The Kerrville Folk Festival Foundation presents

2018 Schools, Classes & Workshops

We offer guests the opportunity to hone their musical skills and learn new ones by providing a variety of learning opportunities. Click on each of the schools and workshops below to learn more about them, including the all-star lineup of professional musicians teaching the courses.

All schools include admission to the festival for class day(s). The teachers' professional development classes are included in the price of your festival admission ticket.


Songwriter's School

4-day Workshop, May 28 - 31, 2018

2018 Faculty - Steve Seskin, Mary Gauthier, Ray Chesna, Siobhan Quinn, Michael Bowers, and more...

The folk festival has hosted our songwriter school for 25 years, held in the Kennedy Outdoor Theater so that there's plenty of room for break-out sessions. The intimate setting of the ranch on weekdays, the quality of the faculty and the synergy of creative collaboration have given the Quiet Valley a solid reputation for helping writers move up to the next level. Experienced songwriter performers mix with lawyers who really want to be songsmiths. Classes are limited to 60 to maximize the opportunities for each student to get feedback and coaching on their work. 
Pre-paid reservations are required.  If you pay prior to April 1, the price is $420. Admission goes up to $450 after that. Your registration fee includes the class, a special Kerrville Songwriter School t-shirt, tent camping, lunches, and admission to the Sundown Concerts for class days.  (workshop fees are subject to a 3.25% convenience fee + a ticket system service charge)


Guitar Classes (first mid-week)

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Quick and Dirty Guitar Start Up (for beginners) - $59

Monday, May 28, 2018 / 10 a.m. - noon

Making Friends with Barre Chords - $59

Tuesday, May 29, 2018 / 10 a.m. - noon

"I'M WITH THE BAND": Learn to JAM! - $110 (includes lunch)

Thursday, May 31, 2017 / 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. with an open mic afterward

These three classes will be conducted by Master Teacher, Innovative Performer and Accomplished Guitarist Janet Feld. These classes are for players of all skill levels and are geared toward giving you the tools to play more confidently around the campgrounds. Whether you are a beginner or a have been playing for years there is something for you to learn from Janet's classes. 

Registration to any of these three classess include festival access for class days. (prices listed are subject to a 3.25% convenience fee + a ticket system service charge)

 

Ukulele Workshop

 
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3-day Workshop, June 4 - June 6, 2018

2018 Faculty - Kevin Carroll, Cynthia Kinnunen, and Bob Guz

During this 3-day course, small group sessions will cover the basics to the fine points and will allow students time with each faculty member.  The workshop will be held in the Threadgill Theater (in the Quiet Valley Ranch campgrounds) Monday, June 4th thru Wednesday June 6th, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day.

Players of all levels are welcome. Please bring your Ukelele/accessories, a notebook and a portable recording device (if you have one).

Pre-paid reservations are required.  If you pay prior to April 1, the price is just $245. Admission goes up to $275 after that. Your registration fee includes the class, a special Kerrville Ukelele Workshop t-shirt, tent camping, lunches, and admission to the Sundown Concerts for class days.  (workshop fees are subject to a 3.25% convenience fee + a ticketing system service charge)

 

Harmonica Workshop

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3-day Workshop, June 4 - June 6, 2018

2018 Faculty - Rob Roy Parnell, Joe Filisko, Eric Noden

Kerrville attracts very talented harmonica players. The harmonica workshop takes players from intermediate to veteran with special attention given to learning how to accompany other musicians. Also a 3-day program.

Pre-paid reservations are required.  If you pay prior to May 10, the price is just $245. Admission goes up to $275 after that. Your registration fee includes the class, a special Kerrville Harmonica Workshop t-shirt, tent camping, lunches, and admission to the Sundown Concerts for class days. (workshop fees listed are subject to a 3.25% convenience fee + a ticketing system service charge)


Professional Development Program for Teachers

Thursday, June 7 - Friday, June 8

This annual program gives teachers the opportunity to connect with a large pool of talented songwriters and educators and learn their skills in music instruction.  Topics such as how to use the voice to earn a living, proper voice & breathing techniques, programs to help end teasing & bullying in the schools, and hands-on classes led by songwriters and music educators on topics related to teaching songwriting to students, developing student writing and artistic skills, and personal creative development have been provided.

After classes teachers can enjoy round-the-clock music and relaxing in the hills. There is no additional charges for attending these workshops, although a festival wristband is REQUIRED to be on the ranch. Classes are accredited by the State Board for Educator Certification.