Classes & Extras

All participants can choose instruction from mandolin, upright bass, guitar, singing, banjo and fiddle.  Participants are not assigned to one particular tract, but choose the curriculum they want to pursue.  Classes are rated roughly Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced and ALL.Please note-banjo and fiddle classes will be the intermediate level and above.

Participants will be able to choose from 99 classes, attend all special presentations and lectures. Classes lasts an hour and fifteen minutes and are held at the same time each day with a break between classes.  (See tentative schedule below).


If a class isn’t exactly what you’re looking for, you may change and go to a different one. Just please pack up and leave quietly, so as to not disturb the other players.

[Please Note: Banjo and Fiddle Tracks/Classes are for intermediate level or higher.]

You may take any class you choose from whomever you like. Each instructor leads 3 individual classes per day.

Class size depends on the instructor and subject matter. Subject matter changes from class to class, but instructors will remain in their assigned room for teaching.

Each participant will receive a “CAMP MANUAL”, an incredible resource guide, which will have all instructors handouts and class materials pre-printed, class schedules and descriptions, and additional resource materials. We provide a variety of modalities for learning, as each student learns differently. Our goal is to be able to reach every participant via their preferred way of learning (whether through reading regular notation, tablature, charts, learning aurally or through visual examples.)

Re: Recording classes: Please ask instructors if you can record classes, so you can revisit that information after camp is over. Please just ask their permission first.

Sign up for an individual one-on-one tutorial with your favorite instructor!!! These are short 15-20 minute private instructional periods scheduled on Thursday and Friday afternoons. Sign up is first-come first served, and all students are requested to sign up for only one spot total (not per day).

Our roving camp adjunct instructor will be available throughout the day to answer any questions and work with you individually or to review concepts needing a little extra attention.

Some additional great options include: Opening Night Square Dance on Wednesday, AM and PM Yoga Stretch classes, varied Special Presentations, a Luthier Diagnosis Center, Instructor-led organized jams, and fireside Coffee Chats with special guests.  All these added bonuses are included with your registration!

There will be an organized slow jam every day for you to work on learning tunes, perfecting those breaks, and interacting with other players in a supportive and fun atmosphere. In additional to Bill Monroe’s music, music from other artists as well as standards and traditional ‘country’ folk music may also be played.

Typical Daily Schedule 2019

Tentative—Subject to Change.

Wednesday 9/18

12:00 pm Students check-in/register starts in Shackford Hall
4:00 pm Lodging check-in (Bethea Welcome Center)
5:00 -7:00 Square Dance w/caller (Shackford Hall Auditorium)
7:00 Welcome Pizza Party and Jam (Shackford Hall Aud.)

Thursday, Friday, Saturday* (9/19, 9/20, 9/21)

7:00 – 8:00 Yoga daily and/or additional Special Presentations
8:00 – 9:00 Breakfast
9:00 – 9:30 Break / Free Time
9:30–10:45 Class 1
10:45–11:15 Break / Free Time
11:15–12:30 Class 2
12:30–1:45 Lunch
1:45–2:00 Break / Free Time
2:00–3:15 Class 3
3:15-3:30 Break / Free Time
3:30–5:00 or 5:30 Special Presentation
5:00–6:30 Individual Tutorials (Sign up first day)
5:00–6:30 Additional Presentations / Nap / Free Time / Jams
6:30–7:30 Dinner
7:45–9:15 Organized jams with Instructors (Thursday and Friday only)

*Saturday Only:

6:00–7:00pm Dinner (Saturday only)
8:00 pm 2019 MMC Benefit Instructor Concert (Saturday only)
9:30pm Open Jams (Saturday only)

Sunday (9/22)

7:00–8:00 Yoga and/or other Special Presentations
8:00–9:00 Breakfast
9:00–9:15 Break / Free Time
9:30 – 10:45 Class 1
10:45 – 11:15 Break / Check out time by 11:00 am
11:15–12:30 Class 2
12:30 MonManCamp 2019 ends