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Instruments We Teach:

    *  Guitar  *  Banjo  *

    *  Ukulele  *  Mandolin   *  Voice  *

      Adults and Children   *  Beginners through Advanced

      We have been offering lessons here at Bucks County Folk Music since we opened in 1966 and, from the beginning, we have had instructors that not only know how to play well, but also know how to teach well.

      Our lessons are tailored to each individual student and we do not use "cookie cutter" approaches.  Our teachers will talk with you and work to develop lessons based on what you wish to learn and what will work best to get you there.  You will learn more quickly and, more importantly, with more enjoyment.

      As your lessons continue, you and your teacher will continue to collaborate on your progress and your goals.

      Most lessons are 1/2 hour, once a week, private instruction, $26 per lesson, payable month-to-month.  (Voice is 1 hour every week, $52 per lesson.  Bluegrass Banjo is 1 hour every other week, $52 per lesson).

      Please Contact Us to learn more or to sign up to begin your lessons.

      Meet Our Teachers:

      Christy B. - Guitar, Ukulele, Voice

      Christy teaches Fingerpick, Flatpick, Folk, and Christian Worship Guitar for Beginner Students; Beginner Ukulele; and All Levels of Voice.

      Christy has her BA in music from Kutztown University.  She has been teaching since 2002 in tandem with a successful career as a singer / songwriter.  From 2002 – 2012 she toured domestically and abroad and professionally recorded six collections of mostly original music, all released under her own record label.  In more recent years, Christy has cut back on touring and recording to focus on family.  She enjoys singing with and supporting the worship team at her church, making music with her own young children, and inspiring her students.


      Dave Z. - Guitar

      Dave teaches Guitar for Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced Students.

      Dave started playing the guitar at an early age in the 1970s and has since been exploring bluegrass, country, southern rock, and blues styles.  He has played guitar and mandolin with acoustic music bands in western Pennsylvania, Arizona, Texas, Tennessee, and Wisconsin.  Since moving to the Philadelphia area he has either filled in with, or been a member of Without a Paddle, Deep City Healers, Bovine Social Club, Blue Roots, Vintage Drive and Hilltown.  You'll also find him at many of the local bluegrass and folk jam sessions playing guitar and mandolin.

      Dave's approach to teaching is straightforward.  He works with students to define a goal and assesses their current playing level.  Once these two things are clear, Dave and the student agree on a lesson plan outline that will help the student acheive their goals.  Upon attainment, students set the next level goal to continue the pursuit of growing proficiency on the instrument.


      Bob S. - Bluegrass Banjo


      Bob teaches Scruggs and Melodic Styles on the 5-String Banjo for Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced Students.

      Bob started teaching banjo for us way back in 1987 and is still going strong! Bob believes anyone can learn to play banjo simply by taking small steps, having patience and playing slowly. He is currently with the bluegrass group Hilltown (not to be confused with the town) and has performed multiple times at A.F.B.A. festival, NEPA bluegrass festival, O.A.T.S. bluegrass festival and at the famous Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee.


      Steve A. - Mandolin

      Steve teaches Mandolin for Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced Students.

      Steve first picked up a mandolin at a gathering back in 1983 after a friend told him to try one, as there were already three banjo players among the group and no one was playing mandolin. Little did Steve know that this suggestion would lead to a 30+ year love affair with playing mando.

      Mainly self-taught, Steve has worked his way from almost being a banjo player to performing as an accomplished mandolin musician in multiple groups, including the bluegrass group Hilltown who has opened for The Steep Canyon Rangers and has regularly performed at Wind Gap, O.A.T.S., and A.F.B.A. bluegrass festival. Steve has also shared the stage with musician Tom Hanway and also plays Old Rock, Americana, Folk, and Irish.

      Steve believes that everyone has their own unique voice when it comes to playing an instrument. One of his great joys is helping folks discover and bring out that “voice” in their playing.