Music Lessons – Spring 2017

allstar information for romp


Hello Kentucky Bluegrass All-star Students,

We are getting close to our performance at ROMP on Saturday June 24th at 11:45am.. Today will be the last normal lesson time and we can pick up our t-shirts. The next lesson day will be Saturday June 10th but you will only come for your groups appointed time to practice and will be listed below.

For ROMP, everyone needs to wear their band t-shirt and meet back stage around 11am. We will tune everyone's instrument and divide you into your 3 groups.

Saturday June 10th at the Bluegrass Music Museum

Group 1 practice at 10am - Group 1 playing Boil The Cabbage Down, all instruments in this group will meet and practice our song together.


All instruments play melody 2 times - everyone sing once Fiddles play melody 2 times - everyone sing once Mandolins play melody 2 times - everyone sing once Guitars play melody 2 times - everyone sing once. All instruments play 2 times and end.

Group 2 practice at 11am playing Crawdad Song everyone will meet and practice together.


Instruments play intro - Everyone sing chorus and verse 1 and chorus - Instruments play solo - Everyone sing verse 2 and chorus - Instruments play solo - Everyone sing chorus

Group 3 practice at 12 noon playing In The Garden and Dooley. Everyone will meet and practice together.


In The Garden – Intro - sing verse1 and chorus – solo play chorus – sing verse 2 and chorus - tag Dooley – Intro – sing verse 1 and chorus and verse 2 and chorus – solo – sing verse 3 and chorus and chorus

During ROMP, when Group 3 has finished playing everyone will come on stage and play Blue Moon of Ky.

Blue Moon of KY

Sing all – solo – sing all and tag

If you have a loaned instrument from the museum, you have two options. You can turn it in to the museum sometime in July (Not During ROMP) or if you plan to take fall lessons, you can sign up in July and continue to use the instrument on loan.


registrations are now closed.  

We will be having class on BBQ Festival.  Be prepared to walk a few blocks as 2nd St. will be blocked off.

First Day of Class Information:

Saturday Lessons begin THIS Saturday, February 4th. Please arrive at the museum 15 minutes before class time, especially if you're checking out an instrument.


There is an agreement to complete for the instrument loan that will require a credit card or check.  You will not be charged at this time.  If the student withdraws from class or does not continue lessons, you will be charged if the instrument is not returned or damaged beyond repair.


If you're unsure about the start time of class, please check the schedule below.


The International Bluegrass Music Museum is located at 117 Daviess Street in Owensboro, KY.  We are part of the RiverPark Center Complex, located to the right of the courtyard.  You may park on the street or in the parking garage across from the museum.


In the event of inclement weather and classes need to be canceled, please check our facebook page for more information.

registration information

Classes begin February 4, 2017.  Registrations are now open.  All classes take place at the International Bluegrass Music Museum - 117 Daviess St.  Owensboro, KY.

The Saturday Lesson program is designed to make bluegrass music more accessible to all who are interested in learning to play an instrument.  Thanks to grants from the Micheal E. Horn Family Foundation and the Lester E. Yeager Charitable Trust, lessons are offered at a heavily discounted rate to the students.  Instruments are provided on loan as part of the program, and the students can take them home as long as they're enrolled in the lesson program.  Also, students that complete the session and perform with the museum's band of AllStars, each registrant will receive a ticket for themselves, plus two guests for Saturday at ROMP.  For more information about classes, please email Carly Smith. 


if you are a returning intermediate or advanced student, please call the museum (270-926-7891) to inquire if space is available.

Class Dates:

February 4

February 18

March 4

March 18

April 1

April 15

April 29

May 13 - FYI, BBQ Festival will be taking place.  Be prepared to walk a few blocks as 2nd Street will be blocked.

May 27

June 10

June 24 - Students perform at ROMP!

Class Times:


Beginner Fiddle - Ages 6-7

Beginner Guitar - Ages 6-7

Beginner Banjo - Ages 12 & Up


Beginner Fiddle - Ages 8-9

Beginner Guitar - Ages 8-9

Intermediate Banjo - All Ages


Beginner Fiddle - Ages 10-11

Beginner Guitar - Ages 10-11

Beginner Mandolin - Ages 6-11


Beginner Fiddle - Ages 12 & Up

Beginner Guitar - Ages 12 & Up

Beginner Mandolin - Ages 12 & Up


Intermediate Fiddle, Mandolin, Guitar - All Ages

Intermediate classes are open to any past students as well as anyone with musical experience. 


Jam Band - all acoustic instruments, percussion, and singers


Beginners -   This class is designed for the beginner student.  Instruments include:  Guitar, Fiddle, Banjo & Mandolin.  

Intermediate - Beginner students that have completed two semesters and are ready to expand upon the skills learned.  

Jam Band -  This class is for musicians and singers and will teach you how to play with others as the group learns songs together. You will learn how to arrange the song, pick the best key for the song, play along with different instruments and singers, and perform together at a local nursing home. We hope this experience will create relationships, spur bands to form, and make more music in our area and beyond. 

You must have basic playing knowledge of your instrument or singing.  Instruments will be acoustic only or small percussion. The styles covered will be bluegrass, country, rock, and folk. Professional musicians and teachers will lead the class.