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A non-profit music community offering individual lessons, community jams, and house concerts.

Our Mission

"To teach, promote, and support the advancement of all forms of American roots music and its influences, and to pass on the grand tradition of American based music to future generations."

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   NEWS AROUND THE HOUSE

   NEWS AROUND THE HOUSE

Hey, we've added some great new teachers on staff!!! Have you been thinking about lessons?

Just joining us are:

  • Alex Mercedes teaching piano

  • Jenn Thomas teaching cello and Suzuki method

  • Allen Macfarlane  teaching dulcimer

  • Maya Van Nuys teaching violin and fiddle

  • Trey Durkin teaching banjo, mandolin, and guitar

  • Matthew Mulnix teaching ukulele, voice, music production, and guitar

  • Peter Frampton Bassist Stanley Sheldon teaching electric and upright bass

  • Denny MacMillan teaching dobro and pedal steel guitar

  • Dave Shelton teaching bass and jazz improvisation techniques

Welcome our new teachers to the team!


AMA Artist-in-Residence 2017 for FidPick august 26-27

The Americana Music Academy is thrilled to announce that Ellie Grace will appear as AMA's 2017 Artist-in-Residence as a part of the upcoming 37th Annual Fiddling and Picking Championships August 26-27, 2017! Ellie Grace makes a much anticipated homecoming to FidPick, having last performed at FidPick as a child in the Grace Family Band in 1991! Ellie will offer a Vocal Harmony Workshop, Clogging Workshop, and a House Concert at the Americana Music Academy, and will serve as a judge in the Harmony Singing Category at FidPick. We are delighted to welcome Ellie back to Lawrence! For a full schedule of events, visit here . 

Born into a deep musical tradition, Ellie Grace has been a traveling songbird, writer, multi-instrumentalist, and percussive dancer for most of her life. She first took to the stage as a young member of her family band and now tours internationally as a solo artist and a member of several beloved bands (including her sister duo, Leela and Ellie Grace). Ellie has performed at prestigious venues ranging from the Winnipeg Folk Festival to the Lincoln Center in New York City to the Summer Solstice Festival in Los Angeles to the National Women’s Music Festival, to most recently performing with Peter Yarrow and Paul Stookey at the Rubicon Theater in Ventura, CA. Ellie has devoted her life to the art of teaching and is deeply committed to making the art forms that she loves truly accessible to others. In addition to her time on faculty at Smith College and Mount Holyoke College, Ellie has directed schools of folk music and dance in Missouri and North Carolina and has been a master teacher at camps and festivals across the continent for over twenty years. In the culmination of a lifetime of performing and teaching, Ellie earned an MFA in Dance Performance and Choreography from Smith College in May of 2015. She approaches music and dance the same way she approaches life: with an irrepressible spirit, a driving rhythm in her step, and an undying commitment to using the performing arts to build community and lift others up. To learn more about Ellie Grace, visit www.elliegracearts.com .

Born into a deep musical tradition, Ellie Grace has been a traveling songbird, writer, multi-instrumentalist, and percussive dancer for most of her life. She first took to the stage as a young member of her family band and now tours internationally as a solo artist and a member of several beloved bands (including her sister duo, Leela and Ellie Grace). Ellie has performed at prestigious venues ranging from the Winnipeg Folk Festival to the Lincoln Center in New York City to the Summer Solstice Festival in Los Angeles to the National Women’s Music Festival, to most recently performing with Peter Yarrow and Paul Stookey at the Rubicon Theater in Ventura, CA. Ellie has devoted her life to the art of teaching and is deeply committed to making the art forms that she loves truly accessible to others. In addition to her time on faculty at Smith College and Mount Holyoke College, Ellie has directed schools of folk music and dance in Missouri and North Carolina and has been a master teacher at camps and festivals across the continent for over twenty years. In the culmination of a lifetime of performing and teaching, Ellie earned an MFA in Dance Performance and Choreography from Smith College in May of 2015. She approaches music and dance the same way she approaches life: with an irrepressible spirit, a driving rhythm in her step, and an undying commitment to using the performing arts to build community and lift others up. To learn more about Ellie Grace, visit www.elliegracearts.com .

 

Americana offers individual lessons in:

Piano, acoustic/electric guitar, mandolin, fiddle/violin, ukulele, voice, banjo, mountain dulcimer, bass, harmonica, dobro, songwriting, music theory, music production, music history, jazz improvisation techniques, oboe, cello, percussion, and more!

Community Jams:

Weekly open Saturday jams from 3-5pm., ukulele jam 3rd Mondays at 7pm., fiddle jam and potluck 3rd Sundays at 6:30pm., songwriter's circle 1st Saturdays at 7pm.

We also host community events, concerts, student recitals, workshops and more!


Visit our Events page for more information! To register, email americanamusicacademy@gmail.com .

Americana Music Academy is a 501(c)3 non-profit dedicated to help those at a disadvantage participate in our mission.

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Here are the What Would Woody Do Players singing a version of This Land is Your Land by Woody Guthrie, in November of 2012, at the Americana Music Academy. Edited by David Hakan.

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