Wernick Method Teachers

Aaron Dorfman

Aaron Dorfman

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 ...
Aaron Farris

Aaron Farris

Aaron Farris (Conway, AR) was raised in Mountain View, AR the "Folk Music Capital of the World" where jams and bluegrass music ring through the mountains every night! Aaron has ...
Alan Epstein

Alan Epstein

Alan Epstein has played mandolin and sung in bluegrass bands in Colorado, Pennsylvania, Michigan, and New York since the 1970s. A certified Wernick Method jam teacher since 2012, he has ...
Allie Burbrink

Allie Burbrink

Allie Burbrink Allie is a musician, teacher, and mom. As a founding member of the Indiana-based band The Whipstitch Sallies, she sang lead and harmony, wrote songs, and played guitar, ...
Andy Lentz

Andy Lentz

Andy Lentz started on fiddle with the Suzuki technique, and has been jamming and performing bluegrass and other roots styles for over twenty years. Before recently relocating to Oakland CA, ...
Austin Scelzo

Austin Scelzo

Austin Scelzo was introduced to various fiddle traditions at Mark O’Connor’s early Berklee String Camps and over time picked up all the bluegrass instruments along with singing, songwriting, and jamming ...
Barry Mitterhoff

Barry Mitterhoff

Barry Mitterhoff has played bluegrass mandolin professionally for over 40 years, appearing in 49 states and 18 countries. He has toured with Peter Rowan, Jorma Kaukonen, Tony Trischka, Hazel Dickens, ...
Betsey Jacobs

Betsey Jacobs

Betsey Jacobs took piano lessons early on and as an adult picked up the guitar. After 5 years she started attending "slow jams" at a local musician's home. Though struggling ...
Bianca Bentz

Bianca Bentz

Bianca Bentz cut her teeth on bluegrass music playing and hosting jams for years along the Colorado Front Range. She had the good fortune of playing in bluegrass Bands such ...
Bill Fahy

Bill Fahy

Bill Fahy has been a performer and teacher in the Central NY region since 1998, he plays guitar, mandolin, old-time banjo, bass and “fiddles with the fiddle.” His current bands include ...
Bill Parker

Bill Parker

Bill Parker (Bethlehem, PA) has played guitar since age 16 and later added mandolin, bass, banjo, fiddle, and dobro. He first caught the bluegrass bug at a jam circle in ...
Bob Amos

Bob Amos

Bob Amos was the lead singer, guitarist and principal songwriter of the IBMA award-winning Front Range band from 1988-2003. The Colorado-based band toured America and Europe, and their 5 Sugar ...
Bob Barrett

Bob Barrett

Bob Barrett began playing guitar in high school more than 50 years ago. Over the years he has performed in folk, bluegrass and rock 'n roll bands. For the past ...
Bob Perlstein

Bob Perlstein

Bob Perlstein started playing guitar and banjo while in college and law school, and later picked up fiddle and mandolin. He’s played in many bands such as Northern Skyline, Wood ...
Bob Ucman & Michael Watry

Bob Ucman & Michael Watry

Bob Ucman began playing guitar in 2010 and while living in North Carolina attended a Wernick Method camp and got hooked on bluegrass. He also plays mandolin and dobro and ...
Brian Bauer

Brian Bauer

Brian Bauer was introduced to music at an early age by his grandfather, who encouraged him to explore the ukulele, piano, and guitar. He became interested in singing, songwriting, and bluegrass ...
Buck Thrailkill

Buck Thrailkill

Buck Thrailkill was born in Meridian, MS and started playing banjo at age 12. Mentored by his big brother and Lee Jackson (Carl Jackson’s Dad), he grew up playing all ...
Cade Thacker & Joe Sewards

Cade Thacker & Joe Sewards

Cade Thacker (Roswell, GA) was born and raised in Georgia and came up in the jam band tradition of Grateful Dead and the Allman Brothers. In college he heard a ...
Caid Jones

Caid Jones

Caid Jones grew up playing fiddle near Weiser, ID, one of the fiddling capitals of the world. He spent his teens practicing for hours after school, traveling to music festivals ...
Carlos Valdés-Dapena

Carlos Valdés-Dapena

Carlos Valdés-Dapena (West Orange, NJ) played saxophone and sang in choirs and musicals as a youth, but his passions were folk and bluegrass. At 18 he got a banjo and ...
Charlotte Ivy

Charlotte Ivy

Charlotte Ivy was introduced to bluegrass in 2012 while visiting Virginia friends, which renewed her interest in playing guitar. She attended a Wernick Method workshop and from then on she ...
Chris Armstrong

Chris Armstrong

Chris Armstrong is a multi-instrumentalist who has performed and taught private and group lessons for over fifteen years, and is now teaching at the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame and ...
Chris Brashear

Chris Brashear

Chris Brashear plays fiddle, mandolin and guitar and sings lead and harmony parts. With over 25 years of professional experience as a performer, producer, teacher, recording artist and songwriter, he ...
Chris Roszell

Chris Roszell

Chris Roszell is a recent arrival in Denver from North Carolina. He has played bluegrass banjo professionally for over 15 years with many bands including Colorado’s Blue Canyon Boys, Scott ...
Chris Talley

Chris Talley

Chris Talley plays over 25 instruments, specializing in banjo, fiddle and guitar, and releasing six albums with the Chris Talley Trio. She has won numerous banjo and fiddle contests including ...
Chuck Thompson

Chuck Thompson

A Nashville native, at age 6 Chuck Thompson (Old Hickory, TN) would go with his mother to hear Chet Atkins. At 16 he got a guitar and started playing bluegrass, ...
Dan Whitener

Dan Whitener

Dan Whitener is from Washington, DC, and is currently performing on banjo in the New York / New Jersey / Pennsylvania scene. He has hit the Billboard Bluegrass charts with ...
Dave Howard

Dave Howard

Dave Howard has enjoyed years of singing and playing mandolin throughout the U.S. with The 23 String Band – winners of the Louisville Music Awards Bluegrass Artist of the Year ...
Dave Kiphuth

Dave Kiphuth

Dave Kiphuth became well-known for his banjo work with the respected Connecticut band Apple Country, performing throughout the Northeast and South in the 1970s and 80s. He went on to ...
Debbie Wagner

Debbie Wagner

Debbie Wagner was introduced to guitar in grade school and quickly developed a love for the instrument. She has led jams for over 10 years, teaches beginning guitar to adults, ...
Denise Radtke

Denise Radtke

Denise Radtke (Saratoga Springs, NY) plays guitar, mandolin, clawhammer banjo and sings. She started in music with Renaissance recorder and performing with early music ensembles. In 2013, after taking a ...
Derwin Hinson

Derwin Hinson

Derwin Hinson grew up in North Carolina playing and singing in his family’s gospel band. In his early 20s he joined Charlie Louvin’s band and the next week played his ...
Don Julin

Don Julin

Don Julin, founder of Mandolins Heal the World, is regarded as one of the top mandolin instructors on the scene today. Don’s patient, detailed teaching style is appreciated by students ...
Duck Adkins

Duck Adkins

Duck Adkins has performed throughout the United States and around the world, including Lincoln Center in New York, the San Francisco Wharf, and the International House of Music in Moscow ...
Ed Harvey

Ed Harvey

Ed Harvey has been playing, writing, performing and recording music since the 1990s, mostly on acoustic guitar and upright bass. He also plays banjo, mandolin, mountain dulcimer, autoharp, and fiddle ...
Elena DeLisle

Elena DeLisle

Elena DeLisle has played and taught music professionally in a variety of settings and genres since the 1990s. Her career started with bluegrass guitar and mandolin with The Tanglefoot Quartet, ...
Ellen Carlson

Ellen Carlson

With a Master’s in Education and 15 years of teaching math, Ellen Carlson knows what it means to be accountable for students learning what she teaches. Having started fiddle at ...
Ellen Carlson & Melissa Bragdon Caron

Ellen Carlson & Melissa Bragdon Caron

Ellen Carlson and Melissa Bradgon Caron co-direct the New Hampshire Fiddle Ensemble. Ellen has been performing for 35 years, currently with High Range. She teaches fiddle, guitar and mandolin, privately ...
Erik Yates

Erik Yates

Erik Yates has been singing and playing the banjo for the past twenty years as a means of self-expression, a way of connecting with tradition, and surprisingly, as a way ...
Ernie Martinez

Ernie Martinez

Ernie Martinez, 40-year Swallow Hill faculty member, plays just about every stringed instrument, and more. In high school he started his first bluegrass band, the Off the Wall Gang, and ...
Esteban Arroyo

Esteban Arroyo

Esteban Arroyo discovered bluegrass over 10 years ago and now plays and teaches guitar, bass, banjo, piano and singing in online and in-person lessons. He has played bluegrass banjo for ...
Fred Staunton & George Welling

Fred Staunton & George Welling

Fred Staunton was first taken by bluegrass in 1980 while attending the Skyline Bluegrass Festival in WV, seeing and hearing John Hartford and the Osborne Brothers. Twenty years later he ...
Gabe Hirshfeld

Gabe Hirshfeld

Gabe Hirshfeld grew up in Newton, Massachusetts. At fifteen, listening to Car Talk on the radio he heard Earl Scruggs. The sound of the banjo spoke to him as no ...
Gilbert Nelson

Gilbert Nelson

Gilbert Nelson has been a regular on the jam scene for 30 years, with a passion for jamming, performing and teaching a variety of instruments. Gilbert's teaching is action packed ...
Gilles Rézard

Gilles Rézard

Gilles Rézard discovered bluegrass music at 16. He started learning guitar, then fell in love with the banjo. His two solo albums and recent cover feature in Banjo Newsletter magazine ...
Graham Sones

Graham Sones

Graham Sones is a more than forty-year veteran of the banjo, a Scruggs-style picker who enjoys his craft and helping students learn to play. Born in Rochester, MN with strong ...
Gray Toney

Gray Toney

Gray Toney is a well-respected guitar and banjo instructor in South Mississippi. He has over 25 years’ experience teaching, and has students ranging from age 7 to 72. He currently ...
Greg McGrath

Greg McGrath

Greg McGrath has been a bluegrass musician and teacher since 1990, teaching banjo and guitar during that time. Since attending Pete Wernick’s 2007 jam camp in North Carolina, he has ...
Harry Gambrill

Harry Gambrill

Harry Gambrill was bit by the bluegrass bug early and began playing the banjo at age twelve. He plays banjo with regional bluegrass band The Jersey Corn Pickers. Harry also ...
Heidi Olsen

Heidi Olsen

Heidi Olsen has long been involved in the bluegrass scene in the Central New Jersey area, playing banjo with her band Heidi Olsen and The Night, and hosting the Bluegrass ...
Ira Gitlin

Ira Gitlin

Ira Gitlin is widely known and respected in Washington-Baltimore music circles as a versatile multi-instrumentalist, teacher, and writer. A winner of the National Bluegrass Banjo Championship at Winfield, he has ...
Janeen Bogue

Janeen Bogue

Janeen Bogue (Lafayette, CO) has been a fixture at bluegrass jams along the Colorado front range since the early 2010’s when she picked up a bass and jumped feet first ...
Jeanette Curry

Jeanette Curry

Jeanette Curry began teaching 5-string banjo and guitar in the 1980s and now also teaches beginning mandolin. She has performed at bluegrass festivals and state fairs in the Midwest, and ...
Jeff Burke

Jeff Burke

Jeff Burke has been performing on mandolin, guitar, and banjo since 1999–a sought-after sideman who’s toured the U.S. and Europe with a variety of acoustic and bluegrass acts. A certified ...
Jeff Harding

Jeff Harding

Jeff Harding sings and plays the guitar and dobro and has been playing and teaching bluegrass all over the world for the last 30 years. He’s performed, recorded, toured and ...
Jenny & Matt Richardson

Jenny & Matt Richardson

Jenny & Matt Richardson are co-owners and head instructors at Blue Raven Music studios in Lincoln a musical environment welcoming to all. They have honed their teaching skills there for ...
Jenny Peters

Jenny Peters

Jenny Peters is a sought-after clinician, multi-instrument performer, and composer for string orchestras. With a Masters in Music, years of directing a successful school orchestra program, serving on college faculties ...
Jim Penson

Jim Penson

Penson String Works is the home of Jim Penson, long-time bluegrass musician, teacher, and luthier. He specializes in bluegrass banjo, having played since the 1970s, with The Bee Creek Boys, ...
Jimmy Heffernan

Jimmy Heffernan

Jimmy Heffernan is a multi-instrumentalist, specializing in resonator “dobro” guitar. In bluegrass and country music for over 40 years, he has performed and recorded with top names such as Larry ...
Jodi Harbin

Jodi Harbin

Jodi Harbin is a career musician who teaches mandolin, guitar, banjo and bass. She was the founder of the Colorado bluegrass band, Lonesome Traveler, and has continued her involvement in ...
Joe Ross

Joe Ross

Joe Ross is a multi-instrumentalist who has performed and recorded since the 1970s in bluegrass and other styles, with such bands as the High Mountain Ramblers, Sagegrass, Cold Thunder, Umpqua ...
Joe Sewards

Joe Sewards

Joe Sewards (Cumming, GA) has been playing guitar for most of his life, plays upright and electric bass, and has taught music for years. He's performed in bands in Chillicothe, ...
Joel Denman

Joel Denman

Joel Denman has a passion for bluegrass that began as a teenager growing up in Colorado. He actively gigs on fiddle, mandolin, guitar and baritone vocals, and was a public ...
John David

John David

John David is a master on banjo, mandolin, dobro, guitar, and harmonica. He also plays fiddle and bass. He toured with music luminaries the Limeliters, performed with Leon Redbone, and ...
John Holenko

John Holenko

John Holenko runs Charleston, SC’s popular folk music school Hungry Monk Music — a place to gather with friends and be encouraged to explore a lifelong love of music. He ...
John Treacy

John Treacy

John Treacy of Olympia, Washington plays mandolin and guitar and sings lead and harmony vocals. Since the ‘90s he has performed in numerous bands, playing a mix of old time, ...
Jonas Friddle

Jonas Friddle

Jonas Friddle began playing bluegrass guitar and mandolin as a student at Berea College, and in the fifteen years since has added the fiddle and clawhammer banjo. He has performed ...
Jordan Richmond

Jordan Richmond

Jordan “Worldpeace” Richmond has been a musician and teacher on the NYC and New England Bluegrass scene for over 20 years, playing dobro, guitar, and bass. He has played with ...
Joshua Adkisson

Joshua Adkisson

Joshua Adkisson plays 11 instruments. He discovered bluegrass after the death of his parents, finding a stash of bluegrass albums and listening to their records to feel closer to them ...
KC Groves

KC Groves

KC Groves is an accomplished instrumentalist (mandolin, guitar, bass), vocalist and songwriter at the forefront of Colorado’s bluegrass scene. As bandleader of the popular group Uncle Earl for over a ...
Keith Murdock

Keith Murdock

Keith Murdock plays resophonic guitar, banjo and guitar, sings lead and harmony in the Orchard Creek Bluegrass Band and writes music. Keith started playing guitar in the 60s learning Ventures ...
Kelly Bogan

Kelly Bogan

Classically trained on piano, Kelly Bogan was swayed into folk music in high school after hearing the likes of: The Beatles, Simon & Garfunkel, Gordon Lightfoot, Flatt & Scruggs, and ...
Kevin Slick

Kevin Slick

Kevin Slick has been performing, writing, and recording music for over 35 years. A talented multi-instrumentalist (guitar, mandolin, banjo), he has recorded over 30 albums as a solo artist or ...
Kristin Scott & Wayne Benson

Kristin Scott & Wayne Benson

Kristin Scott & Wayne Benson are both certified Wernick Method teachers. Kristin is 4-time IBMA Banjo Player of the Year and known for her taste, timing, and tone, and for ...
Larry Kernagis

Larry Kernagis

Larry Kernagis was raised during the folk revival era of the 60s, cutting his chops on Flatt & Scruggs and the Kingston Trio. Eventually, he became a banjo instructor at ...
Leigh Nelson

Leigh Nelson

Leigh Nelson came to bluegrass music in the 80s when friends were jamming and she wanted in on the fun. Leigh learned by ear and developed her skills at jam ...
Len Lawhon

Len Lawhon

Len Lawhon has been playing bluegrass and old-time music for over 30 years. He leads and plays mandolin for the old-time string band, Mulberry Jam and leads bluegrass and old-time ...
Leslie Dare & Susan West

Leslie Dare & Susan West

Leslie Dare & Susan West have found great synergy in working together to teach others the essentials of bluegrass jamming. Both grew up with music but after being musically inactive ...
Liam Purcell

Liam Purcell

Liam Purcell plays all the bluegrass instruments, sings lead and harmony and writes songs. Having grown up in Deep Gap, NC a mile from Doc and Merle Watson, he takes ...
Liz Wolfe

Liz Wolfe

Liz Wolfe is a lifelong musician and dedicated educator with years of experience. She is deeply involved in the New York City bluegrass scene, organizing and leading jams, and helping ...
Lydia Conway

Lydia Conway

Lydia Conway plays fiddle, guitar and mandolin. Instilled with a passion for music at an early age, she is dynamic performer and a fun teacher. Studying classical violin early on ...
Lynn Young

Lynn Young

Lynn Young is a veteran musician and Wernick Method jam teacher who has played in bluegrass and old-time string bands around the country during his 38 years with the US ...
Maggie Moore

Maggie Moore

Maggie Moore is a singer/songwriter with Appalachian roots, growing up in Virginia and later moving to West Virginia and Colorado. A music history major, she has sung in gospel, folk, ...
Martin Gilmore

Martin Gilmore

Martin Gilmore is a bluegrass musician, multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter, and music educator based in Denver, Colorado. He is a founding member of the bluegrass band Long Road Home, an acclaimed solo ...
Marty Calden

Marty Calden

Marty Calden is a multi-instrumentalist (guitar, mandolin, banjo), singer, and jam leader who believes bluegrass jamming can enrich and even change your life. Marty discovered bluegrass at the Old Town ...
Matt Jensen

Matt Jensen

Matt Jensen (Minneapolis, MN) plays and teaches bluegrass mandolin, guitar, fiddle, banjo, and upright bass. When he retired he fell in love with playing music with other people in bluegrass, ...
Matt Nicholls

Matt Nicholls

Matt Nicholls (Wrexham, North Wales, UK) is a singer/guitarist who has taught both individual and group lessons since 2007. He mainly works as a traveling guitar tutor in local schools ...
Max Schwartz

Max Schwartz

Max Schwartz is from Berkeley CA, currently attending the U. of Miami Frost School of Music on scholarship. He is acclaimed as both a bluegrass and jazz musician, having won ...
Melissa Bragdon Caron

Melissa Bragdon Caron

Melissa Bragdon Caron is a versatile fiddler and music teacher, classically trained and having studied music education. Since moving to Portland in 2003 she has been teaching and playing fiddle, ...
Michael Jockel

Michael Jockel

Michael Jockel began playing music as a teenager, in various Rock, Folk, and Country groups. After discovering bluegrass and the 5-string banjo at age 18, he has now performed on ...
Michelle Wallace

Michelle Wallace

Michelle Wallace has been active in bluegrass music for more than 20 years. Promoting bluegrass music in eastern Kentucky has been a way of life and goal for her. Hosting ...
Mike & Gail Thomas

Mike & Gail Thomas

Mike Thomas was bitten early by the bluegrass bug. In college he played banjo and guitar in bands and while in the Air Force played multiple instruments in Country Western ...
Nate Schwartz and Grant Milliken

Nate Schwartz and Grant Milliken

Nate Schwartz and Grant Milliken have played music together since 2010, performing bluegrass as well as jazz, rock, and R&B in some of LA’s most prestigious venues. Nate grew up ...
Pat Carine

Pat Carine

Pat Carine has been teaching private lessons in his home area of Medway for over ten years, on banjo, guitar, mandolin and fiddle. He plays banjo in a traditional bluegrass ...
Paul Dube and Erin Dube

Paul Dube and Erin Dube

Paul Dube and Erin Dube teach as a team. Paul plays bluegrass, folk, blues, Irish, Cajun and old-time music on guitar, accordion, mandolin and harmonica. He has played in numerous ...
Pete Wernick

Pete Wernick

Pete Wernick of Niwot, CO is renowned worldwide for his accomplishments and contributions to bluegrass music: the hot-picking force in several trend-setting bands including Hot Rize, innovative teacher and author, ...
Peter Ruby

Peter Ruby

Peter Ruby started guitar in his teens and discovered bluegrass in the 1990s, gaining experience while living in Australia and the U.S., as well as in his Czech homeland. In ...
Petr Brandejs

Petr Brandejs

Petr Brandejs has been voted Banjo Player of the Year three times in the Czech Republic. He now performs with the traditional Czech band Bluegrass Cwrkot, his own Petr Brandejs ...
Pierre Bastide

Pierre Bastide

Pierre Bastide (aka ResoMan) has picked the banjo and dobro for many years and plays with Franco-américain, Silkwood, Pierre Bastide Syndicate, and other bands. He also enjoys playing swing, blues, ...
Rex Kerbs

Rex Kerbs

Rex Kerbs has attended bluegrass festivals and played banjo at jams in the Pacific Northwest for more than 15 years. Jamming with friends has led to informal bands — the ...
Rick Sparks

Rick Sparks

Rick Sparks is equally at home playing banjo, guitar, mandolin, dobro and pedal steel guitar, and singing either lead or harmony. He has developed a reputation as an outstanding teacher ...
Scott Hopkins

Scott Hopkins

Scott Hopkins 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 ...
Sébastien Ferry

Sébastien Ferry

Sébastien Ferry started playing music at age 11, learning trumpet and guitar (fingerpicking, jazz, blues, rock). He plays styles from traditional Celtic music to folk, gypsy jazz and bluegrass using ...
Sue Coulter

Sue Coulter

Sue Coulter is a member of Colorado’s Bluegrass Hall of Honor, a multi-instrumentalist, and an experienced, much-loved teacher. She has started and guided bluegrass jams for over 25 years, and ...
Ti' Pierre

Ti’ Pierre

Ti' Pierre started music on guitar and fiddle, and now plays [and teaches??] all six bluegrass instruments. He has performed professionally since the 1980s, both solo and with traditional music ...
Tom Behan

Tom Behan

Tom Behan teaches and performs in the Capital District area of Upstate NY and has been playing the guitar and banjo for over 40 years. He currently holds down the ...
Tom Morris

Tom Morris

Tom Morris has been playing guitar and bass for over 55 years. He also plays banjo and has played mandolin with the “Good Tyme String Band” for over 15 years ...
Trevin Nelson

Trevin Nelson

Trevin Nelson is a bluegrass multi-instrumentalist and educator who, while attending the Berklee College of Music, dove deeply into the world of American roots music styles. As a co-founder of ...
Vince May

Vince May

Vince May grew up around bluegrass, attending festivals and shows, and got his first dobro over 30 years ago. A 26-year Army veteran, he's jammed in Baghdad and played with ...
Will Williamson

Will Williamson

Knoxville, TN Will Williamson first picked up a guitar and learned to play along at the weekly bluegrass jams that his dad hosted or attended. He has led several bands, ...