Category Archives: Teaching & Instruction

Grass Seeds Music Academy 2017 – Workshop for Kids

Grass Seeds Music Academy Recital 2016We’re thrilled to once again be teaching the talented kids at MBOTMA’s Grass Seeds Academy!

The weekend-long bluegrass jam camp takes place during the annual MBOTMA Winter Bluegrass Weekend, March 3-5 at the Crowne Plaza Minneapolis West in Plymouth, MN.

Grass Seeds is workshop for musicians ages 8-18, of all skill levels, who play Acoustic Guitar, Banjo, Bass, Dobro, Fiddle/Violin or Mandolin and are interested in learning to play bluegrass in a fun and relaxed setting!

The High 48s Teaching Bluegrass at Grass Seeds Music AcademyThe kids will learn all about what it takes to play bluegrass music with others, with sessions covering their individual instruments, lead and harmony vocal singing, arranging songs and even performing in a group around a microphone.

The weekend culminates with a main-stage performance by all of the student bands and we guarantee you will be blown away with how far these kids come in just a few short days.

The program is open to all levels, no bluegrass experience is required, just an instrument and a willingness to learn!

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The Grass Seeds Academy Bluegrass Music Camp

High 48s Teaching MBOTMA Grass Seeds Academy
Marty and Rich working with some young pickers at last year’s Grass Seeds Academy

We’re honored to once again be teaching at the Minnesota Bluegrass and Old-Time Music Association’s Grass Seeds Academy, an intensive three-day music camp for kids ages 8-18 that takes place during the Bluegrass Winter Weekend festival in Plymouth, MN March 4-6.

We always enjoy working with these talented young musicians and are impressed with what they are able to accomplish in just a few days. They arrive as strangers with various acoustic instruments and over the course of the weekend they form bands, arrange songs and end up playing and singing bluegrass on stage in front of a live audience – pretty cool!

If you plan on coming to the festival, make sure to stick around for the Grass Seeds recital at 1PM on the auditorium stage to witness the future of MN bluegrass!

For more information on Grass Seeds click here and for general info about the Winter Bluegrass Weekend click here.

High 48s Band Workshop — Saturday, October 17

MN Fiddlers Assoc. - Bluegrass Band Workshop 2015


The High 48s are partnering up with the Minnesota State Fiddler’s Association for an afternoon band workshop this fall in Brooklyn Center, MN.

The focus of this workshop will be on playing bluegrass with others, either in a jam setting or in a bluegrass band.

This workshop is open to anyone who plays a bluegrass instrument: fiddle, mandolin, banjo, bass and guitar.  We’ll also be giving instruction on harmony singing.

Topics will include arranging songs and vocal harmonies, playing backup, playing solos, building repertoire and writing set lists. We’ll also talk a little about jam etiquette and how to jam at a bluegrass festival or pickin’ party.

We’ll start off working with the individual instruments (fiddle, mandolin, banjo, bass and guitar) in breakout sessions. Then we’ll bring everyone together to practice playing and singing as a band.

We cover a lot of ground in these workshops, but we like to keep the vibe upbeat and fun. Players at all levels of experience are welcome.

The workshop will be followed by a short concert with The High 48s. All workshop participants are welcome to join us onstage for a song or two!


Where: Crossings at Brookwood, 6201 Lilac Drive, Brooklyn Center, Minnesota


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From 57th Ave N and Hwy 100—take 57th Ave N east to Fremonth, north to Lilac Drive. Street parking available. Closest bus stop is Lilac and Dupont (#22 bus).

When: October  17, 2015. The workshop runs from 1pm to 5pm. Concert from 5-5:30pm.

How to register: Registration for Minnesota State Fiddlers Association (MSFA) members is $35 and for non-members $45. If you’re a fiddle player and not currently a member, membership is only $10. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

Checks for registration and membership can be sent to the MSFA, c/o Carla Manning, 1378 – 105th Lane NW, Coon Rapids, MN 55433 OR bring your check to the workshop.