The Pemi Valley Kid's Academy is a free 3-day learning program for festival attendees with a valid wrist band held Thursday through Saturday at the Pemi Valley Bluegrass Festival. The goal of the program is to teach children (age 8-17) to play, sing and perform bluegrass music with a key component of learning how to play by ear. The curriculum consists of sectional instruction with their assigned instrumental teacher (fiddle, guitar, banjo, upright bass, mandolin, dobro) and ensemble practices with the whole group to practice arrangements and harmony singing. The program's grand finale is a performance Saturday evening on the Main Stage.
For Kids and lead by Kids. This year, Audrey Smith on fiddle and Shelby Smith on fiddle, banjo and dobro will be assisting in picking out the tunes as well as leading the group in the performance. Audrey & Shelby are experienced players who play in orchestras, in their band Tangled Strings, the NH Fiddle Ensemble, at square dances and with their family group, as well as busking in Portsmouth & Dover, NH.
Adult guidance is provided by experienced music teacher Ellen Carlson. Ellen has been teaching at Kid's Academy's at different festivals for more than 10 years. She teaches at Grey Fox and Joe Val and has also taught at Strawberry Park. Currently, she co-runs the Fiddleheads Acoustic Music Camp, leads the New Hampshire Fiddle Ensemble (a ensemble focused on learning and performing fiddle music of various styles in the traditional way), plays with High Range and other groups, and has taken her Masters of Education from the classroom to private fiddle lessons and school programs that bring fiddling and music from the 1800's into schools. She will be joined by other top-notch musicians.
To register for the Kid's Academy, please download and fill out sign up form and return to Pemi Valley Productions.
Other Planned Activities
Details to follow!