are still posted below


These are the morning classes, the ones you sign up for in advance, averaging 10-12 students per class (more for classes with two teachers). Class sizes are limited, and some fill up the first day we open for registration, so sign up early! You take this core class each morning (afternoon elective classes are drop-in style and don't require sign-ups). Click on a class, and you will see the full description, along with instructor bios and websites.


Level 1 is "advanced beginner"; you should know the basics of how to play your instrument and keep it in tune, and play a few songs or tunes, probably not up to tempo yet.
Level 2 is "intermediate"; you can do all the above, have some experience playing with others, you're comfortable with your instrument, and can play some songs up to tempo.
Level 3 is "upper intermediate/advanced": you are a confident musician and comfortable jamming and playing in groups, but still there is always more to learn.

Please Read the Recommended prerequisites. How long you've been playing does not determine which class you should be in; it's what you can do and what you know, as specified in the prerequisites for each class, that matters. That said, a positive attitude towards learning in a group setting is the most important prerequisite for having a great time at camp. Almost all of our classes are for intermediate level and beyond.

Level 1 players! (advanced beginners)  Check out the group classes! You'll still get some instrument-specific instruction, and you'll also learn a ton by playing with others (playing with others is what it's all about!).

Feel free to call for more information (415-663-6030). The director can help you choose a class, and we will allow for some adjustments the first day of camp.

Those who feel they've "outgrown" camp classes can be considered as teaching assistants (see the FAQs page for more info).                                                                                             

Instructor(s): Morgan Cochneuer & Rebecca Richman

This class, designed specifically for young campers, provides a rich, varied, and age-appropriate experience with plenty of hands-on music making. At Walker Creek we believe the best way to learn music is to get inspired, make connections, and become engaged through fun activities that teach... Read more

Instructor(s): Tom Sauber

Making instrumental and/or vocal music with other folks has to be one of the most wonderful and exhilarating things we, as humans, can do (okay, there's dance, too). Our musical journey starts with the listening experience, leading to learning an instrument (or two).... Read more

Instructor(s): Alan Munde

In this class, we’ll analyze the solos of Earl Scruggs—and take a musical and technical pilgrimage along the way—on songs such as “Blue Ridge Cabin Home,” “Your Love is Like a Flower,” and “Little Darlin’ Pal of Mine.” We’ll also look at practical ways to search for melodies, explore the concept... Read more

Instructor(s): Joe Newberry

I am always delighted to be able to share what I have learned about playing the banjo with others in my musical community. Our class will feature a mix of famous and not-so-famous (although they should be) tunes. Both are important. While I'm excited to show you some new tunes, I am equally... Read more

Instructor(s): Bill Amatneek

Why Should I Take a Bass Class?

by Ingrid Noyes, Nate Lee, and Paul Knight

As director of this camp, and formerly the CBA Music Camp, I have found that it's always hard to fill the bass classes at camp. Once you learn how to go I, V, I, V, isn’t that all there is to it?... Read more

Instructor(s): Bill Amatneek

The role of the string bass—keep steady time, outline the chords, lead the band—did not change as it moved from bluegrass to New Grass and New Acoustic Music, but the notes and the rhythms did. What started as two-beat bass evolved to walking four-to-the-bar, and the rhythms of Latin jazz.=... Read more

Instructor(s): Ivan Rosenberg

I have lots of new instructional material to share with you at Walker Creek Music Camp this year! Here's what we'll get into:

Navigating the fretboard the "old school" way in the style of Brother Oswald and Uncle Josh, working mostly from closed, straight-bar chord positions and slants. New... Read more
Instructor(s): Megan Lynch Chowning

In this class, we'll work on improving technique, tone, intonation, and rhythm, and then on using those skills to become better bluegrass fiddlers. We will cover the fiddle’s role in a bluegrass band and​ jam setting,​ including kicking off songs, creating memorable breaks, and learning melodies... Read more

Instructor(s): Katie Glassman

In this class we will explore the beautiful long bow fiddling of Western Swing and Classic Country music using songs from the likes of Hank Williams, Ray Price, Buck Owens, Patsy Cline and Bob Wills. Though these fabulous singers' names were on the marquee, for us fiddlers it's Johnny Gimble,... Read more

Instructor(s): April Verch

Old Time can mean many things, and I happen to love them all! In this class, we’ll dive into “Old Time Canadian” fiddling and the regional styles that term encompasses, and then contrast those styles with some Old Time American and Appalachian styles. We will learn to play tunes from various... Read more

Instructor(s): Chris Jones

This class will include both rhythm guitar and flatpicking lead. A broad spectrum of rhythm concepts and techniques will be covered, including timing, learning to increase speed, bass runs, dynamics, backup fills, and various forms of the G-run. In lead guitar, I’ll cover simple turnarounds and... Read more

Instructor(s): Greg Schochet

Some country music is so classic, it needs only a first name: Hank, Loretta, Merle, Patsy, Buck. In this class we’ll learn some giants of the repertoire and look at what makes them tick. Using a variety of strumming patterns and techniques in different keys, such as palm muting and bass runs, we... Read more

Instructor(s): Peter McLaughlin

This flatpicking class will have an emphasis on bluegrass music and fiddle tunes. We will focus on improving rhythm guitar technique, developing bluegrass solos, improvising solos, adapting fiddle tunes to guitar, playing leads out of chord positions, and crosspicking methods. We will also touch... Read more

Instructor(s): Patrick Sauber

Bluegrass mandolin starts with Bill Monroe, and in this class we will focus on his style and techniques. We will emphasize building a strong right hand, and developing good timing and tone. We’ll learn some Monroe tunes as well. This class will be taught by ear, so feel free to bring a recording... Read more

Instructor(s): Tom Rozum

The mandolin was well represented in country music until the 1960s. After that, there has been a dearth of acoustic country mandolin stylists to emulate. So in this class, rather than necessarily learn the ways of the early country mandolin players, we'll focus more generally on how to... Read more

Instructor(s): Alice Gerrard and Chris Brashear

This class will focus on Southern duet singing, while also digging into the core of what gives a song its traditional sound, from unaccompanied to early country styles. What is the "high lonesome sound"? What are embellishments or ornamentations? What is "bending" a note? What is a blue note?... Read more

Instructor(s): Laurie Lewis

There is something so direct in the lyrics and melody of a good country song. Emotions laid bare, and described in straight-ahead language that you can’t help but understand, all hung on a simple structure of three or four chords. Delivering a well-crafted country song about heartache is the... Read more

Instructor(s): Rebecca Stout

Want to be able to sing along at bluegrass or old time jam sessions with friends and family, but don’t know where to begin? Let’s begin at the beginning! We will work with songs from the camp songbook and maybe some additional Carter Family standards. We will learn about “getting behind” the... Read more

Instructor(s): Josh Tharp

Josh Tharp started playing banjo in 1997 after first hearing Earl Scruggs. In 2006 he began his bluegrass travels with the Southern California based band Lost Highway which took him all over the US, Canada and Europe. In 2000 he went to Roberto-Venn School of Luthiery and began building and... Read more

Instructor(s): many

Elective class sample topics are listed below. These one-hour classes are scheduled in the afternoons. The actual selection varies from camp to camp, but will include some of these for sure, and you can make requests if you see something that you would like to be sure gets onto the schedule.... Read more

Instructor(s): Music Caravan

Music Caravan brings a wide array of musical needs to camp including picks, strings, capos, tuners, stands, books and CDs. There will also be some instruments available. If known in advance, special orders can be brought to camp. Contact Dana Thorin: ... Read more