Taught by Austin Scelzo Using the Wernick Method*

May 29-31, 2020 (new dates TBA)

Friday 3-5PM; Saturday & Sunday 9AM-5PM

Great Barrington, MA at the Guthrie Center, 2 Van Deusenville Road, Great Barrington, MA 01230

Tuition: $225

Includes breakfast and lunch on Saturday and Sunday

Only $215 through April 29, 2020

Lodging available through Jana Pfeiffer: [email protected]

Austin Scelzo has played music since age 11 in a variety of styles, first in a folk/singer songwriter band and currently in bluegrass bands the Angry O’Haras and On the Trail, performing traditional and cutting-edge bluegrass including original music, on fiddle, mandolin, bass, and guitar. A full-time public school music teacher in Darien, Austin has a Bachelor of Science in Music Education and is certified in the American Music System and the Mark O’Connor Method. He is passionate about empowering others and inspiring lifelong participation and love of music.

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Austin’s students say:

“The work you do with the students is wonderful! You are so talented and our school is so lucky to have you!”

“A dedicated and enthusiastic teacher.”

“Your leadership and ability to enable the kids to produce the music was amazing.”

“You are terrific! Thank you for everything you do for these fortunate students!”

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*Wernick Method Classes teach real bluegrass jamming!

  • All bluegrass instruments welcome
  • No jamming experience necessary
  • You will be jamming the first class!
  • Friendly, encouraging, knowledgeable teaching.
  • Gentle tempos! Mistakes expected!
  • Music reading not needed or used
  • Singing not required, but encouraged and taught.
  • Easy 2- and 3-chord songs, slow speeds.
  • Soloing not required! “Faking” solos taught.
  • Understanding, low-pressure, time-tested teaching
  • Intermediates welcome, and given added challenges
  • Hands-on learning in large and small groups
  • Learn many bluegrass standards
  • Full ground rules and etiquette of typical jams
  • How to lead songs and how to follow new songs
  • How to find melodies, fake solos, sing harmony
  • Ear skills taught and emphasized, as in real bluegrass
  • Group and individualized instruction on backup skills

Do you qualify? It’s easier than you may think!

If you play guitar, mandolin, banjo, fiddle, bass, or dobro… you can be part of a bluegrass jam.

Only requirements:

  • You must be able to tune your instrument (electronic tuning devices welcome) and
  • change smoothly between G, C, D, and A. (Fiddles and basses need to know which notes work with which chords)

For more info or to send payment in the mail, email [email protected].