So you want to learn how to play the banjo...? Well, you've come to the right place!
I have been playing bluegrass banjo for 15 years. While playing in a band called the Big Fat Gap, I have had the good fortune of playing with some of the premiere bluegrass musicians in the country - including members of Leftover Salmon, the Steep Canyon Rangers, Larry Keep, Mandolin Orange, Mipso, Jon Stickley Trio, Town Mountain, and many more.
All the while, I have enjoyed teaching the banjo to a wide variety of wonderful students, hoping to instill in them the confidence and ability to play with others and to foster a love for bluegrass music. For the past 6 years, I have also been a math teacher at a middle school in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
I spend alot of time thinking about teaching and thinking about the banjo. I love what I do and I'd love to help you in your journey to learn the banjo!
Schedule a lesson today to get the journey started. If you don't see a time that works for you on my availability calendar, send me a message and we may be able to still find a time!
After teaching music to a wide variety of people and teaching math to middle schoolers, I have learned (over and over again!) that everyone learns differently. It is my job to teach in a way that fits your learning style and gets you closer to your goals.
One nice thing about learning bluegrass is that you don't have to know how to read music! Bluegrass has traditionally been taught person-to-person and played without sheet music. If you've never learned by ear before - its fun, its intuitive, and it helps you make music with other people more easily.
Each student gets an entirely individualized curriculum based on their goals:
If a student comes in with the goal of casually jamming with a friend, we can work to make that happen. If a student comes in with the goal of playing like one of the banjo masters in a year, we can work to make that happen.