Next camp's (dates TBA) teachers and class descriptions:

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): Krishna Feeney

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): Greg Schochet

All together now! In this bluegrass jamming class we'll chew on the big and little ingredients that make up a delicious bluegrass stew, such as:

Rhythmic and melodic roles of each instrument All aspects of jam etiquette Repertoire selection How to find your key for singing Deciding when to... Read more
Instructor(s): Evie Ladin

Open to all string instruments and geared towards beginning/intermediate players, we will explore repertoire, roles and rhythm in traditional old time music. We will find new repertoire and/or work on known tunes, the melody, rhythm, chord changes, potential singing parts, and techniques for... Read more

Class info coming soon! Read more

Instructor(s): Leela Grace

Take your old time banjo playing to the next level! This is your chance to expand your repertoire while honing technical skills. You’ll learn fun, beautiful tunes and songs in a variety of keys and tunings. We’ll work to create clear melodies without sacrificing rhythm. Each tune may challenge... Read more

Instructor(s): Steve Roy

Bass: the root of everything! This class will explore all things bass. We'll cover a variety of topics including:

The roles that bass plays in various band and jam settings, and how to relate and connect with the instruments/people you're playing with Posture and technique fundamentals that... Read more
Instructor(s): Ivan Rosenberg

Since I teach at Walker Creek often and get a lot of repeat students, I'd like to try something new this time: helping you all speak Dobro more fluently by increasing your Dobro vocabulary. Here's my plan for the weekend:

Day 1: Learn a slew of open and closed-position Dobro licks!... Read more

Instructor(s): Paul Shelasky

Class description coming soon!

About Paul Shelasky

Paul Shelasky started playing guitar at the age of fourteen, and began fiddle and mandolin at age eighteen. Although his parents were classically trained musicians, Paul taught himself to be fluent in bluegrass, jazz, Celtic... Read more

Instructor(s): Tricia Spencer

Tricia will teach fiddle tunes her family has played for generations as well as other tunes from masters of old-time music that she has learned throughout her lifetime. Tricia will utilize her "Grandma’s Cheats" that her grandma Iona taught her as a young girl.

These "cheats" are two... Read more

Instructor(s): Paul Anastasio

Class description and bio coming soon! Read more

Instructor(s): Steve Pottier

Rhythm and Lead ideas from Doc and Clarence! Get some new inspiration for your guitar playing.

Two of the greatest flatpickers ever were Doc Watson and Clarence White. Known for their virtuosity, some of their ideas are very accessible. We will look at some of these rhythm and lead ideas... Read more

Instructor(s): Howard Raines

In this class, we will learn all about the BOOM, listening for chord choices, playing bass runs, and keeping time. Though we'll spend a lot of time strategizing about backing up old time fiddle tunes, the skills and concepts you'll learn in class will help your playing in many other styles and... Read more

Instructor(s): Tony Marcus

This class will move through styles from western swing to more straight jazz of the 1930s style, with the emphasis on rhythm playing. I will teach a repertoire of swing type songs utilizing a fairly limited vocabulary of chord shapes. We'll also concentrate on the compact 4/4 right hand... Read more

Instructor(s): Adam Traum

More info on this class coming soon!

About Adam Traum

Adam Traum is a compelling story teller who wraps his catchy hooks with infectious grooves.The recent spate of material Adam has been writing evokes images of the Americana landscape spinning tales of heartbreak, beauty, joy... Read more

Instructor(s): Richard (Richie) Brown

In this class we will explore the style and sound of Bill Monroe, the Father of Bluegrass Music. We will study and play Monroe-style tremolo, downstrokes, double stops, slides, rhythm figures, and blue notes. We will identify and try out these techniques on Monroe classics such as Bluegrass... Read more

Instructor(s): Tim Connell

This class will focus on learning to perform swing repertoire on the mandolin. Great melodies, interesting chord progressions, groovy right hand percussion and a springboard for improvisation - swing mandolin has it all!

In this class, all students will:

Learn the melodies of... Read more
Instructor(s): Steve Baughman

In this class we will spend lots of time just singing and learning songs that we can carry with us into our musical lives. We will also spend some time working on vocal blend and on finding harmony parts.

This is an a cappella class so you may bring musical instruments as long as... Read more

Instructor(s): Rebecca Stout

Singing in harmony begins with "thinking in harmony." Learn how to tune in to the voices around you while practicing an array of tips and tricks for harmonious singing in duos, trios and quartets. This spring Rebecca is excited to be introducing Clinton Ross Davis as her guest instructor. Clint... Read more

Instructor(s): Katie Glassman

We’ll sing songs from the classic swing and Western swing catalog as you learn how to find the key that suits you. I'll provide a booklet of swing and Western Swing songs with lyrics and charts that we can work from. We’ll work on vocal technique, style, and harmonies to any song that suits your... 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