2018 Workshop Lineup

Feed the World Cafe in Anna Whitten Hall available for food and drinks from 10:00am to 5:00pm

Right Hand Picking and Strumming Technique for Acoustic Guitar Styles

Anna Whitten Hall Room 307

11:00am - 12:00pm

Hometown: Kalamazoo, MI

Website: https://www.facebook.com/matthewborrmusic/

Join Matthew Borr, local musician and educator, for an interactive and introductory workshop for right hand picking and strumming techniques for acoustic guitars. Participants are encouraged to bring their own instruments for a hands-on experience.

Making Special Where Art & Music Meet

Anna Whitten Hall Room 306

11:30am - 12:30pm

Hometown: Chicago, IL

Join Chicago educator and musician Mike Krieglstein for an interactive lecture that explores the connections between art, music, musicians, and society through the ages. What are the roots of music in evolution? Music doesn’t feed or clothe us, but it’s found in virtually every culture around the world. Understanding the social and philosophical history of music can help us find deeper meaning in our own art.

Fingerpicking Guitar: Styles and Approaches with Joel Mabus


Anna Whitten Hall Room 305

12:30pm - 1:30pm

Hometown: originally small town Illinois & now Portage, MI

Website: http://www.joelmabus.com

Beyond the strum, there are many ways to pluck the strings of a guitar with the right hand. In this workshop, we’ll look at simple pattern picking and more complex patterns, Kentucky Thumb Style (aka Merle Travis Style), blues and ragtime picking, chord melody style, and songwriting incorporating the fingerstyle guitar.

Exploring Instruments with Your Kids!


Anna Whitten Hall Room 306

1:00pm - 2:00pm

Hometown: Kalamazoo, MI

Website: http://www.smallsounds.co/

Families will explore music and sound through the use of everyday items, electronic synthesizers, hand drums, and a variety of other instruments. Create rumbling thunderstorms, spaced-out sci-fi sound effects, and much more in this family-friendly, hands-on workshop led by Paul Bauer of Small Sounds. No musical experience required!

Dan Geib's " Bluegrass and Flatpicking Guitar" Workshop


Anna Whitten Hall Room 309

2:00pm - 3:00pm

Hometown: St. Joseph, MI

Website: http://flatpickingtabs.com

In this bluegrass guitar workshop facilitated by Dan Geib of The
Boulevard Billies, participants will learn about using and holding the
pick, hand placement, picking exercises, bluegrass rhythm, scales, licks
and soloing guitar as popularized in bluegrass music. Don’t forget to
check out Dan’s set with The Boulevard Billies on the Anna Whitten Hall
stage at 11:30 a.m.

Basic Mechanics for Resonator Guitar

Anna Whitten Hall Room 306

2:30pm - 3:30pm

Hometown: Kalamazoo, MI

In this workshop, participants will learn about the basic mechanics and tuning techniques for the resonator guitar. Don’t forget to watch Allen play with Mark Sahlgren and the Fragile Egos on the Museum stage at 12:30!

Navigating the String Wall


Anna Whitten Hall Room 308

3:30pm - 4:30pm

Hometown: Kalamazoo, MI

Website: http://www.justmoody.com

How many of you get confused when looking for a set of strings for your guitar/bass/ukulele? Jonathan Moody is here to help you out! This workshop will cover the basics in terms of string materials, gauge, tonality, etc., and how they all fit together. At the end of the workshop, the attendee will be able to look at any string wall, cut through the marketing jargon, and make a decision based on the needs of their instrument.

Expand Your Solo Act: Electronics for Music with Joel Coburn


Anna Whitten Hall Room 307

4:00pm - 5:00pm

Hometown: Portage, MI

Website: http://joelcoburn.com/

In this introductory workshop for the intermediate and advanced player, Joel Coburn will teach participants about the application of harmonizers, samplers, and guitar synths to live or studio recordings. Participants are encouraged to bring their own electric or acoustic guitar for a true hands-on experience.