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.

Introduction to the Banjo

Beginner

Tuesday or Thursday with Chris Walz or Jonas Friddle

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

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

21st Century Banjo Repertoire

Advanced

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

Bluegrass Banjo 1

Beginner

Thursday with Chris Walz

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

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

Beginner

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

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

Bluegrass Banjo 2

Intermediate

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

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

Bluegrass Banjo 2 Repertoire

Intermediate

Tuesday with Laird Patten

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

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

Bluegrass Banjo 3

Intermediate

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

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

Bluegrass Banjo 4: Earl Scruggs

Advanced

Thursday with Chris Walz

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

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

Bluegrass Fiddle with Jeremy Garrett of The Infamous Stringdusters

WorkshopOpen to AllNew!

Sunday with Staff

90min minutes  ·  Once a week for 1 week  ·  $30 ($25 members)

New Americana Ensemble

Intermediate

Monday with Alton Smith

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

Hey Ho and all points in between

Beginning String Band Ensemble

Intermediate

Thursday with Colby Maddox or Dan Mulvihill

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

Come join the band

Bluegrass Ensemble

Intermediate

Monday with Colby Maddox or John Huber

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

dig into one of the great American music genres.

Folk Songs: Carrying History Forward

Intermediate

Thursday with Peggy Browning

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

A fun and rewarding ensemble class for all levels of player

Monday Night Special

Intermediate

Monday with Mark Mitchell or Peggy Browning

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

Let it Shine on you

Vintage Country Ensemble

Intermediate

Wednesday with Paul Tyler

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

Let's play the good old good ones

Fiddle 2 Repertoire

Intermediate

Thursday or Sunday with Colby Maddox or Jordan Wankoff

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

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

Advanced

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

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

Heroes of Flatpicking

IntermediateNew!

Tuesday with Chris Walz

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

Learn to make your pick dance on the strings.

Flatpicking 1 - Rhythm

Intermediate

Tuesday with Chris Walz

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

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

Flatpicking 2 - Technique

Intermediate

Tuesday with Chris Walz

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

Let's get melodic

Introduction to the Mandolin

Beginner

Tuesday with Colby Maddox

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

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

Mandolin 1

Beginner

Wednesday with Colby Maddox

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

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

Mandolin 1 Repertoire

Beginner

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

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

Mandolin 2

Intermediate

Wednesday with Colby Maddox

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

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

Mandolin 2 Repertoire

Intermediate

Monday with Colby Maddox

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

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