Wintergrass 2012 Teachers Academy

Friday, February 24, 2012

8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Check-In.

8:30 a.m. – 4:15 p.m. Workshop

Workshop attendance earns 8 clock hours for Washington state continuing education requirements!

For questions about the Workshop contact:

• Trisha Tubbs at (206) 915-6766 or email

• Tom Petersen at or 206-546-4865.

The day-long Wintergrass Teacher Training Seminar presents a fun, interesting and innovative way to motivate and teach students! This interactive, “hands-on” seminar will provide educational information on American roots music, share teaching and motivation approaches using music and dance, and provide lesson plans and resources for utilizing bluegrass/Americana music in the classroom. Discover strategies to increase student motivation to learn, provide cultural awareness, promote music appreciation and engage students with different learning abilities and diverse backgrounds.

The course will include sessions on motivational theory and practice in an educational setting, brain research, using bluegrass/Americana music to connect with learners, an overview of bluegrass music history, utilizing bluegrass to meet educational performance standards, case studies for cross-discipline learning, learning to play a song on an instrument (attendees will choose from  banjo, mandolin or guitar), history of clogging including a live demo and interactive clogging instruction, bluegrass vocal harmony structure, interaction with acoustic/bluegrass music students at the Wintergrass Youth Academy, and private live bluegrass/Americana music performances by top national artists.

 Many Thanks to Our Workshop Sponsors and Donors

 Acoustic Sound (Wintergrass)

The Foundation for Bluegrass Music

International Bluegrass Music Association

Wintergrass Youth Academy

Bluegrass Unlimited

Rural Rhythm Records

Good Home Grown Music

McCoury Music

Dusty Strings Acoustic Music Shop

Nechville Musical Products

Ted Brown Music


Wintergrass 2012 Performers-The Anderson Family

The Anderson Family of  Grass Valley, a northern California town steeped in gold rush history.  The Andersons  first attended the California Bluegrass Association Festival at Grass Valley  in 2001, when Daisy was just 8½ weeks old.

At the CBA festival in 2003, Paige and Aimee were inspired by a performance of “Kids on Bluegrass”, the CBA’s popular program for very young pickers.  Shortly after that festival, Paige started taking guitar(Paige plays a 2011 Schenk Custom RD Nashville Flattpicker guitar,Schenk Guitars are a Wintergrass Sponsor) by  lessons so she could play along with Mark(the Dad) , a fledgling banjo picker.  Aimee picked up the fiddle a couple of months after that, starting out on a quarter-size instrument and also taking lessons.

By the 2004 festival, Paige and Aimee were participants in “KOB”, gaining valuable musical and on-stage experience and performing the two tunes the sisters had spent months working out, “Cripple Creek” and “Old Joe Clark”.  As Paige recalls their debut, “When our turn came, we walked out on the stage and played our first song and got a huge response.  Aimee and I looked at each other with really big smiles on our faces”.  It’s fair to say the band was born at that moment.  Christy started playing the upright bass, after a false start on the dobro.  Ethan picked up the mandolin, enthralled by the picking of Bill Monroe.  Daisy started out fiddling on the quarter-size fiddle Aimee had outgrown, displaying an unerring sense of rhythm at a very young age.  The family started playing in public early in 2005 and it’s been full speed ahead since then.

In June 2008, the Anderson Family won the Best Bluegrass Band award at the Northern California Artistic Achievement Awards (“The Grassies”) in Nevada City, California.

The D’Addario Foundation & Wintergrass 2012

The Wintergrass Youth Academy has been given both a grant and donation from the D’Addario Foundation and D’Addario and Company.  The D’Addario Music Foundation is a non-profit organization committed to inspiring and assisting the growth and appreciation of music throughout the world by partnering with passionate music educators. Through the generous support of D’Addario and Company, the D’Addario Music Foundation awards grants and product donations to educational programs that offer sustained opportunities for active participation in music making particularly to those that might not otherwise have the opportunity.  This foundation is the perfect match with The Wintergrass Youth Academy’s goals. Take a look around their website, and Facebook profiles to see the great work they are doing within the music community. For more info on the Wintergrass Youth Academy here is the link
Wintergrass sends its thanks to D’Addario and let them know when you visit them and make a purchase from them that you appreciate their support.

The Sallal Grange & Wintergrass 2012 Scholarships for the Snoqualmie Valley

The Sallal Grange in North Bend, Washington will be giving two Wintergrass scholarships this year!!!

 1.     Teacher Workshop Scholarship plus weekend pass to Wintergrass (Value:  $175):  To be awarded to a deserving teacher or homeschooler who lives or teaches in the Snoqualmie Valley (defined as including Snoqualmie Pass, North Bend, Snoqualmie, Preston, Fall City, and Carnation areas). Applicants could also be a curriculum specialist, college professor teaching education or music, a college student studying education or a librarian.

2.     Wintergrass Youth Academy Scholarship plus weekend pass to Wintergrass (Value:  $120):  To be awarded to a deserving student in the 4th to 8th grades who lives in the Snoqualmie Valley (defined as including Snoqualmie Pass, North Bend, Snoqualmie, Preston, Fall City, and Carnation areas).

 Applicants must submit a short essay (no more than one page) on why they should be awarded the scholarship and how they will use this Wintergrass experience to benefit their students and/or the Snoqualmie Valley. They also need to include their name, address, phone, mobile phone, email and pertinent information (e.g. their position, where they teach, their background, etc.).  Although not required, a letter(s) of recommendation would be advisable.

Applications are to be sent to the Sallal Grange & Community Hall, PO Box 1688, North Bend, WA 98045 or emailed to The application deadline is January 31, 2012.

The Sallal Grange & Community Hall recently celebrated eighty years of being a local resource and cornerstone for community fellowship and service. The Grange does various activities to benefit the community and local non-profit organizations such as the Mt. Si Food Bank in North Bend, the Mt. Si Community Center and the student/teacher music education, growth and learning.  The Grange also hosts a well-regarded open mic the first Friday of every month, with a communal potluck beforehand, and various concerts throughout the year. More information about the Sallal Grange & Community Hall is available on the web at: .