Podunk Bluegrass University

Podunk B-U flyer 2016Podunk’s Bluegrass University is a set of seven beginner classes for adults and teens who want to get the right start, or review the fundamentals. These classes are hands-on, intensive learning experiences, taught in a small group setting (between 3 and 9 students per class). The classes will be held at the festival on Saturday from 2 until 4:30 pm, and the cost for two-and-a-half hours of instruction is only $35. All you need to do is bring is an instrument, a chair and an earnest desire to learn!

The classes will be held at various locations throughout the festival, usually at the instructor’s own campsite. To find your specific class location please plan to attend the Bluegrass University Preview on Friday at 6 pm and/or the Bluegrass University Meet & Greet on Saturday at 1 pm. Then be sure to arrive no later than 1:45 pm on Saturday so you can go with your teacher to the class location.
Pre-registration is not required, but class size is limited and you can sign up for all classes beforehand or at the festival by e-mailing or calling Tony Watt at tonywatt@gmail.com or 615-330-6396.

Although each teacher will be addressing different topics, all teachers will be gearing their classes towards beginners and beginner/intermediate musicians. The teachers and classes for the Podunk Bluegrass University are:

Banjo - Tim KruzicGuitar - Tony WattMandolin - Phil Zimmrman
Fiddle - Cathy DayVocals - Mary MaguireBass – Steve Roy
Dobro- Andy Katz

Below are ten questions and answers about Podunk’s Bluegrass University:

Q. What is The Bluegrass University?
A. Seven beginner classes, each two and a half hours of hands-on instruction, for adults and teens. The classes are taught on Saturday at the festival from 2 until 4:30 pm, and the cost is $35.

Q. Who are the teachers and who are the students?
A. See www.thebluegrassuniversity.com for class descriptions and teacher bios. Although each teacher will be addressing different topics, all teachers will be gearing their classes towards beginners and beginner/intermediate musicians. These classes are geared towards those who want to get the right start or review the fundamentals.

Q. Can I take more than one class?
A. No, unfortunately all of the classes are held at the same time on Saturday from 2 until 4:30 pm. But all of the teachers have additional availability, and we recommended you ask the teacher about other options, such as a private lesson at another time.

Q. Where will the classes be held?
A. The classes will be held at various locations throughout the festival, usually at the instructor’s own campsite.

Q. How do I find the specific class location?
A. Come meet your teacher at the Bluegrass University Preview at 6 pm on Friday and/or the Meet & Greet at 1 pm on Saturday. Then be sure to arrive no later than 1:45 pm on Saturday so you can go with your teacher to the class location.

Q. What are the Bluegrass University Preview and Bluegrass University Meet & Greet?
A. Hour-long sessions meant to introduce you to the Bluegrass University instructors and their classes. Please stop by and say hello, and we can answer any questions you may have.

Q. What do I need to bring?
A. You need to bring an instrument and a chair, preferably a folding (armless) chair. You should also bring $35 in cash or check made out to your instructor.

Q. Do I need to preregister?
A. No, you can walk up as late as 1:45 pm on Saturday, but class size is limited and preregistration is encouraged; see above for contact information of Tony Watt.

Q. What are the limits on class size?
A. The class size is limited to 3 students minimum and 9 students maximum. The maximum class size ensures that every student gets a small group learning environment. Unfortunately teachers may not be able to offer the class if there are less than 3 students. In that case, we highly recommended you ask your teacher about other options, such as a private lesson at the festival.

Q. Can I record the class?
A. Yes, you are welcome to make an audio recording of your class, provided you agree not to post it on the internet or share it widely. Video recording is not allowed without explicit permission from your teacher. Some teachers may even record the class for you and send you a copy later.