Interested in folk lessons in Middletown, CT? Want to lean the Banjo, Mandolin, or Ukelele? Our professional instructors can help you learn, no matter what your skill level.Karen Hogg - Mandolin, Ukulele
A Berklee College of Music graduate, Karen brings a wealth of experience in musical instruction. She is a prolific performer and author, having written many articles for Acoustic Guitar magazine and Fretboard Journal, including interviews with legends Les Paul and Tommy Ramone. She has written two instructional books for guitar: Guitar Made Easy and Women in Rock. Her 25 years of teaching experience includes both private and group lessons on guitar, mandolin, and ukulele at various music schools and summer camps across the country. She also leads student bands in preparation for recitals.
John Birt - Mandolin
A New Haven-area native, Karen is the mandolinist in the band Flint Ladder. She also regularly provides solo fingerstyle guitar, fingerstyle ukulele, and solo mandolin at weddings and events in the area. Karen loves teaching and encouraging students to do their best AND have fun!
John Birt is a classical guitarist who has proven his versatility on many stages throughout the world. His performances have included solo and chamber repertoire that extend from the Renaissance to the present, including several premieres of New England based composers.
Kevin Wyman - Banjo
A native of Rhode Island, John was a self-taught musician before entering Rhode Island College in the fall of 2007. Once enrolled, he began studying classical guitar with Eric Christensen, which sparked a fascination with early music through transcription and contemporary works with new or extended techniques. Outside of solo performance, John also maintains a wide experience of ensemble work through many chamber duos and trios, jazz groups, and orchestras, both as a performer and conductor.
John is currently completing a Master’s degree at The Hartt School, University of Hartford, where he studies with internationally recognized pedagogue and performer, Richard Provost. He has participated in several master classes presented by Oscar Ghiglia, Andrew York, Odair Assad of the Assad Duo, and Scott Tennant of the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet. He currently resides in West Hartford, working as a private music instructor while seeking out local coffee shops and used bookstores.
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Kevin Wyman is a multi-instrumentalist, who has proven himself as an entertaining performer and a devoted educator. His versatility on a collection of instruments – including bass, acoustic & electric guitar, piano, drums and banjo – has taught Kevin that one does not teach a student how to play an instrument. Ultimately, you are showing a student how to make music. He specializes in teaching jazz and blues to intermediate and advanced students, but has a love for working with beginners and young children to foster musical growth as well. Kevin earned his Bachelor’s of Music from the University of Massachusetts in Lowell. There, he studied both bass and piano under the direction of countless world-class jazz and classical musicians. Through his excellent education in jazz music, Kevin developed a philosophy of teaching music through making music. While memorizing scales may be helpful to a beginner, to grow as a musician, you must make music with others. This idea shapes how Kevin prepares each lesson – the student should be making music with the teacher as soon as possible. Kevin currently lives in Middletown, CT, and is constantly working to better himself as a musician and an educator.