in Saline, Michigan: August 6 – August 10, 2012

We empower musicians of all ages to learn new styles and create their own music, all by ear.

World-class faculty provide instruction in multiple traditions (Jazz, Rock, Bluegrass, Pop, Blues, Scottish, Appalachian, Asian, Arabic, etc..), develop improvisational skills, and coach groups in the creation of new music.

Students get the opportunity to perform, improvise, compose, and arrange music by collaborating closely with peers in small ensembles, which receive daily coachings by faculty.


Mike Block2

Mike Block – Multi-genre cellist, composer, educator, and Juilliard graduate who has toured regularly with Yo-Yo Ma, Mark O’Connor, and Darol Anger.

Hanneke Cassel

Hanneke Cassel – U.S. National Scottish Fiddle Champion, and a leading creative voice in Celtic music, The Boston Globe described her as “Exuberant and rhythmic, somehow both wild and innocent.”

Jeremy Kittel 2

Jeremy Kittel – Member of Grammy-winning Turtle Island String Quartet, Jeremy is a virtuoso Jazz improviser and champion folk fiddler. His most recent album, Chasing Sparks, features guests Mike Marshall and Edgar Meyer.

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Kimber Ludiker – Two-time Grand National Fiddle Champion (2009 and 2010), Kimber is a member of the greatest all-girl Bluegrass band ever created, Della Mae, which is rising fast and playing every major festival in the country.

Clay Ross

Clay Ross – Guitarist, vocalist, and composer who is a U.S. Jazz Ambassador – he draws on American and Brazilian styles in a way that Jazz Times Magazine calls “Weird and Wonderful… Unorthodox and Delightful.”