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Dr. Banjo Says Picking Season is Coming. Want to jam?

Pete Wernick Bluegrass CampRight about this time of year, many pickers start thinking "This summer I'm going to show my stuff as a musician." If you're starting to get those thoughts, I'd like you to know of a way to help that to actually happen.

15th Anniversary Banjo Camp North Celebration May 15-17

Banjo Camp NorthBanjo Camp North is a three-day celebration of the five-string banjo, featuring instruction, demonstrations, concerts, and jamming presented by some of the best and best-known banjoists on the planet. They provide in-depth instruction in Bluegrass, Old Time and Folk styles. We always have top-flight fiddlers and guitarists on hand as well to lead classes on those instruments and provide support onstage at faculty concerts and demos and at the many jams that run throughout the weekend. In addition, this year we’re excited to offer classes on singing and harmony vocals at several levels.

Original Blue Grass Boys Special Presentation at Monroe Mandolin Camp

Monroe Mandolin Camp 2015Original Blue Grass Boys giving a Q&A and demonstration. One-On-One knee to knee private individualized tutorials with an instructor of your choice. An opening night jam where you don't know who of Nashville's finest will show up to hang out and play tunes with you. Learning the Art of Mandolin Construction from world-class luthiers Paul Duff and Will Kimble (and rumor has it that Steve Gilchrist may make it this year as well)! The camp is excited to present to you four of Bill Monroe's greatest-and enduring-sidemen. They are Glen Duncan, Tom Ewing, Mark Hembree and Blake Williams, who entered Monroe's band between 1979 and 1986.

Dr. Banjo Says Picking Season is Coming. Want to Jam?

Annie SavageRight about this time of year, many pickers start thinking "This summer I'm going to show my stuff as a musician." If you're starting to get those thoughts, I'd like you to know of a way to help that to actually happen. No, it's not a new music book or DVD (though we do offer those) ... it's an opportunity to come together with others like yourself, in your area -- people with the same goals -- and start making music together.

New Harmonies: Celebrating American Roots Music

 Celebrating American Roots MusicBristol, TN/VA -- The Birthplace of Country Music Museum (BCMM) explores the rich traditions in American music through New Harmonies: Celebrating American Roots Music. Acquired from the Smithsonian Institution by BCMM, the installation once served as one of the Smithsonian's traveling exhibits. New Harmonies will be on view beginning March 18, 2015 and continuing through September 30, 2015.

WoodSongs Invites Teachers to Music & Arts Education Seminar

WoodSongs Classroom ProjectTeachers and Home School Parents of Central Kentucky are invited to a very special half-day seminar Saturday April 25th from 1:00 until 4:30pm to explore how to help your students learn a true appreciation for the art of music and how it positively affects their lives, families, friends and community. As a leader in the arts, don't miss this opportunity to bring excitement, enjoyment and learning to your classrooms. For FREE. This is a very special one day seminar to explore this topic and sample the new WoodSongs Classroom project for your students. The WoodSongs Arts & Music Seminar will be held in the Duthie Theater in the Anne Hart Raymond Building on the campus of beautiful Midway College in Midway, KY (20 minutes from Lexington).

Nominations Open for Third Annual Music Educator Award

Music Educator AwardThe Music Educator Award to be presented by The Recording Academy and the Grammy Foundation was established to recognize current educators (kindergarten through college, public and private schools) who have made a significant and lasting contribution to the field of music education and who demonstrate a commitment to the broader cause of maintaining music education in the schools.

Celtic Fiddle Camp Coming this March in Nebraska

The Old Avoca Schoolhouse in Avoca, NebraskaThe Old Avoca Schoolhouse in Avoca, Nebraska will be hosting a special "Schoolhouse Celtic Fiddling Camp", for fiddlers, violists, mandolinists, guitarists, and ukulele players. Music from Ireland, Scotland, and Wales will be featured. The sessions will be led by championship fiddler and author, Deborah Greenblatt. The camp will be on Wednesday, March 11 - Friday, March 13, from 9 AM to 1 PM. You can sign up for 1 day, or 2 days, or all 3 days.

Darrell Scott Announces Four-Day Songwriting Workshop

Darrell ScottNashville, TN -- SongFood is pleased to announce a Songwriting INTENSIVE, led by Darrell Scott, to be held at the Scarritt Bennett Center in Nashville, TN from May 25-28, 2015! Get ready for 4 full days of instruction and guidance to songwriting led by Grammy Award nominee Darrell Scott. Immerse yourself in the vibrant setting and vibe that Music City (Nashville) has to offer while you discover the spiritual concepts that fire the creativity behind songs. Greenhorn or seasoned pro, this workshop is for you!

2015 'Song to Stage' Dates Announced with Louisa Branscomb and Nu-Blu

 Nu-Blu and Louisa BranscombNashville, TN -- Multi-award winning songwriter and veteran instructor Louisa Branscomb (Founder, Branscomb Mastercraft) and music's fastest rising act Nu-Blu, announce their collaboration to present a first-of-its-kind program called Song to Stage. The program will be hosted at the Dare County Arts Council in Manteo, NC from April 17-19. The workshop includes three days of workshops and three nights of accommodations in the Outer Banks. Reservations are now open HERE.

ICMC Charles K. Wolfe Memorial Panel Announced

Charles K. WolfeThe Charles K. Wolfe Memorial Panel at the International Country Music Conference (ICMC) should be very intriguing as always. The Wolfe Panel for ICMC 2015 is titled “A Retrospective: The 45th Anniversary of Paul Hemphill’s “Nashville Sound, Bright Lights, and Country Music.” It will be masterfully chaired by Dr. Patrick Huber (Missouri University of Science and Technology) and include recording artist Bill Anderson, Dr. David Anderson (Louisiana Tech), Dr. Don Cusic (Belmont University), Dr. Tim Dodge (Special Collections of the Hemphill papers at Auburn University), and Ms. Sharon Thomason of Dahlonega, Georgia. The Hemphill book is being reissued by the University of Georgia Press in recognition of its significance in the history of country music scholarship.

California Bluegrass Association Youth Academy Registration Open

CBA Youth AcademyThe California Bluegrass Association's 3rd Annual CBA Youth Academy is now open. The sign-up link is live, and they expect 2015 to sell out soon. They have raised enrollment to 49 students this year, but sold out both previous Academies and encourage you to register early to ensure a space. Please note: You'll first register on the CBA website, then receive instructions from Darby on registering through Bluegrass Camp for Kids.

2015 Monroe Mandolin Camp Registration Opens Jan 1st

Monroe Mandolin CampThe 2015 Monroe Mandolin Camp brings together world class instructors of Bill Monroe's style and music during a 3.5 day music conference camp. Regarded as the preeminent Monroe instructional camp in the world, this three and a half day, music packed event will provide you with all of the tools, technologies, and best practices you need to further your Monroe musical goals.

Jordan Laney on Carlton Haney at ICMC

Jordan LaneyThe International Country Music Conference (ICMC) always includes bluegrass music as part of their conference. Jordan Laney of Virginia Polytechnic State Institute and University (a.k.a. VaTech) will be discussing something near and dear to Bluegrass folks. Her presentation “Across Space and Time: Carlton Haney’s Multi-Genre Influence and Vision” suggests that “Not only did Carlton Haney organize the first multi-day bluegrass event, manage country music stars from Conway Twitty to Bill Anderson, and support early efforts of internal archiving through Muleskinner News, Haney (along with Ralph Rinzler and Bill Monroe), co-produced “The Story of Bluegrass,” setting in motion the genres generational legacy and familiar connections.” ICMC always includes quality Bluegrass presentations and Laney’s presentation helps continue the tradition.

Dr. Banjo's Four 2015 Camps

Pete Wernick Bluegrass CampJam Camp or Bluegrass Camp? The two are not the same! Bluegrass Camps concentrate on small group playing and overall ear skills (as in our jam camps), but add daily classes by-instrument and on Bluegrass trio harmony singing. Additional sessions cover songwriting, bluegrass history, practice routines, "band lab", and more. With good use of expert staff and space, we gladly welcome everyone from novice jammers to performing bands.

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