Teacher Features

Austin Scelzo Interview

Austin Scelzo Interview

Wernick Method teacher Austin Scelzo (CT) is interviewed by at the 2021 Podunk Bluegrass Festival, and talks about playing with Michael Cleveland, his decision to quit his full-time school teaching job to devote himself to a career teaching and playing bluegrass. The interview was conducted by Backstage View, which is hosted Scott Wilkins, an enthusiastic…

Liam Purcell’s Cane Mill Road wins IBMA Momentum Award

Liam Purcell’s Cane Mill Road wins IBMA Momentum Award

Wernick Method founder Pete Wernick couldn’t be more proud of Liam Purcell, whose Cane Mill Road band won the 2019 IBMA Momentum Award. Cane Mill Road’s leader, front man, mandolin and fiddle player, main songwriter is 17 year-old Liam, himself a Momentum Instrumentalist nominee this year. Certified as a Wernick Method instructor at age 15, Liam…

Petr Brandejs Bluegrass CD Czech

Petr Brandejs Bluegrass CD Czech

by Pete Wernick One of our few teachers who teaches WM jam classes to over 60 people a year, Petr Brandejs (pronounced “Peter Brandise”), has not only written a whole book introducing Czech folks to bluegrass, but has now produced a full jam video with songs and instruction in Czech. Petr informed me from the start that he wanted to create…