Department of Tourism
Bluegrass Museum to Offer Music Lessons
OWENSBORO, Ky. -- The International Bluegrass Music Museum is entering year #3 of its Saturday Lessons Program, providing group music lessons to anyone in this region interested in learning to play bluegrass. Lessons are provided for beginner and intermediate levels on fiddle, banjo, mandolin, and guitar.
Register now for the fall semester, which begins Oct. 6. Program participants, known as the Kentucky Bluegrass AllStars, will work with professional music instructors for one hour every other Saturday from Oct. 6 through Dec. 15, 2007.
The lessons take place within the one-of-a-kind, 22,000 square-foot museum located at 117 Daviess Street in the RiverPark Center complex. The AllStars are surrounded by interesting and engaging exhibits, artifacts, and Hall of Honor plaques as they learn to play the music of their heritage.
Instruments are provided to those who do not have their own. That cost is included in the $30.00 tuition, which covers the entire fall semester. To encourage the formation of family bands, additional immediate family members can enroll for $15.00. All ages are welcome.
To register and pick up your instrument, come to the museum’s gift shop Tuesday - Friday from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. The deadline for registration is Friday, Sept. 28.
Full Scholarships are available, if needed. Call Brenda at the museum for information on how to apply: 270-926-7891.
The spring semester begins Feb. 9, 2008 and continues through the group’s much-anticipated annual Main Stage performance at ROMP (River of Music Party). Dates for ROMP 2008 are June 26-28.
The Kentucky Bluegrass AllStars Program is an off-shoot of the museum’s larger Bluegrass in the Schools (BITS) program, now in its fifth year and responsible for teaching bluegrass to over 10,500 regional elementary students each year. The museum provides professional bluegrass music instructors who distribute instruments, instruct, and host all-school assemblies.
The museum is also asking anyone who has a fiddle, banjo, guitar or mandolin that is not in use to donate them for use in the Saturday Lessons Program. Call Brenda at 270-926-7891.
The International Bluegrass Music Museum is the only museum of its kind in the world and is dedicated to the preservation and promotion of bluegrass music for fans around the world.
The Kentucky Department of Tourism, an agency of the Kentucky Commerce Cabinet, exists to promote The Commonwealth as a travel destination, generate revenue and create jobs for Kentucky’s econom