Bluegrass Teachers

Compiled by Ed Pollak

(revised 5/17/16) 



This list of bluegrass music teachers is primarily for the Delaware Valley area.  If you know of someone who should be on the list please email epollak@wcupa.edu. 

In Alphabetical Order

Tom Arri    

Scruggs Style Banjo    Guitar     Mandolin
30 years experience teaching guitar, mandolin and banjo. I'm a regular contributor to the Banjo Hangout @ www.banjohangout.org.  I teach students from Lancaster, Lebanon and Dauphin counties here in PA. Web site: http://www.banjotom2.com/.   Phone: 717-361-8474 

Mark Arrington    

Fiddle     Banjo     Mandolin     Guitar
Bucks County, PA . 215-702-1770  arrington@verizon.net 

Web site: http://www.markarringtonmusic.com/

Jack R. Baker
   

Banjo     Guitar
Bluegrass Banjo and Fingerstyle Folk Guitar in the Hampton area of NJ and the Village area of New York City.
646 526 3351.  jbaker7@ix.netcom.com  or http://www.frettedinstrumentsnyc.com

Rick Briggs    

Banjo
Harrisburg, PA Area.  rick@rickbriggs.com or http://www.rickbriggs.com

Bucks County Music Shop    

guitar     mandolin     bass     banjo       fiddle  
Marty Smith (fiddle/mandolin/guitar/upright bass)
Bob Sklarsky (Scruggs/Melodic 5-string banjo)
Richard Drueding (guitar/uke)
Bob Dopira (guitar)
Wendy Schettig (guitar)
More info/bios on each instructor may be found at http://shop.bucksmusic.com/xcart/pages.php?pageid=8   Contact info: Bucks County Music Shop, 40 S. Sand Road, New Britain, PA 18901.  215-345-0616 or http://shop.bucksmusic.com/xcart/ 

Justin Carbone    

guitar     mandolin     bass     vocals
Sellersville, PA (Bucks County).  610-952-0961.  carbone81@gmail.com or http://www.unpluggeddemos.com

Nathan Clifton    

Banjo
101 Hillside Ave., Wilmington DE 19805.  302-999-8752 (h) or 302-420-6998(cell).  natecliff@hotmail.com

Mark Cosgrove    

Guitar     Mandolin
Bucks County, PA.  Mark also teaches in Delaware a few days/month.  Phone (215) 262-0043  or http://www.mcosgrove.com/  

Billy Lee Cox     

5-string banjo
Warwick, Pa. 610-761-0101 or Banjowills@hotmail.com;  In addition to one on one teaching, Billy Lee Cox also has an  instructional CD available at http://www.funkyseagull.com/

 
Ted Estersohn    

Guitar     Mandolin     Tenor Banjo
At my South Philadelphia home studio. 45 years a teacher. Old-Time, Bluegrass, Blues, Bottleneck, Swing, Jazz, theory (as needed). 215-463-8512.  http://www.wavechair.com


Joe Flli
Fiddle 

 Joe have studied with former Monroe Blue Grass Boy Gene Lowinger and played for 24 years with Old Time Country Music Hall of Fame performer, Jim Murphy and the Pine Barons. Contact info: email: oldharmony@yahoo.com. Phone and Text: 732-330-7482. Located in Brick, Ocean County, New Jersey. More info at www.filiusfiddles.com


Harry Gambrill    

Banjo     Guitar    Mandolin
Ridley Park, PA.  Email hbgiii@juno.com

 Kenneth C. Gehret    

Guitar      Mandolin      Dobro     Vocal      Banjo     Fiddle     Bass     Music theory
 2311 Grandview Blvd.,  West Lawn,Pa. 19609.  ph. 610-927-1755;   cell 484-529-0092;   fax 610-927-2541;  mailto:gehret@enter.net or kgehret@comcast.net or see http://www.kengehret.com/

Paul Good    

Guitar     Mandolin     Bass      dobro     Piano
Located in Quakertown, Pa.  I've been playing Bluegrass and Country music for 38 years.  I teach from my home, but I am willing to travel. Singer/Flat Picker.
http://www.pmgharmony.com  or hone 267-377-5651 or thankfuldad4@yahoo.com

Wally Hughes     Fiddle     Bass     Mandolin     Dobro     Banjo     Guitar     Bluegrass harmony singing
 Lessons include recording of session (to CD) for you  to take home and practice. Located in Smyrna, DE. e-mail: one_horseman@yahoo.com or  phone: 302-893-2800

Nev Jackson, Pennsylvania Bluegrass Academy    Banjo     Bass     Mandolin     Guitar
 #2 Ironwood Drive, Annville, Pa. 17003 (near Hershey, PA).  nevjack@pabluegrassacademy.com or  http://www.pabluegrassacademy.com/

Kevin Justice    

Guitar     Mandolin
Penns Grove, NJ.  kevin_justice@yahoo.com or (856) 299-2402

Matt Koch    

Upright Bass     Music Theory
Quakertown, Pa., (215) 536-7753 or mkoch@netcarrier.com

Wanamaker Lewis    

Banjo     Finger-style Guitar    
Philadelphia area. contact wan.lew@earthlink or phone 267-975-2529
Beginner to advanced bluegrass and old time 5-string banjo. My experience includes 15 years with the Lewis Brothers and performing shows with the likes of Alison Krauss, Doc Watson & John Hartford at venues such as the Phila Folk Fest, The Keswick and Sellersville Theatres and numerous clubs. Here's a link to some of my banjo playing:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BoNiibaAyU0. Friendly environment and reasonable rates.  Beginner to advanced fingerstyle guitar lessons. See a sample at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-23twlcXKSE

Sarah Larsen    

Fiddle/violin

The Music Workshop, Berwyn, PA.         610-240-0505            info@themusicworkshop.org
When not fronting her own band (HURRICANE HOSS and THE PERFECT STORM), Sarah Larsen is a sidewoman for the David Mayfield Parade, Mason Porter, the Hot Club of Philadelphia, and Ladybird. The last year has seen her in the studio with Dr. Dog, Mason Porter, Saskwatch, and Ben Arnold, among others. She recently appeared as a soloist for the Green Bay Symphony Orchestra. For a sample of Sarah's fiddling see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u5B2ETomFSA


Ann Leyland    

Guitar
Bucks County, PA.  215-946-4163 or  Aynhl@aol.com

Chris Liakos    

Fiddle
Contradance, Irish and old-time styles. Lansdowne, PA.  contrafiddlechris@gmail.com or phone  770-316-4626

 Ed Lick     5-String Banjo
Green Lane, PA.  Fast53@verizon.net   or phone  215-234-4507

Rick London    

Banjo
West Chester, PA. 3 finger style beginner to advanced intermediate. I have been playing for 35 years, and have taught individual and in groups. I can also teach beginner clawhammer - but that is not my strong suit. Phone 484-947-5478 or e-mail ricklondon08@gmail.com

Ken Meyle / Beam's School of Music    

Guitar (flatpicking and finger style)      Mandolin      5-string banjo
Frazer Shopping Center, 480 Lancaster Ave., Malvern, Pa. 19355.  (610) 647 - 3647.  http://www.beamsmusic.com/


Rev. Ron Parker

​Guitar (primarily jazz) and theory
254 Williams Road, Bryn Mawr, PA  19010
Cell:  610-416-1950

Ron is a retired  priest, with a resume as a Broadway pit player and New York studio musician.  He is looking for a few serious guitar students who want to take their playing up the next level.  Although his approach is jazz oriented, the basic fundamentals apply to  Bluegrass and Swing music very readily. 


Ben Polanski    

Mandolin 
I’ve been playing mandolin since 1969 and have been both a professional and semi-professional musician since, which included some 20 years teaching mando. Have a Masters in Ed. Open to all levels and styles. Princeton, NJ area (East Windsor). Contact phone: 609-577-9879 or at benpolanski@verizon.net

Jane Rothfield    

Fiddle     Clawhammer (Old Time) Banjo
Philadelphia Area. Adults and children welcome.  janerothfield@gmail.com  or  http://www.janerothfield.com/

Scott Samuels    

Acoustic Guitar 
Philadelphia, PA.  Web: http://www.scottsamuelsmusic.com  or Phone: 646-221-3354. or email: sstune@earthlink.net

Mark Schultz      

Bluegrass Banjo
Montgomery County, PA. 610-633-1144.  mark@mschultzlaw.com

Jay Scott, West Chester Music    

Guitar
West Chester, PA,  (610) 436-8641 or  jbirdrec@aol.com  or http://www.westchestermusicstore.com/

John Seneta    

Mandolin     Mandola     Guitar
8875 Krewstown Rd. - B6, Philadelphia, PA  19115-4848.  (267) 979-7714 or graywolfpd@comcast.net or see http://www.johnseneta.com/

Rick Shryock    

Fiddle     Guitar     Theory     Harmony Vocals
Woodlyn, PA (Delaware County), Rsing2@rcn.com  or 302-239-2355

Robert Sutor     

5-String Bluegrass banjo
126 South Bell Ave., Yardley, PA   19067.  Ph.: 215-493-1582 or e-mail rsutor@voicenet.com
Beginner to intermediate. Scruggs, melodic & driving styles taught with emphasis on clean, accurate  and smooth playing.  Students begin playing songs the first lesson.  Evening classes are on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Weekends. http://www.bluegrasswithborderline.com/

Joe Todaro    

Mandolin
28 N. Lansdowne Ave., Lansdowne, PA 19050.  610-623-3555 or mandolute@aol.com

Tony Trischka    

Banjo
Fair Lawn, NJ. info@tonytrischka.com  http://www.tonytrischka.com/

Chuck Winch    

Banjo      Guitar     Mandolin     Electric bass
 610 Spruce Hills Dr., Glen Gardner (Hunterdon County), NJ
 908-537-6511 or  cwinch@earthlink.net or  http://www.geocities.com/wilkinswinch