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 [email protected] 

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 @  I teach students from Lancaster, Lebanon and Dauphin counties here in PA. Web site:   Phone: 717-361-8474 

Mark Arrington    

Fiddle     Banjo     Mandolin     Guitar
Bucks County, PA . 215-702-1770  [email protected] 

Web site:

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.  [email protected]  or

Rick Briggs    

Harrisburg, PA Area.  [email protected] or

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   Contact info: Bucks County Music Shop, 40 S. Sand Road, New Britain, PA 18901.  215-345-0616 or 

Justin Carbone    

guitar     mandolin     bass     vocals
Sellersville, PA (Bucks County).  610-952-0961.  [email protected] or

Nathan Clifton    

101 Hillside Ave., Wilmington DE 19805.  302-999-8752 (h) or 302-420-6998(cell).  [email protected]

Mark Cosgrove    

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

Billy Lee Cox     

5-string banjo
Warwick, Pa. 610-761-0101 or [email protected];  In addition to one on one teaching, Billy Lee Cox also has an  instructional CD available at

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.

Joe Flli

 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: [email protected] Phone and Text: 732-330-7482. Located in Brick, Ocean County, New Jersey. More info at

Harry Gambrill    

Banjo     Guitar    Mandolin
Ridley Park, PA.  Email [email protected]

 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:[email protected] or [email protected] or see

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.  or hone 267-377-5651 or [email protected]

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: [email protected] or  phone: 302-893-2800

Nev Jackson, Pennsylvania Bluegrass Academy    Banjo     Bass     Mandolin     Guitar
 #2 Ironwood Drive, Annville, Pa. 17003 (near Hershey, PA).  [email protected] or

Kevin Justice    

Guitar     Mandolin
Penns Grove, NJ.  [email protected] or (856) 299-2402

Matt Koch    

Upright Bass     Music Theory
Quakertown, Pa., (215) 536-7753 or [email protected]

Wanamaker Lewis    

Banjo     Finger-style Guitar    
Philadelphia area. contact [email protected] 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: Friendly environment and reasonable rates.  Beginner to advanced fingerstyle guitar lessons. See a sample at

Sarah Larsen    


The Music Workshop, Berwyn, PA.         610-240-0505            [email protected]
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

Ann Leyland    

Bucks County, PA.  215-946-4163 or  [email protected]

Chris Liakos    

Contradance, Irish and old-time styles. Lansdowne, PA.  [email protected] or phone  770-316-4626

 Ed Lick     5-String Banjo
Green Lane, PA.  [email protected]   or phone  215-234-4507

Rick London    

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 [email protected]

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.

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    

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 [email protected]

Jane Rothfield    

Fiddle     Clawhammer (Old Time) Banjo
Philadelphia Area. Adults and children welcome.  [email protected]  or

Scott Samuels    

Acoustic Guitar 
Philadelphia, PA.  Web:  or Phone: 646-221-3354. or email: [email protected]

Mark Schultz      

Bluegrass Banjo
Montgomery County, PA. 610-633-1144.  [email protected]

Jay Scott, West Chester Music    

West Chester, PA,  (610) 436-8641 or  [email protected]  or

John Seneta    

Mandolin     Mandola     Guitar
8875 Krewstown Rd. - B6, Philadelphia, PA  19115-4848.  (267) 979-7714 or [email protected] or see

Rick Shryock    

Fiddle     Guitar     Theory     Harmony Vocals
Woodlyn, PA (Delaware County), [email protected]  or 302-239-2355

Robert Sutor     

5-String Bluegrass banjo
126 South Bell Ave., Yardley, PA   19067.  Ph.: 215-493-1582 or e-mail [email protected]
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.

Joe Todaro    

28 N. Lansdowne Ave., Lansdowne, PA 19050.  610-623-3555 or [email protected]

Tony Trischka    

Fair Lawn, NJ. [email protected]

Chuck Winch    

Banjo      Guitar     Mandolin     Electric bass
 610 Spruce Hills Dr., Glen Gardner (Hunterdon County), NJ
 908-537-6511 or  [email protected] or

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