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Jam Class at Ashokan Banjo Weekend

November 17, 2023 November 19, 2023 EST

Taught by Scott Hopkins using the Wernick Method

Olivebridge, NY during Banjo Weekend at Ashokan

Ashokan Center, 477 Beaverkill Rd, Olivebridge NY 12461

Tuition: $395 (sliding scale available)

Banjo Weekend at Ashokan will include jam teaching by Wernick Method teacher Scott Hopkins.

Register for Banjo Weekend, and you will be sent the full set of of Wernick Method student materials.

Join fellow banjo enthusiasts of all styles, levels, and backgrounds for the first-ever Banjo Weekend at Ashokan! Tony Trischka, Joe Newberry, Cedric Watson, Hilary Hawke, and camp director Scott Hopkins will share their favorite tunes & techniques (including clawhammer and other styles), help tackle your banjo questions, and host epic song swaps & jam sessions — including a special Wernick Method jam class! The weekend kicks off with a special Friday night concert for the public — also included in the camp.

The Ashoken Center


Scott Hopkins (Delanson, NY) grew up hearing bluegrass recordings in his home. At 15 he took up banjo and also joined the school band on tuba, fully immersing himself in the study of music. Scott received music education degrees from Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam and the University of Connecticut, winning the Crane Concerto Competition on tuba.

Scott is a school band teacher and has continued to play banjo in bands in New York and Vermont. He currently performs with the Upstate Bluegrass Band and has released an acclaimed banjo recording, using his skills as composer, arranger, producer and engineer.

“Scott is an absolutely terrific musician, but he’s an even better instructor!”
“Scott kept things moving along at a comfortable pace.”
“Scott’s teaching style was very relaxed and engaging. He ALWAYS took time to ensure that things were organized and directed toward an outcome. He has a natural ability to make you feel that you CAN accomplish the myraid of small challenges.”
“He was so sensitive, understanding and patient with a student who exhibited limited skills. He stayed with him, delicately pushed him, and truly helped this student believe in himself.”
“I didn’t want the class to end!”
“Scott blends just the right amount of silly with serious to create a learning experience that’s thorough AND fun!”
477 Beaverkill Rd.
Ashokan, NY 12461 United States
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