Inspired by Mumford & Sons to play the banjo? Or just love bluegrass, country and/or folk music? Regardless of your age or skill level on the banjo, Eagle Rock Music Studio has you covered.
Though music associated with African Americans for the past several decades now has not prominently featured banjos much at all, it was African Americans who introduced the banjo to America during our colonial period, basing it on existing African instruments with a similar design. The banjo became the signature instrument of African American folk music, receiving prominent placement in the minstrel shows of the 19th century. Unfortunately, recordings of this music do not exist today since sound did not become recordable until the 20th century.
Today, the banjo figures prominently into country, bluegrass and Irish folk music. In fact, since the banjo is featured so rarely in modern pop music, it tends to pleasantly stand out whenever it does appear alongside acoustic guitars. Given that country, bluegrass, and folk music still have thriving scenes even today — and some of these artists, like Mumford & Sons, have recently become major pop acts — the banjo is not going to be an instrument that disappears any time soon. Even comedian Steve Martin has enjoyed a second career as a banjo musician, winning the Grammy for Best Bluegrass Album for his 2009 album The Crow: New Songs for the 5-String Banjo.
Our learning environment is carefully structured and equally supportive, and we believe in the importance of having each one of our students develop his or her own musical voice. We also recognize that students respond to teaching styles differently, and as a result all banjo lessons are private so our instructors can hone in on what methods work best for each student. When our instructor begins working with you, he or she will first assess what your goals (both small and large) are and then create a plan of action for you to move quickly towards achieving them.
Eagle Rock offers two course paths: professional and recreation. Each course path includes similar information and instruction, but aspiring professionals are offered a much more rigorous pace and frequently work towards specific goals. We always have skills, songs, styles and theory for you to work on in accord with your interests.
Eagle Rock Music Studios is located just north of downtown Los Angeles between Glendale and Pasadena. We look forward to seeing you come by. For more information or to set up a lesson, please call us at 323-309-8467.