About Aaron Dorfman

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Aaron Dorfman is a full-time freelance musician in Chicago, proud to make music education the primary focus of his career. Aaron played guitar for the well-known Chicago-based bluegrass band, Henhouse Prowlers for 3 years, touring the US, Europe, and with the US State Department in Saudi Arabia, UAE, Uganda, Kenya, Pakistan, Russia and Kyrgyzstan!

Aaron offers private and group lessons on multiple instruments, with the goal that all his students have as much fun as possible through their exploration of their instrument.

“Aaron has me doing things on the guitar that I only dreamed about doing. He is THE BEST.”
“I’ve worked with many guitar instructors and Aaron is by far the best.”
“Aaron Dorfman is an amazing musician and one of the finest teachers I’ve ever had the pleasure of working with.
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Bluegrass Jam Class

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Taught by Graham Sones using the Wernick Method*

Minneapolis, MN at the MBOTMA Minnesota Bluegrass Fall Jam

Crowne Plaza Minneapolis West, 3131 Campus Drive, Plymouth, MN 55441

October 30, 2021

Saturday, 9am-Noon

Tuition: FREE!

Festival admission is required.

Student materials will be emailed to all who pre-register.

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Weekend Bluegrass Jam Camp

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Taught by Fred Staunton & George Welling using the Wernick Method*

Pickerington, OH at Violet Baptist Church

8345 Blacklick Eastern Rd., Pickerington OH 43147

September 10-12, 2021

Friday 4-8pm; Saturday 9am-5pm; Sunday 1-4pm

Tuition: $170

Friday dinner and Saturday lunch included. $10 off if you register by Aug 15. $50 deposit holds your spot. 50% refundable for cancellations more than one month in advance.

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Weekly Bluegrass Jam Class

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Taught by Debbie Wagner using the Wernick Method*

Appleton, WI at Heid Music

308 E. College Avenue, Appleton, WI 54911

Wednesdays, Feb 2 – March 9, 2022

5:30-8:00pm each Wednesday

Tuition: $180 for 6 sessions

$10 discount if you register by Jan 2. $10 discount for Debbie’s returning Wernick Method students; discounts can be combined. $50 deposit reserves your spot. 50% refundable for cancellations more than one month in advance.

You will be sent the full set of of student materials as soon as you register.

$25 tuition discount for next banjo player to sign up!

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Weekend Bluegrass Jam Camp

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Taught by Larry Kernagis using the Wernick Method*

Peoria, IL at the Courtyard Marriott

1928 West War Memorial Drive, Peoria, IL 61614

April 22-24, 2022

Friday 6-9pm; Saturday 9am-4pm; Sunday 9am-2pm

Tuition: $250

$25 discount for Larry’s returning students! $75 deposit reserves your spot. 50% refundable for cancellations more than one month in advance.

You will be sent the full set of of student materials as soon as you register.

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Weekend Bluegrass Jam Camp

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Taught by Larry Kernagis using the Wernick Method*

St. Louis, MO at the Holiday Inn Express St. Louis Airport – Maryland Heights

13615 Riverport Dr, Maryland Heights, MO 63043

June 3-5, 2022

Friday 6-9pm; Saturday 9am-4pm; Sunday 9am-2pm

Tuition: $250

$25 discount for Larry’s returning students! $75 deposit holds your spot; 50% refundable for cancellations more than one month in advance.

You will be sent the full set of of student materials as soon as you register.

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Pete & Joan Wernick’s Bluegrass Jamming Workshops

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BASIC Jamming
Saturday, March 20, Noon-1:45pm CDT

FINE POINTS of Jamming
Saturday, March 20, 3-4:45pm CDT

BASIC Jamming
Sunday, March 21, 1:15-3pm CDT

Walnut Valley Festival Spring Workshops

March 20-21, 2021

Join Pete and Joan Wernick for one or more of these online workshops to learn the skills you need to jam!

  • Follow guitar chords to play along with new songs
  • Basics of the number system and ways to use it
  • How to anticipate chord changes on new songs
  • Etiquette/protocols of bluegrass jams, with emphasis on slow jams
  • Playing in different keys, transposing from a songbook to best singing key
  • Simplest way to solo on your instrument
  • You’ll receive 18 pages of student materials in advance (by email) to help learn repertoire and jam skills
  • Learn standard repertoire with playlists of over 100 Jam FavoritesHow to find a melody on your instrument (needed for good soloing)
  • Pete will answer questions

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Bluegrass Jam Class

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Taught by Debbie Wagner using the Wernick Method*

Appleton, WI at Heid Music

308 E. College Avenue, Appleton, WI 54911

Wednesdays, June 30 – August 11, 2021

5-7:30pm each Wednesday; no class on July 21

Tuition: $175 for 6 sessions

$50 deposit reserves your spot. 50% refundable for cancellations more than one month in advance

$25 tuition discount for next banjo player to sign up!

All Wernick Method classes this summer will be conducted either outdoors or in very well-ventilated indoor spaces.

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Bluegrass Jam Camp

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Taught by Larry Kernagis using the Wernick Method*

St. Louis, MO at the Holiday Inn Express St. Louis Airport – Maryland Heights

13615 Riverport Dr, Maryland Heights, MO 63043

June 4-6, 2021

Friday 6-9:30pm; Saturday 9am-5pm; Sunday 9am-2pm

Tuition: $250

$25 discount for Larry’s returning students! $50 deposit holds your spot; 50% refundable for cancellations more than one month in advance.

Special room rate $83/night, good through May 4.

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Bluegrass Jam Class

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Taught by Fred Staunton using the Wernick Method*

Pickerington, OH at Violet Baptist Church

8345 Blacklick Eastern Rd., Pickerington OH 43147

Saturdays, June 5 – July 24, 2021

10am-12:30pm each Saturday. Previously scheduled for May 8 – June 27.

Tuition: $195 for 8 sessions

$10 off if you register by May 5. $50 deposit holds your spot. 50% refundable for cancellations more than one month in advance.

$50 discount for mandolin and bass players!

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