Vol State Announces Bluegrass Classes Taught by Working Professionals

Submitted on January 03, 2011 at 10:46 AM

Bluegrass instrumental instruction goes to a whole new level at Volunteer State Community College this spring as musicians who have played with some of the top names in the business will be teaching classes. The Continuing Education courses include personal instruction, group lessons and a group performing class.

Mark Barnett will be teaching banjo and guitar. He has played with Dolly Parton and performed on the Grand Ole Opry. Grammy nominee Charlie Cushman has played banjo with Mike Snider, Jimmy Martin and James Monroe. Kathy Kuhn has played fiddle with Porter Wagoner, the New Coon Creek Girls and performed on the Grand Ole Opry. Ned Luberecki will be teaching banjo. He's performed with Chris Jones and the Night Drivers. Author Bob Grant will be teaching mandolin and guitar. Guitar expert Sam Calveard, who has worked with Gruhn Guitars and Gibson, will be teaching acoustic instrument setup and maintenance.

A bluegrass group performing class will be taught by Dr. James Satterwhite, who has taught at the Nashville School of the Arts and was Hunters Lane High School Bluegrass Director. The course will give students an opportunity to perform and record with other students. The class will culminate with the recording session and students can walk away with a song on a CD. There will be a discounted price on the group course for those students also taking individual instruction.

Classes start in late January. For a complete list of times and costs visit the Vol State Continuing Education web site at www.volstate.edu/ContinuingEd or call 615-230-3358 The College has also been holding a series of jam sessions for bluegrass musicians. To be included on a contact list for those events and upcoming courses e-mail the Vol State bluegrass coordinator Melissa DuPuy at: volunteerbluegrass@gmail.com or call 615-230-3541.

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