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Jim Shaffer's Bluegrass Instructor's List

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:

CTBA Bluegrass Instructors

An asterisk indicates a CTBA member.

NAME

CONTACT

LOCATION

AGES/LEVEL

INFORMATION

Billy Bright

512-699-8979

email

Fiddler's Green Music Shop

All

Mandolin/All Levels

Eddie Collins*

512-873-7803

email

website

South Austin Music, and North (183 and IH-35)

All ages, Beg/Int/Adv

Banjo (bluegrass only) Mandolin, Guitar (flat pick and Travis style)

Cara Cooke*

512-280-9104

email

website

website 2

Southwest, or will come to your home

All ages, Beg/Int/Adv

Harmonica, especially Bluegrass Harmonica; Upright Bass; Guitar; Mandolin; Singing, especially harmony. 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.

Katy Cox

347-385-4774

email

 

All ages, Beg/Int

Fiddle - teaching for 18 years. 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.

Darcie Deaville

12-280-2671

email

website

South

Ages 12-80, be able to play a little

Fiddle, Guitar, Mandolin, and how to play in a band. Lots of teaching material on the web site.

Shawn Dean

208-420-1907

email

 

Beg/Int/Adv

Fiddle - Country, Swing, Bluegrass and other Styles (I play with the Asylum Street Spankers)

Matt Downing*

512-535-8103

email

Fiddler's Green Music Shop

Ages 8 and up

Bluegrass Banjo/All levels, Bluegrass Guitar/All levels

Jon "Randy" Field*

512-868-2925

email

website

Georgetown and Austin

9 to 90, Beg/Int/Adv

Mando, Guitar, Fiddle, Bass, Vocal. Bluegrass/old time country, recording/sound engineering. Randy's Rangers band. Since 1974. Emphasis on practical theory application. Learn why you play what you play and how to build on your knowledge.

Wes Green*

512-218-1567

email

Round Rock

7 and up, Adult

Mandolin, Fiddle, Guitar (finger and flat picking) - Country, Old time, Bluegrass

Jerry Hagins

512-632-7926

email

 

All ages, All levels

Oldtime Clawhammer Banjo - 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

Michael Harris

512-906-0691

email

24th and Longview (near UT), or Parkfield Dr. near Payton Gin (north central)

7 and up (younger if motivated), Beg/Int

Guitar, Mandolin, Bass, Fiddle, Theory - over 30 years experience teaching at UNT, St. Stephen's School, Austin Guitar School, Childbloom, and private studio

Mary Hattersley

512-873-8925

North (Rundberg)

All ages

Fiddle - Folk, Country, Bluegrass; Suzuki

Erik Hokkanen

512-707-1030

South

All ages, Int/Adv

Fiddle - Bluegrass, Country, Cajun, Folk, Swing, Gypsy, International, Blues, Theory, Improv, Phil

Molly Johnson

512-537-5369

email

website

Central or North Austin

All ages, All levels

Oldtime Clawhammer Banjo, Voice, Harmony Singing, and Alexander Technique - 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.

Andy Lentz

530-304-2957

email

website

South Austin, or will come to your home

All ages, All levels

Fiddle - Bluegrass, Country, Folk, Improv, Theory - I've been playing for 27 years and teaching for over 10 years.

Adam Moss

217-766-6158

email

Anywhere in Austin

All ages

Fiddle - Bluegrass, jazz, classical

Mark Rubin

512-659-8952

email

Central

Int/Adv

Bass - Bluegrass, C&W, Folk, Swing, Jazz, Slap Bass technique, Theory

Ben Sanders

414-617-4105

email

website

Fiddler's Green Music Shop

All ages, All levels

Fiddle - Traditional country, Bluegrass, Old-time; Mandolin - Monroe style

Lisa Schneider

email

website

website 2

North Central Highland Mall area

Adult Beg/Int

I teach basic, beginning Violin/Fiddle techniques and/or various Fiddle styles/tunes

Beate Sieker*

512-733-2857

email

website

 

All ages, All levels

Rhythm Guitar, Bass, Vocals - 25 years of professional musicianship

Rolf Sieker*

512-733-2857

email

website

website 2

 

All ages, All levels

Banjo - all styles, 40 years of playing and teaching, studio musician and professional Banjo player

Korey Simeone

512-636-2275

email

Austin School of Music-South

5-100, Beg/Int/Adv

Violin, Dobro, Mandolin - Austin Lounge Lizards - 5yrs touring, Asylum Street Spankers - 4 yrs touring, Box Car Preachers - Founding Member - 2 yrs

Geoff Union*

512-563-9821

email

Fiddler's Green Music Shop

Ages 8 and up

Guitar/Beg to Adv. Fiddle/Beg to Int.

Roy Wilhite

512-797-1906

email

website

SW Austin, near West Gate and William Cannon, or near Far West and MOPAC

All ages, Beg/Int/Adv

I have been teaching (and performing professionally) for more than 30 years. I specialize in the practical applications of music theory, enabling my students to easily pick up on any tune and play it by ear and to know how to improvise on the melody or alter the chord progression. Students who are only taught riffs get stuck in beginner mode. My students understand the way music works, and are able to play anything at any time, in any key, or create their own music. I have assembled a bluegrass band to play a few CTBA festivals in the past, and I have played in several other bluegrass bands.

Max Zimmet

512-?

email

website

South Austin (near Zilker Park)

Ages 15 and up, All levels

I'm the first dual guitar and mandolin performance principal graduate of Berklee College of Music.

Other Links

In addition to the instructors listed above, we'd like to draw your attention to the following resources.