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Carolina Bluegrass Band
UNC Department of Music’s Carolina Bluegrass Band in performance, with UNC Community Music School teacher Carter Hodge center right on mandolin.

Welcome to the Bluegrass Studies program at the UNC Community Music School!

“You know, for most of its life bluegrass has had this stigma of being all straw hats and hay bales and not necessarily the most sophisticated form of music. Yet you can’t help responding to its honesty. It’s music that finds its way deep into your soul because it’s strings vibrating against wood and nothing else.”

-Alison Krauss

Private Bluegrass Guitar or Mandolin Lessons with UNC Community Music School Teachers

In bluegrass guitar or mandolin lessons, students can expect to learn traditional bluegrass style playing, by listening, analyzing, imitating and improvising. Traditional music has a long history of being taught aurally so learning bluegrass is a great opportunity to work on your musical “ear” and learn to replicate things you’re hearing. Students will practice both their roles as rhythm players and as soloists, as both are requisite skills in a bluegrass band or jam. Most lessons will involve learning breaks and then working to improvise based on that foundation. No experience required to get started! Just paper, pencil, and something to record lessons with!

  • Ages: 10 and up. Adults welcome.
  • Class Time: 30, 45, and 60 minute lessons available
  • Tuition: $65/hour