workshop Rhinebeck, NY

Bluegrass & Songwriting Workshop


Oct 20–25, 2024


Member: $585.00

Standard: $650.00

People playing banjo, guitar and bass

Jumpstart your playing and songwriting while enjoying daily jams with artists and teachers Mike Mitchell and Dawn Kenney.

Listen to Mike Mitchell's "Love of the Mountains."

Write songs and play tunes with nationally recognized songwriting and instrumental teachers Mike Mitchell and Dawn Kenney. Enjoy picking, singing, songwriting, and jamming—for bass, guitar, banjo, mandolin, fiddle, and lead and harmony singers.

Mike and Dawn show you how to apply the "six Ts" of music to the genre of bluegrass: tuning, timing, technique, tone, timbre, and taste.

Morning sessions include a group song-write and a group arrangement of a standard. During the arrangement session, we explore the balance of power between rhythm and melody, fills and lead-breaks.

Afternoon sessions consist of breakout groups organized by instrument, and Mike is available for one-on-one instruction. The afternoon ends with a vocal session, lead and three-part harmony singing.

Evenings will be spent in a relaxed song-circle jam. All participants are invited to perform in the culminating concert.

Intermediate through advanced level players are welcome.

More Information

Faculty asks that you please submit an audio file so they can get to know your music making and level of expertise—It is not required but it is appreciated for those who plan to enroll in the class. Send to Margie Farmer (

Workshop Rhinebeck, NY

Oct 20–25, 2024

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Bluegrass & Songwriting Workshop

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  • Mike-Mitchell-bio_cropped

    Mike Mitchell

    Mike Mitchell is a singer, songwriter, fiddler, and multi-instrumentalist.

  • Dawn-Kenney-bio2_cropped

    Dawn Kenney

    Dawn Kenney is a singer/songwriter who weaves together bluegrass, country, folk, and gospel music.