CENTRAL TEXAS

BLUEGRASS

CTBA BLUEGRASS INSTRUCTORS

Here is a list of bluegrass instructors. If you would like to take lessons from any of these folks, contact them directly using the information below. Please do not contact the CTBA for lessons.

If you are an instructor, and would like to be added to this list, please email us and provide the following information:

  • Name

  • Contact information, (e.g.) phone, email, webpage (if applicable)

  • WHO: Ages, experience levels taught

  • WHAT: What instruments, styles, techniques you teach

  • WHERE: Teaching location; e.g. studio location, "online," "will come to your home," et al

  • A short description of your experience, (e.g.) "10 years experience in a bluegrass band, have been teaching for 15 years." Please keep it brief!

BLUEGRASS INSTRUCTORS

Eddie Collins
512-873-7803
tuneman@austin.rr.com
www.eddiecollins.biz
WHO: All ages, Beg/Int/Adv
WHAT: Banjo (bluegrass only), Mandolin, Guitar (flat pick and Travis style)
WHERE: South Austin Music, and North (183 and IH-35)

Cara Cooke
35 years a musician, teaching as called up most of that time. One of the very few Bluegrass Harmonica players in the country who specializes in playing fiddle tunes.
512-280-9104
cyberharp@gmail.com
harmonica2.tripod.com
manchacaallstars.tripod.com
WHO: All ages, Beg/Int/Adv
WHAT: Harmonica, especially Bluegrass Harmonica; Upright Bass; Guitar; Mandolin; Singing, especially harmony.
WHERE: Southwest, or will come to your home

Katy Cox
I play professionally in 2 nationally touring bands, Shotgun Party and The Maybelles. I've been a professional touring musician for the last 10 years. I teach both Classical and Bluegrass.
347-385-4774
katyrosemusic@gmail.com
WHO: All ages, Beg/Int
WHAT: Fiddle - teaching for 18 years.

Darcie Deaville
512-280-2671
darcie@tallerdog.com
www.tallerdog.com
WHO: Ages 12-80, be able to play a little
WHAT: Fiddle, Guitar, Mandolin, and how to play in a band. Lots of teaching material on the web site.
WHERE: South

Shawn Dean
I play with the Asylum Street Spankers.
208-420-1907
shawndean159@gmail.com
WHO: Beg/Int/Adv
WHAT: Fiddle - Country, Swing, Bluegrass and other Styles

Matt Downing
512-535-8103
mttdowning@gmail.com
WHO: Ages 8 and up
WHAT: Bluegrass Banjo/All levels, Bluegrass Guitar/All levels

Jerry Hagins
Jerry Hagins has been playing oldtime 5-string Banjo for over 30 years. He currently plays Banjo in the Big Ernie Barn Dance Band, the Rising Gorge Boys, and Christy and Her Plowboys.
512-632-7926
jwhagins@sbcglobal.net
WHO: All ages, All levels
WHAT: Oldtime Clawhammer Banjo
WHERE: Fiddler's Green Music Shop

Michael Harris
Over 40 years experience teaching at UNT, St. Stephen's School, Austin Guitar School, Childbloom, and private studio.
512-906-0691
mharris@austin.rr.com
WHO: 7 and up (younger if motivated), Beg/Int
WHAT: Guitar, Mandolin, Bass, Fiddle, Theory
WHERE: North Central, near Peyton Gin Road

Mary Hattersley
512-873-8925
WHO: All ages
WHAT: Fiddle - Folk, Country, Bluegrass; Suzuki
WHERE: North (Rundberg)

Jake Howard
A graduate of Berklee College of Music with degree in Performance and minor in American Roots Music.
330-701-0005
jake@howardsupply.com
www.pageturnersmusic.com
WHO: All ages, All levels
WHAT: Mandolin, Guitar (flat pick & old time), music theory, song writing
WHERE: Austin Area

Chojo Jaques
831-246-0800
WHO: Ages 9 & older, All levels
WHAT: Fiddle & Mandolin
WHERE: Fiddler's Green Music Shop

Molly Johnson
Molly Johnson has been playing oldtime banjo, guitar, and singing in various bands for over 20 years. Her approach to banjo emphasizes learning to pick up tunes quickly at jams and to create variations on basic melodies. Her approach to teaching music is based in the Alexander Technique, which means that besides standard instrumental and vocal skills, you can learn to develop technique and posture that will help you perform better overall and reduce injury.
512-537-5369
at@integratedmotionstudio.com
integratedmotionstudio.com
WHO: All ages, All levels
WHAT: Oldtime Clawhammer Banjo, Voice, Harmony Singing, and Alexander Technique
WHERE: Central or North Austin

Tony Kamel
512-627-4317
WHO: All Ages, All levels
WHAT: Guitar
WHERE: Fiddler's Green Music Shop

Carolyn Kendrick
7 years teaching experience. I am a Berklee College of Music grad.
209-986-4563
carolynbkendrick@gmail.com
WHO: All Ages, All levels. ESL and special needs students welcome.
WHAT: Fiddle
WHERE: Austin Area

Mike McKinley
831-331-1321
mike@mikemckinley.net
www.mikemckinley.net
WHO: All ages, All levels
WHAT: Mandolin - Specialty old school bluegrass in the style of Bill Napier (Stanley Bros.). Also coaching in performance, chord chopping, and singing at the same time with control and poise.
WHERE: Austin Area, or at your home or mine

Ben Sanders
414-617-4105
sanders.fiddle@gmail.com
www.bensandersfiddle.com
WHO: All ages, All levels
WHAT: Fiddle - Traditional country, Bluegrass, Old-time; Mandolin - Monroe style

Lisa Schneider
fiddlisa@yahoo.com
www.fiddlisa.com
www.facebook.com/AdultViolinFiddleLessons
WHO: Adult Beg/Int
WHAT: I teach basic, beginning Violin/Fiddle techniques and/or various Fiddle styles/tunes
WHERE: North Central (Highland Mall area)

Devin Shawn
countryguitaronline.com
WHO: All ages, All levels
WHAT: Country & Bluegrass Guitar
WHERE: Online

Beate Sieker
25 years of professional musicianship
512-733-2857
thesiekers@aol.com
siekerband.com
WHO: All ages, All levels
WHAT: Rhythm Guitar, Bass, Vocals

Rolf Sieker
40 years of playing and teaching, studio musician and professional Banjo player
512-733-2857
thesiekers@aol.com
siekerband.com
www.banjoshrink.com
WHO: All ages, All levels
WHAT: Banjo - all styles

Max Zimmet Berklee Grad (Performance)
512-924-0505
max@hotpickin.com
hotpickin.com/lessons
WHO: All ages, All levels
WHAT: Flatpick guitar, bluegrass mandolin, theory
WHERE: Austin area (home studio South Austin)

OTHER LINKS

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