Ben Proctor

Musician and Teacher

Bluegrass Bands AT the Kanack School Of Music 


American folk string ensembles and lessons at the Kanack School of Music in the town of Brighton, NY under the direction of Ben Proctor. These ensembles are a great opportunity to learn new songs and perform music with a group at a higher level. To sign up, please contact the Kanack School of Music at kanackschool@gmail.com.

String Jam

Tuesdays, 6:00PM-6:45PM
     For younger children
     $100/quarter for class only, or included with full Kanack tuition
Learn the basics of playing music with others, improvisation, and accompaniment in an American-style session. This class is for children with basic skills on their instrument. The repertoire consists of classic American folk, bluegrass and fiddle tunes. Students have the opportunity to play simple or more complex parts, learn by ear, and take solos. Students perform a "gig" at the end of each semester in the community. Please contact for more information.

YOUTH BLUEGRASS BAND

Tuesdays, 6:45PM-7:30PM
     For mature children and teenagers
     $100/quarter for class only, or included with full Kanack tuition
For students who can learn more complex songs by ear. We learn style, improvisation techniques, harmonization, soloing, backup playing, and bluegrass jam etiquette. The repertoire consists of classic American folk, bluegrass and fiddle tunes. Students have the opportunity to play simple or more complex parts, learn by ear, and take solos. Students perform a "gig" at the end of each semester in the community. Please contact for more information.

Stringband

Tuesdays, 7:30-8:30
     For Intermediate level adults
     $100/quarter for class only, or included with full Kanack tuition
We learn bluegrass songs by ear, soloing techniques, backup playing, and arrange songs for performance. The teacher leads part of the session, then the band practices independently. Students have an active role in picking songs and creating arrangements. Students perform a "gig" at the end of each semester in the community. Please contact for more information.

Bluegrass Bands

Tuesdays, 8:00-9:30PM
     Advanced adult students and mature teenagers
     $100/quarter for class only, or included with full Kanack tuition
For adults and mature teenagers with established skill on their instruments. We learn bluegrass songs by ear, play at faster tempos, arrange songs, improvise over chord changes, and learn some practical music theory. Only part of each class is lead by the teacher; students independently rehearse themselves and sometimes meet outside of class time to jam.Students are divided into smaller performance groups of similar playing level. They have input into song selection, arrangement and performance opportunities. Please contact for more information.

Above and below are examples of student Bluegrass Band performances.