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Music Education, Bluegrass Style

By Mandolin Cafe
September 17, 2007 - 2:20 pm

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International Bluegrass Music Museum Saturday Lessons Program

International Bluegrass Music Museum Saturday Lessons Program

Owensboro, Kent. — The International Bluegrass Music Museum is entering year three of its Saturday Lessons Program, providing group music lessons to anyone in this region interested in learning to play bluegrass.

Lessons are provided for Beginner and Intermediate levels on fiddle, banjo, mandolin, and guitar.

Register now for the Fall Semester, which begins October 6, 2007. Program participants, known as the Kentucky Bluegrass AllStars, will work with professional music instructors for one hour every other Saturday from October 6 through December 15.

The lessons take place within the one-of-a-kind, 22,000 square foot museum located at 117 Daviess Street in the RiverPark Center complex. The AllStars are surrounded by interesting and engaging exhibits, artifacts, and Hall of Honor plaques as they learn to play the music of their heritage.

Instruments are provided to those who do not have their own. That cost is included in the $30.00 tuition, which covers the entire fall semester. To encourage the formation of family bands, additional immediate family members can enroll for $15.00. From age 6 to 106, all ages are welcome!

To register and pick up your instrument, come to the museum's gift shop Tuesday - Friday anytime from 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. The deadline for registration is Friday, September 28.

Full Scholarships are available, if needed. Call Brenda at the museum for information on how to apply: (270) 926-7891.

The Spring Semester begins February 9, 2008 and continues through the group's much-anticipated annual Main Stage performance at ROMP. Dates for ROMP 2008 are June 26-28.

The Kentucky Bluegrass AllStars Program is an off-shoot of the museum's larger Bluegrass in the Schools (BITS) program, now in its 5th year and responsible for teaching bluegrass to over 10,500 regional elementary students each year. The Museum provides professional bluegrass music instructors who distribute instruments, instruct, and host all-school assemblies.

The Museum is also asking anyone who has a fiddle, banjo, guitar or mandolin that is not in use to donate them to be used in the Saturday Lessons Program. Call Brenda at (270) 926-7891.

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