American Roots

Second Saturday Bluegrass Jam with BBU sponsored by The Concord Conservatory of Music and Boston Bluegrass Union.

Want to Jam?  Prefer to hang and listen?  The Concord Conservatory of Music presents a monthly jam session for bluegrass enthusiasts. This monthly jam is open to all ages and bluegrass instruments for advanced beginner musicians and above.  The sessions occur on the second Saturday of every month between October and June, 7:00 – 9:30 pm at CCM.  The fee is $5. Learn more>

Beginning Banjo (Ages 9 - 18) Fall and Spring semesters

Bluegrass banjo is a great instrument for learning chords, rhythm, harmony, and playing by ear. We will focus on ear training, basic bluegrass banjo technique and putting the banjo to use in familiar songs, and will move from there into the bluegrass repertoire. Bluegrass is a very social music and we will prepare kids for playing with others in jam sessions.

Beginning Banjo (Adults) Fall and Spring semesters

If the sound of a banjo has ever captured your ear, or if you're a guitar player looking to expand your musical palette, here's a chance to learn to play! This class will introduce you to three-finger bluegrass style and give you the foundation you need to jam with other people.

Oriented for beginning students, this class will focus on playing technique and repertoire. No prior experience is required! Learn more>

Bluegrass Soloing for Guitar and Mandolin (ages 14- Adults) Spring Semester

The Beginning Bluegrass Soloing for Guitar and Mandolin class is for guitar and mandolin players who are new to bluegrass soloing or for those who have been frustrated trying to learn to play solos.  Fear no more!  Learn more>

Beginning Bluegrass (Ages 14 - Adult)  Fall Semester

The Beginning Bluegrass Class with Jam session is open to all bluegrass instruments: banjo, fiddle (violin), guitar, mandolin, bass and Dobro, and is geared towards beginner and intermediate musicians who are interested in learning how to play with other musicians. Learn more ›

Beginning/Intermediate Bluegrass Jam (Ages 14 - Adult)

The Beginning Bluegrass Jam is a weekly drop-in jam open to anyone who wants experience playing and singing traditional bluegrass and country songs at a moderately slow tempo in a supportive, educational and relaxed setting. Learn more>

Beginning Fiddling (Ages 8 - 18)

Begin with the basics of fiddling and learn to play simple tunes on the violin in no time. We’ll review the A and D major scales, and start with simple melodies. From there, we’ll learn several standard fiddle tunes that teach you how to play by ear and how to bow with confidence, including shuffle and saw stroke bowing patterns. Learn more>

Beginning Fiddling (Adults)

Begin with the basics of fiddling and learn to play simple tunes on the violin in no time. We’ll review the A and D major scales, and start with simple melodies. From there, we’ll learn several standard fiddle tunes that teach you how to play by ear and how to bow with confidence, including shuffle and saw stroke bowing patterns. Learn more>

Group Adventures in American Roots Mandolin & Guitar (Teens - Adults)

Many of us are craving opportunities to make music socially in a welcoming, accessible, community setting. Such is the motivation behind our combined, mandolin-and-guitar group class, designed for advanced beginners through intermediate-level players. Guided by the belief that developing musicians of mixed abilities can all benefit from a song-based approach to learning, students will learn new ways to participate in a group music-making context, regardless of level of expertise. Learn more>