson with your contact information.

Bluegrass Banjo 4 - Earl Scruggs

Banjo  |  Group ClassAdvanced

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Thursday with Chris Walz

Earl Scruggs was the father of Bluegrass Banjo and this class will study the tunes from the album “Foggy Mountain Banjo”.

New Americana Ensemble

Ensemble  |  Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($196 members)

Bluegrass Ensemble

Ensemble  |  Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $222 ($212 members)

Monday with Colby Maddox or John Huber

Country & Bluegrass Harmony: Strings and Vocals

Ensemble  |  WorkshopIntermediateNew!

90 minutes  ·  Once a week for 1 week  ·  $25 ($24 members)

Saturday with Gail Tyler or Paul Tyler

Folk Songs: Carrying History Forward

Ensemble  |  Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($196 members)

If you would like to be contacted when this class runs again, please email Guitar Program Manager Jimmy Tomasello with your contact information.

Monday Night Special

Ensemble  |  Group ClassIntermediateNew!

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($196 members)

We'll start offering this class in Session 4 2018

Vintage Country Ensemble

Ensemble  |  Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($196 members)

Wednesday with Gail Tyler or Paul Tyler

Let's play the good old good ones

Fiddle 2 Repertoire

Fiddle & Cello  |  Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Wednesday with Steve Rosen

Fiddle 2 Repertoire is the next step to Fiddle 3. Practice correct bowing, scale knowledge, and other Fiddle 2 skills.

Four-Stringed Improvisation - Fiddle and Mandolin

Fiddle & Cello  |  Group ClassAdvanced

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Tuesday with Colby Maddox

Have you ever wondered how to “just play”? Start here!

Improvising for Fiddle - It doesn't have to be scary!

Fiddle & Cello  |  WorkshopOpen to AllNew!

90 minutes  ·  Once a week for 1 week  ·  $25 ($24 members)

Saturday with Megan Lynch

So, What Does the Fiddle Do in a Jam Again?

Fiddle & Cello  |  WorkshopOpen to AllNew!

90 minutes  ·  Once a week for 1 week  ·  $25 ($24 members)

Saturday with Megan Lynch

Flatpicking 1 - Rhythm

Guitar  |  Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Tuesday with Chris Walz

Get a grip on your pick and work your rhythm chops.

Flatpicking 2 - Technique

Guitar  |  Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

This class alternates with Flatpicking 1 If you would like to be contacted when this class runs again, please email Guitar Program Manager Jimmy Tomasello with your contact information.

Flatpicking 3 - Repertoire

Guitar  |  Group ClassAdvanced

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Tuesday with Chris Walz

Let's develop soloing skills over classic repertoire.

Introduction to the Mandolin

Mandolin  |  Group ClassBeginner

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Tuesday with Colby Maddox

If you love the sound of a mandolin but have never played a stringed instrument before, this class if for you.

Mandolin 1

Mandolin  |  Group ClassBeginner

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Wednesday with Colby Maddox

Learn Mandolin fundamentals like left hand fretting, using a pick, and basic chords and melodies.

Mandolin 1 Repertoire

Mandolin  |  Group ClassBeginner

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

If you would like to be contacted when this class runs again, please email Program Manager Ian Wilson with your contact information.

Mandolin 2

Mandolin  |  Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Monday with Colby Maddox

Take Mandolin 2 to learn more challenging tunes and songs from a variety of traditions by ear and with tablature.

Mandolin 2 Repertoire

Mandolin  |  Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Wednesday with Colby Maddox

Take Mandolin 2 Repertoire to polish your skills, learn more songs from a variety of traditions and begin learning how to arrange and improvise.

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