49th Walnut Valley Festival

September 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 2021

National Flat-Picking Championships
Winfield, KS

All tickets previously sold for WVF 49 will be valid for entry in September 2021. Tickets are also currently available for purchase.

September 15-19, 2021

National Flat-Picking Championships
Winfield, KS

All tickets previously sold for WVF 49 will be valid for entry in September 2021. Tickets are also currently available for purchase.

2021 Spring YOUTH & FAMILIES Workshops

Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer - Family Sing-Along #1 (All Instruments)

Saturday, March 20, 2021 - Noon to 1:00pm CDT

Join GRAMMY winners Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer for a family sing-along. We will provide a PDF songbook with lyrics and chords so you can sing, play, dance and bring on the fun. All instruments welcome!

Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer - Family Sing-Along #2 (All Instruments)

Sunday, March 21, 2021 - 3pm to 4pm CDT

Join GRAMMY winners Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer for a family sing-along. We will provide a PDF songbook with lyrics and chords so you can sing, play, dance and bring on the fun. All instruments Welcome!

Erin Mae Lewis - Kids Silly Songs and Songwriting

Saturday, March 20, 2021 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm CDT

Erin Mae will lead you in singing a bunch of silly folk songs, then invite the kids to help write their own verses for songs like “Skip to My Lou” and “You Are My Sunshine”. Recommended for K-4th grade. 

Only one registration per household required — I’m happy for a family with multiple kids to join as one unit!

Limit 15 Participants

Erin Mae Lewis - Kids Mountain Dulcimer

Saturday, March 20, 2021 - 4pm to 5pm CDT

This is an introductory class for young people who are interested in learning the mountain dulcimer. We’ll cover how to hold the pick, how to strum, how to use a noter or fingers to fret the melody string, and how to play 3 chords. Recommended for age 7 +. DAD or DAA tuning

Limit 15 Participants

Erin Mae Lewis - Kids Jam (All Instruments Welcome)

Sunday, March 21, 2021 - 3pm to 4pm CDT

Erin Mae will help kids play together in this interactive session. We can’t hear each other all at once on Zoom, but we can take turns playing and play along with each other. Erin Mae will make sure everyone knows what chords to use, and when to change, so even beginners will be able to join in. All instruments and ages are welcome. You must be able to play G, C, D, and A chords.

Only One Registration per household—I am happy for all in a household to participate!

Limit 15 Participants

Marcy Marxer- Ukulele for Kids & Families #1

Saturday, March 20, 2021 - 9am to 10am CDT

Irrisistably fun songs to add to your family’s repertoire.  Simple 2-3 chord songs that will get you playing together.  Lyrics, chord charts, lessons and play along to guarantee that your family has musical fun together.

Marcy Marxer - Ukelele for Kids & Families #2

Sunday, March 21, 2021 - 9am to 10am CDT

Round 2 with different songs! Irresistibly fun songs to add to your family’s repertoire.  Simple 2-3 chord songs that will get you playing together.  Lyrics, chord charts, lessons and play along to guarantee that your family has musical fun together.

Andy May- Young Folks Beginner Mandolin (ages 8 thru 14)

Saturday March 20, 2021 - 9am to 10am CDT

Grab your mandolin out of the closet or from under the bed (where you hid it!) and Zoom into this fun online workshop. Andy will demystify flat-picking techniques to help you improve your playing and performance skills and increase your confidence. He will give you a foundation that will help you bypass roadblocks that many beginners encounter and enable you to build on what you’ve learned once the workshop is over. And, he will arm you with common-sense practice techniques to help you achieve your goals.

In this class, Andy will show you how to:

  1.  Avoid common pitfalls and problems
  2. Improve your timing
  3. accompany yourself
  4. Interact with others musically
  5. Play back-up and lead
  6. Read basic tablature
  7. Move forward and expand on the basics.

Andy will provide and go over reference worksheets that he has created himself for his beginning students, including:

  1. Basic chord charts with useful positions
  2. Flat-picking techniques
  3. Common-sense fingering excercises
  4. Several fun and accessible songs

To put all this in context, Andy will give an overview of a variety of popular and foundational styles, (including folk, bluegrass, blues, old-time, country, and rock-and-roll) so that you understand the technical, historical, and cultural aspects of these styles.

Bring your questions and a smile!

About Andy: http://andymay.com/wp-content/uploads/Andy-May-Educator-One-Sheet.pdf 

Andy May - Young Folks Beginner Guitar (ages 8 thru 14)

Saturday March 20, 2021 - 11am to Noon CDT

Grab your guitar out of the closet or from under the bed (where you hid it!) and Zoom into this fun online workshop. Andy will demystify flat-picking and finger-picking techniques to help you improve your playing and performance skills and increase your confidence. He will give you a foundation that will help you bypass roadblocks that many beginners encounter and enable you to build on what you’ve learned once the workshop is over. And, he will arm you with common-sense practice techniques to help you achieve your goals.

In this class, Andy will show you how to:

  1. Avoid Common pitfalls and problems
  2. Improve your timing
  3. Accompany yourself
  4. Interact with others musically
  5. Play back-up and lead
  6. Read basic tablature
  7. Move forward and expand on the basics.

Andy will provide and go over reference worksheets that he has created himself for his beginning students, including:

  1. Basic chord charts with useful positions
  2. Flat-picking techniques
  3. Finger-picking techniques
  4. Common-sense fingering excercises for both hands
  5. Several fun and accessible songs

To put all this in context, Andy will give an overview of a variety of popular and foundational styles, (including folk, bluegrass, blues, old-time, country, and rock-and-roll) so that you understand the technical, historical, and cultural aspects of these styles.

Bring your questions and a smile!

About Andy:  http://andymay.com/wp-content/uploads/Andy-May-Educator-One-Sheet.pdf   

Andy May- Young Folks Beginner Mandolin (ages 8 thru 14)

Sunday March 21, 2021 - 9am to 10am CDT

Grab your mandolin out of the closet or from under the bed (where you hid it!) and Zoom into this fun online workshop. Andy will demystify flat-picking techniques to help you improve your playing and performance skills and increase your confidence. He will give you a foundation that will help you bypass roadblocks that many beginners encounter and enable you to build on what you’ve learned once the workshop is over. And, he will arm you with common-sense practice techniques to help you achieve your goals.

In this class, Andy will show you how to:

  1.  Avoid common pitfalls and problems
  2. Improve your timing
  3. accompany yourself
  4. Interact with others musically
  5. Play back-up and lead
  6. Read basic tablature
  7. Move forward and expand on the basics.

Andy will provide and go over reference worksheets that he has created himself for his beginning students, including:

  1. Basic chord charts with useful positions
  2. Flat-picking techniques
  3. Common-sense fingering excercises
  4. Several fun and accessible songs

To put all this in context, Andy will give an overview of a variety of popular and foundational styles, (including folk, bluegrass, blues, old-time, country, and rock-and-roll) so that you understand the technical, historical, and cultural aspects of these styles.

Bring your questions and a smile!

About Andy: http://andymay.com/wp-content/uploads/Andy-May-Educator-One-Sheet.pdf 

Andy May - Young Folks Beginner Guitar (ages 8 thru 14)

Sunday March 21, 2021 - 11am to Noon CDT

Grab your guitar out of the closet or from under the bed (where you hid it!) and Zoom into this fun online workshop. Andy will demystify flat-picking and finger-picking techniques to help you improve your playing and performance skills and increase your confidence. He will give you a foundation that will help you bypass roadblocks that many beginners encounter and enable you to build on what you’ve learned once the workshop is over. And, he will arm you with common-sense practice techniques to help you achieve your goals.

In this class, Andy will show you how to:

  1. Avoid Common pitfalls and problems
  2. Improve your timing
  3. Accompany yourself
  4. Interact with others musically
  5. Play back-up and lead
  6. Read basic tablature
  7. Move forward and expand on the basics.

Andy will provide and go over reference worksheets that he has created himself for his beginning students, including:

  1. Basic chord charts with useful positions
  2. Flat-picking techniques
  3. Finger-picking techniques
  4. Common-sense fingering excercises for both hands
  5. Several fun and accessible songs

To put all this in context, Andy will give an overview of a variety of popular and foundational styles, (including folk, bluegrass, blues, old-time, country, and rock-and-roll) so that you understand the technical, historical, and cultural aspects of these styles.

Bring your questions and a smile!

About Andy:  http://andymay.com/wp-content/uploads/Andy-May-Educator-One-Sheet.pdf   

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