When asked why he loves to teach, Brian replies:
"I love sharing my passion with folks who are just as passionate. It's about bringing joy to people."
Brian offers Banjo, Fiddle, Guitar, Mandolin, Ukulele, and even Mountain Dulcimer lessons to students of all ages and skill levels. He teaches privately and in classroom settings, as well as online. As a youth, Brian studied his instruments directly from Bluegrass and Old-Time masters Bill Keith, Reed Martin, Mike Munford & Clyde Davenport and passes their wisdom on to his students. Let Brian teach you some tunes, sign-up today!
Brian is well versed in both Bluegrass (3-Finger/Scruggs) and Old-Time (Clawhammer & 2-Finger) styles of playing Banjo and is quite the source for Old-Time Southern Appalachian tunes on the Fiddle. He has also been playing Guitar and Mandolin all his life. An award-winning performer, taught by his parents, and then directly from highly regarded banjo players and fiddlers throughout the South, Brian's connection to the music is certainly one of tradition.
A musician with more than 25 years of experience in performing and more than 15 years experience in teaching, he has all the qualifications to effectively instruct. His teaching style is based on the way he learned to play, which emphasizes the understanding of the 6 T's: Tuning, Timing, Tone, Taste, Technique & TAB. He suggests learning to play by critical listening, developing a musical ear, and practicing his methods as instructed. He believes in passing the music down.
Brian teaches at his home studio; classrooms, festivals, and camps throughout the world; and online. He is booking workshops for the upcoming 2019/20 seasons. He has been a cultural ambassador in the countries of China, India, United Kingdom, Ireland, Bulgaria, Germany, Czech Republic, Austria, Holland, and Latvia as an official American Banjo and Fiddle Representative for cultural exchange.
To find information about his sensory musical program for all ages and skill levels, go to this link:
"I wasn't able to figure out how to play properly until I got with
Brian and he gave me the keys to unlock the secrets."
-- Dave, Winchester, VA
"I used to waste my money and time trying to learn to play from lesson videos
online. Thanks to Brian's approach, I am playing in a band and getting gigs!"
-- Sue, Nome, AK
"Now, if you are looking to learn Southern
music from a real Southern musician, Brian is your person."
-- Jack, Magee, MS
BRIAN'S FORMAL MUSICAL EDUCATION:
Maryland Boy Choir
UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND – College Park, MD
The Peabody Institute
Children’s Choir and Chamber Singer
JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY – Baltimore, MD
Common Ground on the Hill
Bluegrass Banjo Student of Bill Keith
Old-Time Banjo Student of Reed Martin
WESTERN MARYLAND COLLEGE – Westminster, MD