Banjo Classes



Come play the only instrument invented in America!

Our banjo classes are divided into three main styles: Clawhammer, Old-Time Two Finger and Bluegrass. If you are not sure which style to play, try Introduction to the Banjo and get a taste of all three styles in one eight week class.

List of All Banjo Courses for Adults (22 found)

Introduction to the Banjo

Adult Group ClassBeginner

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $184 ($174 members)

Tuesday or Thursday with Jonas Friddle or Matt Brown

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

Clawhammer Banjo 1

Adult Group ClassBeginner

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $184 ($174 members)

Thursday with Steve Rosen

Begin by using chords to strum simple songs with a technique known as frailing.

Clawhammer Banjo 2

Adult Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $184 ($174 members)

Tuesday with Jonas Friddle

Go beyond the basics with Clawhammer techniques such as drop-thumbing, while playing more challenging songs and fiddle tunes.

Clawhammer Banjo 3

Adult Group ClassAdvanced

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $184 ($174 members)

Thursday or Saturday with Steve Rosen or Jim Becker

Develop stronger left and right hand techniques in frailing and drop-thumb using hammer-ons, pull-offs, and slides.

Clawhammer Blues Etc

Adult Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $184 ($174 members)

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

Blues for Clawhammer Banjo

Adult Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $184 ($174 members)

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

Dylan For Clawhammer Banjo

Adult Group ClassIntermediateNew!

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $184 ($174 members)

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

Folk Songs for Clawhammer Banjo

Adult Group ClassIntermediateNew!

minutes  ·  Once a week for weeks  ·  $184 ($174 members)

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

Pete Seeger & Woody Guthrie for Clawhammer Banjo

Adult Group ClassIntermediateNew!

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 4 weeks  ·  $92 ($82 members)

Monday with Michael Miles

Bluegrass Banjo 1

Adult Group ClassBeginner

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $184 ($174 members)

Monday or Thursday with Chris Walz or Dave Bragman

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

Adult Group ClassBeginner

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $184 ($174 members)

Monday or Saturday 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

Adult Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $184 ($174 members)

Thursday with Chris Walz

Pick up some advanced rolls and tunes, as well as rhythm and back-up playing.

Bluegrass Banjo 2 Repertoire

Adult Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $184 ($174 members)

Thursday with Chris Walz

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

Bluegrass Banjo 3

Adult Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $184 ($174 members)

Tuesday with Keith Baumann

Put all the pieces together - the right hand rolls and changing them inside of one measure, back up and fill in licks, and vamping positions with chops and rolls.

Bluegrass Banjo 4 - Earl Scruggs

Adult Group ClassAdvanced

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $184 ($174 members)

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

Old Time Two-Finger Banjo 1

Adult Group ClassBeginner

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $184 ($174 members)

Thursday with Matt Brown

This beginning level will start you off with simple melodies in the two-finger "thumb lead" style.

Old Time Two-Finger Banjo 2

Adult Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $184 ($174 members)

Wednesday with Matt Brown

We will build your repertoire of common tunes while also venturing into tunings beyond standard G and double C.

Old Time Two-Finger Banjo 3

Adult Group ClassAdvanced

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $184 ($174 members)

Wednesday with Matt Brown

You will learn how to craft two-finger banjo melody parts to fit into an old time string band or to play a duet with a fiddle.

Old Time Two-Finger Banjo 4

Adult Group ClassAdvancedNew!

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $184 ($174 members)

Monday with Matt Brown

Bluegrass Banjo Survival Skills

Adult Group ClassAdvanced

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $184 ($174 members)

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

Pete Seeger 5-String Banjo Style for Beginners

Adult WorkshopOpen to AllNew!

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

Sunday with Mark Dvorak

Pete Seeger 5-String Banjo Style for Intermediate Players

Adult WorkshopIntermediateNew!

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

Sunday with Mark Dvorak

Explore Pete Seeger's signature accompaniment techniques in detail!

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