I currently offer beginner to intermediate lessons on the clawhammer banjo, and beginner lessons on bass. During lessons I focus on developing students’ personal style, groove, and enjoyment, while instilling in them the joy of playing with others.  I customize lesson plans to help students get the most out of the experience.  I also like to teach ‘workshop’ style lessons to several students at once.  Please contact me today for more information and rates.

Hochstein Courses

I am currently on the faculty at the Hochstein School in Rochester, NY where I teach periodic 6-week courses for beginner and intermediate clawhammer banjo students.  Typically I teach a beginner class in the fall, and a beginner-intermediate course in the spring.  Courses usually consist of six weekly hour-long classes taught in a group setting.  The environment is casual, fun, and the perfect way to hone your skills as an old-time banjo player!

Clawhammer banjo workshop at Hochstein

We are currently enrolling students for the Spring 2019 course: Continuing Old-Time Banjo.  Sign up today!


MONDAY and TUESDAY – afternoons/evenings – private in-home lessons in the Rochester area.

WEDNESDAY – occasional one-off private lessons and periodic clawhammer banjo courses at the Hochstein School in Rochester.

THURSDAY – every 4th Thursday from 6pm to 7:30 I teach a clawhammer banjo workshop at Bernunzio Uptown Music called the Epic Frail.  All are welcome to join.

The Epic Frail in the back room at Bernunzio in Rochester, NY