`<img alt="Variety of instruments in a decorative photo"`>

If you'd like to be added to this page, please complete this form.

Karen Mueller

Contact: Muellerka@hotmail.com

Lessons available for: Guitar, Mandolin, Autoharp, Dulcimer, Ukulele

Available for lessons: 7 days a week

Available through: Zoom, Skype, Google Duo & Facetime 

Karen Muellers Website 

National and international touring performer and workshop leader with over 30 years of dedicated private lesson experience, teaching mandolin, guitar, autoharp, mountain dulcimer, and ukulele. Learn from tab, note reading and by ear in a wide range of styles, especially old-time, Americana, folk and Celtic. Past appearances include MBOTMA festivals, the Walnut Valley Festival (Winfield), Sore Fingers Week (England), the Augusta Heritage Center (West Virginia), Swannanoa Gathering (North Carolina). Instructor locally at Homestead Pickin' Parlor, West Bank School of Music, and Chanson Music Academy. My approach is to help you achieve your musical goals with direct 1:1 coaching that gives you the feedback and direction that you can't get from just watching videos. 

Offbeats Violin

Contact: Email: Info@offbeatsviolin.com  Phone: 715-579-3016

Lessons available for: Fiddle, Guitar, Mandolin, Banjo

Available for lessons: Monday - Friday

Available through: Skype & Facetime 

Offbeats Violins Website 

Offbeats Violin has GREAT teachers for

lessons in: violin/fiddle, banjo, mandolin, guitar.

We can help you get ready to join the jams!

Anthony Ihrig

Contact: Email: Anthonyihrig@gmail.com   

Phone: 612-889-5878

Lessons available for: Banjo

Available for lessons: Monday - Friday

Available through: Zoom, Skype & Google Duo

I enjoy teaching the 5-string banjo in a variety of styles from bluegrass to rock and roll, from beginner to advanced students. I play with the band The High 48s and have taught banjo workshops at the MBOTMA August Festival, Blue Ox Music Festival, International Music Camp, Missouri River Bluegrass Festival and more. I've been teaching private lessons for over a decade and love to teach and help students unlock their creative potential.

Sheri Peterson

Contact: Email: Sherigirl18@gmail.com

Lessons available for: Fiddle, Guitar, Mandolin, Bass, Beg upright bass and guitar, any level; Violin, Viola, Cello 

Available for lessons: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday

Available through: Zoom & Facetime

Refusing to give up her eclectic genre mix, Sheri has played old time and bluegrass for many years, and performed bluegrass, folk, old time , classic rock , gospel, classic country, and even a little jazz. She has played weddings, civic theatres, park concerts, music festivals in three states . Sheri has B. A. In music Education, as well as thirty years symphony playing and teaching. Offer Zoom and FaceTime, and studio lessons.

Mark Kreitzer

Contact: Email: mark@markkreitzer.com

Lessons available for: Fiddle, Guitar, Mandolin, Banjo, Dobro, Bass, Ukulele, Accordion (Beginner), Mandola, Mando-cello

Available for lessons: Monday, Friday , Saturday

Available through: Zoom 


I've been teaching professionally since 1970, at Carleton College since 2007, am a member of the O'Gorman High School Hall of Fame for achievements in the Arts, and the Minnesota Rock and Country Hall of Fame, as well as Favorite Songwriter *and* Favorite Multi-instrumentalist of MBOTMA. I play/teach bluegrass, folk, swing, gypsy jazz and blues/rockabilly. Guitar (6 and tenor), mandolin, banjo (bluegrass, clawhammer, tenor), fiddle, ukulele, mandola, mando-cello, bass and beginning accordion.

Mark Clawhammer

Contact: Emailminnesotafiddle@yahoo.com

Phone: (469) 877-8859

Lessons available for: Banjo

Available for lessons: Everyday

Available through: Zoom, Skype & Facetime

I am a long-time participant in the Twin Cities old-time community. I have been playing clawhammer banjo for a couple decades. I am particularly interested in driving old-time string band music. I have had all levels of students from 8 years old to 80. I like getting beginners started on the right foot and improving repertoire of intermediate students.

Aj Srubas

Contact: Email: ajsrubas@gmail.com

Lessons available for: Fiddle

Available for lessons: Everyday

Available through: Skype

I have been playing a variety of fiddle styles for over 20 years and have been teaching both at camps and festivals as well as private lessons for over ten years. Whether you just got a fiddle and want to start from scratch or have been playing for some years and want to get to the next level, I can help. I can teach old time, bluegrass and Cajun styles as well as work on fundamental technique and basic music theory.

Tom Draughon


Email: tom@heartistry.com

Phone: 715-682-9362

Lessons available for: Fiddle, Guitar, Mandolin, Banjo, Mountain Dulcimer, Harmony, Singing 

Available for lessons: Everyday

Available through: Zoom, Skype, Google Duo, Facetime 

Tom Draughon Website

My name is Tom Draughon. I have been teaching stringed instruments at Northland College, Ashland, WI since 1993. I founded and facilitate the Bluegrass Camp for Kids at Lake Superior Big Top Chautauqua, and I am a cast member in House Shows there. I have been teaching people to play musical instruments since I was in high school in the 1970s. I started playing bluegrass in about 1972. My current bluegrass band is TrueGrass Trio. 

Jim Plattes

Contact: Email: james@wildgypsy.com

Phone: 612-616-4343

Lessons available for: Fiddle, Mandolin, Harmonica

Days Available: Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday

Available Through: Zoom, Skype, In Person

Jim Plattes taught at the West Bank School of music for 35 years. He taught at Homestead Pickin' Parlor and Groth Music for 25 years. He's currently taking private students. He teaches fiddle, harmonica and mandolin.

Minnesota Bluegrass & Old-Time Music Association

P.O. Box 16408, Minneapolis, MN 55416

Become A Member

Our Mission: To preserve and promote bluegrass and old-time stringband music in and around the state of Minnesota.
MBOTMA is a 501(c)(3) Nonprofit Organization. EIN: 36-3336499

Powered by Wild Apricot Membership Software