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 also performed with such nationally known performers as the Johnson Mountain Boys, Laurie Lewis, and Peter Rowan.

Ira has taught at many camps and workshops, helping students master the basic skills that will make them a welcome presence at any jam session.

“A wonderfully engaging and informative instructor.”
“Not only knowledgeable but can teach and truly cares about the music.”
“The no pressure teaching style was an unexpected surprise.”
“Lots of well articulated insights about jamming strategies and rules of the road.”
“The best music teacher in the DC area, maybe even the entire world!”
“The group jams were a great opportunity for everyone to get lots of practice with whatever they needed. Leading songs, taking breaks, singing harmonies, just building confidence with it all.”
“Ira’s extraordinary knowledge/mastery of 3-4 instruments means that he can accommodate ALL learners.”
“Ira Gitlin is terrific!”

College Park, MD

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