Bluegrass Classes



Let the Old Town School help you start playing a truly American style 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 (25 found)

Introduction to the Banjo

Banjo  |  Group ClassBeginner

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $192 ($182 members)

Monday, Tuesday or Thursday with Jim Becker, 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!

Bluegrass Banjo: Advanced Skills

Banjo  |  Group ClassAdvanced

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $192 ($182 members)

Bluegrass Banjo 1

Banjo  |  Group ClassBeginner

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $192 ($182 members)

Tuesday with 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

Banjo  |  Group ClassBeginner

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $192 ($182 members)

Tuesday or Thursday with Chris Walz or 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  ·  $192 ($182 members)

Thursday with Chris Walz

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

Bluegrass Banjo 2 Repertoire

Banjo  |  Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $192 ($182 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  ·  $192 ($182 members)

Thursday with Chris Walz

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

Banjo  |  Group ClassAdvanced

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $192 ($182 members)

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

Bluegrass Ensemble

Ensemble  |  Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $204 ($194 members)

Monday with Colby Maddox or John Huber

Bluegrass Jam

Ensemble  |  WorkshopOpen to All

110 minutes  ·  Once a week for 1 week  ·  $0 ($0 members)

Sunday with Staff

Prospective students, current students, former students, and anybody else who just wants to pick and sing - come out and join in!

Folk Songs: Carrying History Forward

Ensemble  |  Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $192 ($182 members)

Thursday with Peggy Browning

A fun and rewarding ensemble class for all levels of player

Vintage Country Ensemble

Ensemble  |  Group ClassIntermediateNew!

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $192 ($182 members)

Wednesday with Gail Tyler or Paul Tyler

Fiddle 2 Repertoire

Fiddle & Cello  |  Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $192 ($182 members)

Tuesday, Thursday or Sunday with Paul Tyler, Colby Maddox or Jordan Wankoff

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

Flatpicking 1 - Rhythm

Guitar  |  Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $192 ($182 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  ·  $192 ($182 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  ·  $192 ($182 members)

Tuesday with Chris Walz

Let's develop soloing skills

Bluegrass Guitar 1

Guitar  |  Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $192 ($182 members)

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

Bluegrass Guitar 2

Guitar  |  Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $192 ($182 members)

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

Bluegrass Guitar 3

Guitar  |  Group ClassAdvanced

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $192 ($182 members)

Saturday with John Huber

Build your songbag with this on-going class

Introduction to the Mandolin

Mandolin  |  Group ClassBeginnerNew!

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $192 ($182 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  ·  $192 ($182 members)

Monday 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  ·  $192 ($182 members)

Monday or Wednesday with Colby Maddox

Take Mandolin 1 Repertoire if you have experience with a stringed instrument and you are comfortable learning melodies by ear and with tablature.

Mandolin 2

Mandolin  |  Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $192 ($182 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 Repertoire

Mandolin  |  Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $192 ($182 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.

Ole-Time Gospel

Voice  |  Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $192 ($182 members)

Sunday with Rita Ruby

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