The Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame & Museum begins its spring session of bluegrass music lessons on February 5. Led by Director of Education Randy Lanham, classes will take place every other Saturday and conclude with a performance at ROMP Festival on June 25.
Lessons range from beginners with no experience to advanced players learning to play in a group. Through grant opportunities and funding from the Kentucky Arts Council and the Micheal E. Horn Family Foundation, classes are heavily discounted in an effort to make music more accessible to anyone who wants to learn to play.
“We are thrilled to bring back our Hall of Fame Spring Lessons,” Lanham said. “Since the Covid, we had to stop beginners’ classes, and so many people are missing them. It’s time to get back to offering our community bluegrass instrument lessons as well as a chance to perform at ROMP. We are now the Bluegrass Music Capital of the World, and this program, in its 17th year, has helped prove it. There is no other program exactly like this in the world. I like to awaken people to bluegrass music. It has always been a family and community project, and we anticipate it will be that way.
Group lessons last approximately 45 minutes and are limited to 25 students each. Each class is led by an experienced instructor with assistants to facilitate learning. The registration fee for the entire session is $95, with each additional family member reduced to $55 each.
For those who complete the program and perform at ROMP, each student will receive a free t-shirt and tickets for the student and two guests for Saturday at the festival.
The Hall of Fame has loaner instruments available for a $50 refundable deposit per instrument, while supplies last. Registration is open online at bluegrasshall.org or by calling the Hall of Fame at 270-926-7891.