2018 Instructors

We're excited to announce the beginning of the 2018 Song School faculty. Registration for the 2018 Song School is now open at shop.bluegrass.com or 800-624-2422.

Songwriting Instructors

Mary Gauthier | Bonnie Hayes | Pat Pattison | Shelly Peiken | Steve Poltz | Paul Reisler | Darrell Scott | Steve Seskin

Elective Instructors

"Chicago Mike" Beck | Jill Brzezicki | Terri Delaney | Val Denn | Ellis | Rebecca Folsom | Vance Gilbert | Ali Handal | Dan Harris | Bob Hemenger | JJ Jones | Arthur Lee Land | Korby Lenker | Les Poules A Colin | John Linn | Clare McLeod | Danielle Morales | Bill Nash | Bonnie Paine | Emily Scott Robinson | Rob Roper | Justin Roth | Alan Rowoth | Moira Smiley | Amy Speace | Jayme Stone | Judith Wade | Natalia Zukerman

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Song School finale (photo: Russell Bramlett)

Songwriting Instructors
Mary Gauthier
The Associated Press named Mary Gauthier as one of the best songwriters of her generation. Her songs have been recorded by dozens of artists, including Jimmy Buffett, Blake Shelton, Tim McGraw, and Candi Staton, Amy Helm and Bettye Lavette and Mike Farris, and have also appeared in Film and Television, most recently on the ABC hit show Nashville, HBO's Banshee, and Masterpiece Theater's Case Histories. She was awarded New Artist of the year by The Americana Music Association in 2005, and has released 10 studio albums. [more...] Her current release is Rifles and Rosary Beads co-written with wounded combat veterans over the last four years via SongwritingWith:Soldiers. Her third album, Filth and Fire was named Best Independent CD of the year by the New York Times. Her following 3 records were listed in both the LA Times and NY Times top three releases of the year. Her record Mercy Now was named in the top 5 records of the decade by No Depression magazine.

Mary tours the US, Canada, Europe, Australia and the UK, performing an average of 175 dates a year, and has appeared dozens on NPR radio (US), BBC radio (UK), CBC radio (Canada), and ABC radio (AU). Her short stories have been published in several books and magazines, including the book Amplified, released by Random House. She is a regular performer on the Grand Ole Opry, and currently resides in Nashville, TN. She's often been called a writer's writer, and that thrills her to no end. [less...]
The songs of Bonnie Hayes have always been extraordinary, from "Shelly's Boyfriend", the post-punk badgirl anthem that put her on the map to the authentic passion of "Have A Heart" and "Love Letter," which restored Bonnie Raitt to superstardom with the multi-platinum, multi-Grammy-winning CD Nick of Time. Writing for artists as diverse as Bette Midler, Robert Cray, Adam Ant, David Crosby, Booker T and the MG's, and Cher, Hayes has continued to craft songs one critic described as "sparkling clockwork mechanisms with a tendency [more...] to do the unexpected."

On the new CD, Love In the Ruins, Bonnie infuses her barbed lyrics with her own unmistakable vocal style and adds a new fervor for crunchy guitars and incendiary drumming. The sum is ironic, literary, melodic, tragic, wild, honest, joyful music that also flat out ROCKS. Known for years as a keyboardist (she actually toured as a keyboard player/backing vocalist with such arena acts as Belinda Carlisle and Billy Idol), she turned to writing on guitar to stimulate the creative process. Bonnie's personal reinvention is typical of her uncompromising attitude: "I reject the idea that music has to be either smart or kickass---why not both?"

Famed for her kick-out-the-jams live show, Hayes has also enjoyed success as a recording artist and producer. In 1984, her pop/punk debut Good Clean Fun was released on seminal LA indie Slash Records to critical raves and national college airplay and in 1995, the Hayes-produced CD Steppin' Out by the Gospel Hummingbirds was nominated for a Grammy. Her new CD marks a return to center stage for this exceptional songwriter.

Bonnie Hayes is a popular and experienced teacher with an original slant on writing songs that satisfy both artistic and commercial criteria. She teaches classes in various aspects of songwriting and popular music regularly. Her students have won prizes in the John Lennon songwriting contest, the WCSA songwriting contest, the Soulmaking contest, and others. [less...]
Pat Pattison is an author, clinician and Berklee Professor of Lyric Writing and Poetry whose students have composed for major artists and written number one songs. At Berklee, he developed the curriculum for the only songwriting major in the country. In addition to his four books, Songwriting Without Boundaries, Writing Better Lyrics, The Essential Guide to Lyric Form and Structure, and The Essential Guide to Rhyming, Pat has developed three online lyric writing courses, one on poetry, and one on creative writing available through [more...] Berkleemusic.com. He has filmed a series of lectures and masterclasses, available through Songwork.com and has written over 50 articles for various magazines and blogs.  Pat continues to present songwriting clinics across the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the UK. Several of his students have won Grammys, including John Mayer and Gillian Welch. [less...] Top
Shelly Peiken
Shelly Peiken is a multi-platinum Grammy nominated songwriter who is best known for her #1 hits "What a Girl Wants" and "Come On Over Baby". Shelly earned a Grammy nomination for the song "Bitch" recorded by Meredith Brooks and she has had hundreds of songs placed on albums, and in TV and film. Shelly's book Confessions of a Serial Songwriter lead to a second GRAMMY nomination for Best Spoken Word Album. The memoire chronicles her journey from a young girl falling under the spell of magical songs to writing hits of her own. [more...]

Shelly writes about coming of age, the creative process, the highs and the lows, the conflicts that arise between motherhood and career success, the competition and of course, the lovely people she found along the way. Her Serial Songwriter Facebook page has become a forum for all things songwriting and ideas about navigating a changing music business as a creative person and parent.

Shelly is a music industry mentor, panelist, consultant, guest speaker and a fierce advocate of creators' rights as a founding member of SONA (Songwriters Of North America). [less...]
Steve Poltz
Steve Poltz is obsessed with the challenge of knowing and understanding the thoughts of each and every person in his audience. He is a lover of life; fascinated by all things large and small. As a road-tested troubadour armed with whimsy, curiosity and a healthy respect for the absurdities of existence, he is unafraid of saying yes, unafraid of letting his relentless, giddy energy fill a room and he is unafraid of letting his streams-of-consciousness take him where he needs to go. [more...]

His songs are guileless snapshots filtered through the windshield of his brain. He opens his mouth and lets it fall out – a SONG – and it's as shameless and intriguing and profound and wondrous as he is. A mix of high octane performance, singular wit and endlessly entertaining storytelling, Steve is legendary for his improvisational songwriting and timeless, original classics. Oh, and he's a pretty good guitarist too. [less...]
Paul Reisler
Paul Reisler has written more songs than the Beatles, Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, and Stephen Foster combined—somewhere north of 3,500 compositions. Ok, he has had some serious help from some of his co-writers including a handful of Grammy winning songwriters as well as the over 50,000 children he’s written with in his Kid Pan Alley program. Artists including Sissy Spacek, Raul Malo, Cracker, Corey Harris, Nashville Chamber Orchestra, Jesse Winchester and many others have recorded his songs. Paul has been performing professionally for over 40 years as the leader of Trapezoid, Paul Reisler & A Thousand Questions featuring Howard Levy, and Three Good Reasons.   [more...] During that time, he’s been involved in over 3 dozen recordings as a musician, producer, composer and songwriter.  He’s taught at workshops and songwriting schools including Rocky Mountain Song School, Utah Song School, Swannanoa Gathering, Blue Ridge Songcamp, Augusta Workshop, University to the Pacific, Hollyhock, Berklee College of Music, Folk Alliance, Kerrville, Nashville Songwriters Association, Omega Institute, Moulin a Nef in S. France, Songcamp in the Mountains, Puget Sound Guitar Workshop, and many others.

In addition to all his songs and instrumentals, he wrote the full-length piece Aesop’s Fables for Orchestra and Narrator as well as a new musical entitled Bouncin’ in which he wrote the songs as well as the script. [less...]
Whether its' rock, folk, country or blues, Darrell Scott, the 4-time Grammy nominated Nashville songwriter, has written hits all the way from Brad Paisley and the Dixie Chicks to Del McCoury, Sam Bush and Keb Mo; contributing songs to three of 2016's best albums alone. 'It's not surprising that Scott wrote nine of the 14 songs on his own new album, "Couchville Sessions," and less surprising that he wrote three songs with the like-minded Americana artist Hayes Carll on Carll's magnificent new disc, "Lovers and Leavers,"' in addition to "1000 Things" from Sarah Jarosz's award winning "Build Me Up From Bones" album. [more...]

What's more surprising is that Scott came off of a year and a half of touring in Robert Plant's Band of Joy with a co-write on R&B star Anthony Hamilton's new recording, "Save Me," the opening track on "What I'm Feelin." Over the past two years Darrell has produced, co-written and performed on three songs from Zac Brown's latest project "Heavy Is the Head," in addition to producing Jonathan Edwards latest and Malcolm Holcombe's upcoming 2017 release, "Pretty Little Troubles." But these partnerships all makes sense: Although they hail from different genres, these artists are master craftsmen at fitting words to notes.

Witness his ability to make just about any instrument talk, listen to his vocals and songwriting to hear him contain every emotion between joy and pain within one verse in his singing and in his pen. Nowadays he's taking the outsider role even more seriously; after 23 years in Nashville he spent the last year devoting himself to a self-sufficient lifestyle in the country while simultaneously putting together his best album in years. [less...]
Steve Seskin
Steve Seskin is a songwriter/singer who has written seven number one songs, including Grammy-nominated "Grown Men Don't Cry," recorded by Tim McGraw, and "Don't Laugh at Me," winner of NSAI Song of the Year and Music Row Magazine Song of the Year in 1999 as recorded by Mark Wills. "Don't Laugh at Me" was also recorded by Peter, Paul and Mary and became the impetus for the Operation Respect/Don't Laugh at Me project, a curriculum designed to teach kindness, respect and tolerance in schools. This program has already been implemented in more than 20,000 schools across the country. [more...] Steve now enjoys performing at school assemblies in support of this program. The song is now available as a children's book, Don't Laugh At Me. In 2007, Steve started Kids Write Songs and these days spends 80 days a year in schools writing songs with students. Go to kidswritesongs.org for more info. He has also been very busy writing songs this year with Seth Glier who recorded 3 songs they wrote together on his new record "If I COuld CHange One Thing" as well as the song "This Too Shall Pass" with Sinclair an amazing new pop artist on Drive records. In 2015, he also released "Some Sunsets", his first new recording in ten years. Produced by Julia Sinclair it features her talents on all the instumrnats except percussion which was handled by the legendary Roy Wooten AKA Future Man. [less...] Top
Elective Instructors
"Chicago" Mike Beck
"Chicago" Mike Beck is an ASCAP-award-winning songwriter and recording artist who has been teaching at the SongSchool since 2005. He's been touring full-time in the USA and Europe since 2001 as a solo performer and with his band Chicago Mike's InterGalactic Brother & Sisterhood of Big Eyed Beans. Mike performs several weeks each year at the Bright Angel Lodge on the south rim of the Grand Canyon and has toured Europe over 25 times, performing in Switzerland, The Netherlands, Germany, Italy, France, Ireland, Belgium, Greece, Spain and Luxembourg. [more...] In December 2015, Mike completed his first tour of Asia, performing shows in Japan and Thailand. He has personally brought over 30 musicians on their first overseas tours. His debut CD, released in 2002, has received radio airplay in the USA, Germany, Holland, Denmark, Transylvania, Romania, Macedonia and Japan.

In addition to his performing and recording endeavors, Mike is the founder of Access Film Music, an organization dedicated to helping independent recording artists expose their music to directors, producers and music supervisors working in film, television, videogames and advertising. The 16th annual Access Film Music Showcase will take place during Film Festival Week in Park City, Utah January 17 - 27, 2019. Access Film Music is also the Official Music Partner of the ÉCU Film Festival in Paris, France each Spring, where Access showcase events have helped further their mission to connect music-makers with filmmakers.

Mike has been a featured speaker and mentor at numerous music industry events, including AmericanaFest in Nashville, South-by-Southwest, Folk Alliance International and many other music conferences, and loves empowering and inspiring musicians to pursue their dreams. He enjoys sharing practical ideas, methods and information to help make them real. He's currently at work on a new album, and hopes to have some new recordings available in time for SongSchool. [less...]
Jill Brzezicki
Jill Brzezicki (pronounced Brr-Zit-Ski) is a Colorado based singer/songwriter, educator and live sound audio engineer who released her third full length album Darkness Falls in April, 2018. Jill's magnetic lyrics and guitar style bring you on a musical journey whether you are seeing her live or listening from your living room. Jill attended the Colorado Contemporary Music College in Ft. Collins, CO in 2004 and graduated with a diploma in performance and education. After attending her first Rocky Mountain Song School in 2007 Jill began performing locally and released her debut album Consequence of Truth. [more...] Jill's second release, The Horizon came in September, 2012 which brought regional performances and increased recognition including a slot at the 2013 Seattle Pride Festival. Jill began teaching at the Rocky Mountain Song School in 2015 and enjoys sharing her knowledge of live sound with other performers and songwriters. [less...] Top
Terri Delaney
Terri Delaney
Terri Delaney is a Minneapolis-based social worker turned booking agent turned trauma therapist. What started as a brief consulting gig for a local musician turned into a full-time music career. Terri founded Peppermint Booking Agency in 2000 and she received the National Association of Campus Activities award of "Agent of the Year" in 2005. She then re-focused her career onto trauma therapy and helping people heal using mind-body approaches. She still collaborates with her wife, contemporary folk musician Ellis, co-managing her record company Singing Crow Music. [more...] Terri is a jane-of-all-trades, acting as vocal producer with Ellis in the studio and on-hand co-writer when needed, and teaching classes on time management, work/life balance, and nervous system regulation. Terri is known for her passionate commitment to helping artists reach their full potential and she is available for mentoring sessions during Song School. [less...] Top
Val Denn
The Val Denn Agency was opened in 1994 when Val began booking legendary Texas songwriter, Ray Wylie Hubbard. They had met when she and her husband had opened for Ray. In 1980 Val attended Berklee College of Music in Boston where she studied jazz guitar. While there she met her future husband James. They married in 1982. Val Denn Agency has grown to 10 artists with a concentration on working with singer-songwriters and also working with artists from Atlantic Canada. Val Denn Agency's offices are located in Austin, TX [more...] and her Canada office in picturesque Upper Blandford, Nova Scotia outside of Halifax. Kelley Mickwee joined the agency as the office manager in 2008. in 2009 Val will finish out her 4 years of service on the Board of Directors for the International Folk Alliance where she was Secretary, Vice President and President. Val also plans and partners with other artists to lead coaching and creativity workshops for the enrichment of the creative/artistic process. [less...] Top


There's just something about Ellis. She is at once funny and wise, thoughtful and uninhibited, and her captivating voice is matched by her uplifting lyrics. She has appeared on A Prairie Home Companion four times and has been voted "most-wanted-to-return" performer at festivals including Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, Moab Folk Festival, Kerrville, and Sisters Folk Festival. She has received hundreds of messages from strangers including, "you exude pure joy", "I heard you and fell in love" and "I was stopped in my tracks by your music and captivating laugh" as well as "Yours is a voice we all need to hear." [more...] Ellis is currently working on her tenth album, Ordinary Love, and will be showcasing many of those songs at her annual closing set on the Wildflower Stage the last day of Folks Festival. She is available for mentoring sessions and is interested in helping others to find their mission and artistic voice. [less...] Top
Rebecca Folsom
Rebecca Folsom's music is about liberation. Rebecca's world-class voice traverses a near-four-octave range. KUNC radio describes it as "knock-you-to-your-knees." The Daily Camera describes her music as "shining…with lush harmonies," and Westword Magazine says, "Her songs hit like little earthquakes!" While her range is impressive, it's the expression in her voice that rivets attention. She is a unique artist who brings both a pure vocal quality reminiscent of old Appalachia and a gritty blues prowess. Her voice pours from an inner spring, flowing with lilting tenderness to fully liberated, unbridled release. [more...] Her poetic songs crack open any safely locked away vulnerability, inviting you to embrace life with all of its joy, sorrow, passion, and love.

Dubbed "The Creativity Shaman" Rebecca has been coaching individuals and groups for over 25 years. She offers an effective toolbox of simple and potent, embodiment exercises, both traditional and non traditional. Rebecca inspires whole system transformation. She facilitates waking up potent, streamlined creative flow. Rebecca is a national touring artist with 25 years of experience on the road performing for audiences ranging from 50 to 2 ½ million people. She is also a published author of two books, a fine artist with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and shows her work in galleries.

Rebecca's performances include Opryland, Red Rocks Amphitheater, and BBC Radio and Television. Her songs charted at #1 on the National Folk DJ Charts, #4 on the National Americana charts, and multiple times top 40 on the National Americana/Country charts.

"I help people to break down barriers, to free themselves to live authentically and with confidence that the bulls eye of their dreams is possible and valuable beyond measure." [less...]
Vance Gilbert
Vance Gilbert burst onto the singer/songwriter scene in the early 90's when the buzz spread through the folk clubs of the Northeast about an ex-multicultural arts teacher who was knocking them dead at open mics. Word got out about this Philadelphia-area born and raised performer, and Shawn Colvin invited Gilbert to be a special guest on her 1992 Fat City tour. Gilbert took audiences across North America by storm. "With the voice of an angel, the wit of a devil, and the guitar playing of a god, it was enough to earn him that rarity: an encore [more...] for an opener" wrote the Fort Worth Star-Telegram in its review of a show from that tour. Gilbert's three albums for the Rounder/Philo label - Edgewise (1994), Fugitives (1995), and Shaking Off Gravity (1998) - are all essential additions to the American singer-songwriter collection. With guests as varied as Tuck and Patti, Jonatha Brooke, Patty Larkin, Vinx, and Jane Siberry, all three albums found significant niches on NAC (New Adult Contemporary) and Non-Commercial A3 radio.

These discs were followed by the self-released Somerville Live (2000), lionized by the Boston Globe as the disc "young songwriters should study the way law students cram for bar exams," and One Thru Fourteen (2002), a stylistically varied offering that New York's Town and Village called "lively, eclectic, electrifying and transcending." Gilbert followed with Side Of The Road (2003), a duo album with Ellis Paul, lauded as "haunting, artful, and lovely" by Boston Magazine and nominated for a 2004 Boston Music Award. Then came Unfamiliar Moon (2005). "The songwriter's most compelling work; literate, heartfelt, rippling…emotionally resonant songs" raved the Boston Globe, placing the album in its Top 10 CDs of the year (#4). On Angels, Castles, Covers (2006), "Gilbert's choice of an album of covers seems both fitting and fearless. …he displays his vocal virtuosity with some unexpected choices from the late 20th century songbook. From the sounds of Motown, through the R&B of Al Green to classic Joni Mitchell and Shawn Colvin…He makes each and every tune sound fresh and new," writes Roberta Schwartz of FAME.

Gilbert then launched into a year and a half as support for George Carlin, leading up to the creation and recording of Up On Rockfield (2008), a landmark album noted for being written in the styles of some of his favorite songwriters. Of this disk Vintage Guitar proclaimed that “His fervor for composing is as powerful as a Colorado thunderstorm...accomplishing the seemingly impossible...Up On Rockfield should be on your must hear list.”

Who else would name their most recent album “Old White Men”, and actually have recorded a groundbreaking, heartbreaking title song to back it up? That’d be Vance Gilbert.

This latest release has received raves based solely on the material folks knew would be on it! The soul aching title cut, OLD WHITE MEN, the winsome BOY ON A TRAIN, and the comic tour de force MY BAD are present. The lonesome KING OF THE RAILS will leave a diagonal crease across the listener’s heart. DRAGONFLY WINGS is a delightful throwback to 70‘s pop. NO ONE CAN LOVE YOU LIKE MARY is an all acoustic life story punctuated by Billy Novick’s funky saxophones. The maddened rant of HELPLESS MAN is followed by the big hearted NEW YEAR’S EVE AT THE LION’S HEAD HOTEL - HOURLY RATES, a one-sided conversation between a prostitute and a policeman. Vance’s original YOU SHOULD BE HERE sounds like a refugee from the Rogers and Hart songbook and is just Vance and a classical guitar. GO and COME HERE MY LOVE are both solo snapshots of breathless points in time. The acapella BRAKEMAN’S SON is a small story of a search for big peace. Eleven killer songs, pared down to their living core, listener ready (OK, there’s a buried track. Listen for yourself…). [less...]
Ali Handal
Moved early on by wise and resilient women, singer/songwriter Ali Handal wore out Carole King's "Tapestry" album. As a cat-obsessed six-year-old (some things never change), Ali honored her initial musical heroine by naming her very first kitten "Carole." Over the years, the sweet melodies and lyrics penned by musical sages King, Dylan, Lennon and McCartney captivated her. She had an epiphany when, as a teenager, she heard Led Zeppelin for the first time. Completely mesmerized by Jimmy Page's seductive guitar riffs, Ali quit her piano lessons to pick up the guitar. Now based in Los Angeles, Ali holds her own among the ranks of fierce female performing songwriters. [more...]

Ali released three albums on her own and got her first record deal - after 20 years as a professional musician - in 2017. "That's What She Said," released by Red Parlor Records/Sony distribution in September 2017, charted on Billboard's Emerging Artists chart the week it was released, due to the fan base Ali had built through live shows and online marketing. American Songwriter called the album "a triumph," and Vintage Guitar said " Handal is a devilishly witty songwriter whose guitar is as blue and gutsy as her lyrics." In addition to touring throughout the US, Ali has toured Australia, Japan and beyond, provided backing vocals for Neil Young, and shared the stage with songwriting legend Paul Williams as his featured vocalist. Also a published author, Ali penned Guitar for Girls (Hal Leonard), an exceptional guitar method book & CD brimming with advice and encouragement for aspiring musicians. Her motto, which she shares with everyone she can, is: "you get what you settle for." [less...]
Dan Harris
John Prine meets Steve Earl, with a Vermont authenticity… On a cold winter night the coyotes would cry from way up in the hills as the midnite train blew its whistle farther on up the Connecticut River valley. I could feel the wind coming through the windows in the drafty farmhouse we grew up in. The coyotes were there most of the time, howling at the train whistle. There wasn't much else to do on nights like that other than play my guitar, and scribble songs on little scraps of paper. I did alot of fishing in the river back then too. [more...] And spent days on end rummaging around in the forest, looking for a cool tree with a cool bird whistling the afternoon away, or maybe a deer, or a trout from the little stream about a mile back in.

On Sundays I was pulled away from my lonely little utopia in the woods and streams and taken to church. My family was very religious and church music rang out loud and clear from our household as far back I can remember. I can also remember sitting on my dads lap, at a very early age, before the coyotes, learning to hold a pick, strum the strings and sing "Hey Good Looking" together.

Once, in the third grade, we went on a school trip to hear Dizzy Gillespie play trumpet and give a talk on the history of jazz. I'll never forget the way that music made me feel, or how his cheeks would blow up into balloons when he was belting out once cool lick after another.

This is where my music comes from, it started a journey that has taken me to some fun and interesting, and sometimes dark and heart wrenching, places. I listen to and love the music of John Hartford, Woody Guthrie, Del McCoury, Tim Obrien, piles and piles of bluegrass, and of course all of my fellow musician friends in my area. 

My latest project involves playing guitar in a newly formed old time/new time string band called the Renegade Roosters. We  have  Jason Lowery on clawhammer banjo and vocals and Jay Allen playing upright bass. 

When not performing or writing music I teach private lessons on guitar and mandolin. I'm also an instrument builder and have a small shop where I repair stringed instruments and build mandolins and guitars. [less...]
Bob Hemenger
Bob Hemenger is a Colorado based musician, educator and naturalist. His "soul full" approach to music and many years of teaching how indigenous people lived with the land have led him down some interesting trails. He has been an instructor at Victor Wooten's Center for Music and Nature for the past 13 years. It is there that he has been a part of the magic that takes place when creative people slow down enough to really listen and connect with nature and themselves. "Bob is at the top of my list when it comes to embodying Music and Nature. He was there when I first made the connection almost 25 years ago. I can't say enough good things about Bob" Victor Wooten Bob grew up in Michigan and has spent the last 26 years in Pagosa Springs, CO (where he continues to grow up). [more...]

His experiences include; many great nights of playing music, Tom Brown Jr Tracker School instructor, director of Touch the Earth Camps, adventure travel guide, EMT/search and rescue, High School Teacher (special education, science, music and ESL) and the principal of an alternative high school. He is also the co founder of Inside:Outside Retreat for Saxophonists. "Bob has helped open my eyes to a greater sense of awareness in creativity - and in one session! Find out what he can offer you; it could change your life!" [less...]
JJ Jones
JJ Jones is an internationally touring, Berklee-trained drummer and educator. She has performed with folk-pop darlings Girlyman, Canadian roots band Po'Girl (now Birds of Chicago), singer-songwriter Lucy Wainwright Roche, Egyptian revolutionary Ramy Essam, and LA's riot-pop band WASI, among many, many others. As a writer and producer, she co-wrote a song with comedian Margaret Cho that was featured in her Showtime concert movie "psyCHO", and one of JJ's own projects, a kids' music record under the name Django Jones, won a Parents' Choice Gold award, one of the most prestigious honors in children's music. [more...]

JJ is passionate about education: her mission is to empower women and girls through playing drums. She's an instructor and band coach at girls and ladies rock camps across the U.S., is the Tech Editor of Tom Tom Magazine, the world's only magazine dedicated to female drummers, and is the founder of EmpowerDrumming.com, a drum education and coaching company for women. This is her tenth year teaching at song school! [less...]
Arthur Lee Land
Lyons Colorado based singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Arthur Lee Land is known for his joy filled, innovative live performances, his mad guitar and live-looping skills, Arthur's hands are full theses days writing, recording and performing with multiple projects. First as a solo artist, you have his unforgettable one-man act employing the Art of Live-Looping to create his Electro-Americana BAND of ONE featured in his last studio album release Cracked Open featuring songs co-written by his wife and songwriting partner, clairvoyant lyricist Carol Lee. In late 2014, Arthur replaced Vince Herman of Leftover Salmon in the veteran Colorado Americana Jam-Band Great American Taxi. [more...] The Arthur Lee Land TRIO is crushing it live and gearing up for a new original studio album. The TRIO's unique Grateful Dead Tribute: Twang Is Dead has been a festival favorite. On top of all that, Arthur has been bringing his melodic guitar skills touring with String Cheese Incident's keyboardist's solo project the Kyle Hollingsworth's Band, as well as the Elephant Revival family side projects featuring Daniel Rodriguez and Bonnie Paine that also became folk rock icon Donovan's band for a headline festival slot in 2016. Other fun projects find him teaming up with Brain McRae's gogoLab and Tyler Grant's band Grant Farm for the "GRANTful Dead Revue." Arthur's Art of Live-Looping Educational Outreach Programs have reached 50,000+ students in 27 states and he's been an advocate for Reframing ADHD as the gift of the "HUNTER" Brain Wiring. Arthur has been a member of the Song School instructor staff since 2003. [less...] Top
Korby Lenker
Korby's deliberate approach to music is the mainstay of career now tipping into its third decade. Along the way there have been numerous songwriting awards (including first place wins at the 2016 Rocky Mountain Folks Festival Songwriters Showcase) and festival appearances, (Sasquatch, Bumbershoot). Lenker has also shared the stage with such luminaries as Willie Nelson, Ray Lamontagne, Nickel Creek, Chris Isaak, to name a few. It was in the publication of MEDIUM HERO, Lenker's first collection of short stories (Turner Publishing December 2015) that he found his true voice, as well as his vision for THOUSAND SPRINGS. [more...]

"For me," says Lenker, "the two most important qualities of good art are originality and meaning. By original, I mean you've got to tell your own story and no one else's…one thing that was good for me when I moved to Nashville was that it forced me to really dig in and figure out what I did that was different than what everyone else was doing. In Nashville, everyone can write a song and everyone can sing. But there is actually very little in the way of true originality. I spent my first three years in town parking cars at a hotel and taking a bunch of chances, creatively speaking. No one really cared about me, which turned out to be very freeing. Those first years were when I wrote most of the stories that became Medium Hero. I started writing songs that tended toward personal meaning over commercial appeal, and along the way I discovered there was an audience for this approach to telling my story. That was the best discovery of all. There are people out there who will let me be myself!"

Deciding that Story is Everything, Korby hatched an ambitious plan for his 7th album. After raising $20K in a crowdfunding campaign, he purchased some recording gear and a high-end battery typically used in climbing expeditions, and drove out to Idaho to see what would happen. He recorded the heart of each song — the guitar and vocal — in different places important to him personally. He recorded during the day and slept in a tent at night. He blogged about it.

After recording the basic tracks, he spent the next several months driving around the country, recording his friends where they lived — in backyards and hotel rooms - in Seattle, Portland, LA, Austin, Madison, Boston and more. Thousand Springs was recorded in 7 states and features almost 30 different artists from the young folk scene, including Nora Jane Struthers, Critter Eldridge, Anthony Da Costa, Amy Speace, Molly Tuttle, Carrie Elkin, Kai Welch, Beck Warren and many more. [less...]
Les Poules A Colin
Taking their name from a traditional song, Les Poules à Colin were raised behind the scenes at folk festivals, learning their craft at kitchen parties amongst some of Quebec's finest trad musicians – which included their parents – in a region famous for its living heritage. Despite their young age, Les Poules à Colin have been playing together for over nine years and it shows in their sparkling complicity. The group has a strong stage presence and demonstrates a contagious pleasure in each and every performance, drawing the audience to them. The group has already performed in major cities and small towns in Canada, the US, Europe, the UK and Australia, and Africa, amassing a wealth of impressive experience in a short time. [more...]

The group's sound is a seamless blend of their strong folk upbringing and North American influences that range from old-time to jazz, with some provocative and moody effects. Their repertoire is a mix of original and traditional pieces, primarily in French but with some English compositions, and reveals gorgeous vocal, instrumental and rhythmic prowess. Their adaptations of traditional songs from Quebec, Brittany or Louisiana speak eloquently to their generation while retaining the beauty of timeless music. Fiddle, guitar, lapsteel, banjo, mandolin, piano, bass and foot percussion form a rich and varied backdrop for their inventive arrangements. Les Poules à Colin reveal a unique and modern perspective on traditional Québec culture.

In 2017, after a nine-week tour of Australia (Port Fairy, The National, The Blue Mountains and Fairbridge folk fest, among others), tours to Sweden, USA, Canada, Italy, Germany, Belgium, UK and their participation in the Games of La Francophonie in Abidjan in Ivory Coast, the group presents its new album MOROSE , which is inspired by the raw and pure aspect of Quebec musical traditions while combining contemporary sounds animated by energy, desires and the angst of our modern society. [less...]
John Linn
Largely due to a visioning session in Ellis Delaney’s class at Song School, John Linn now teaches guitar and makes music full-time in Washington, D.C., with over twenty-five students, aged six to sixty-five.  His mission is to share the joys of creativity and musical living with his students and audiences.  Having discovered so much of that joy in Lyons, John is especially glad to be returning to teach at the Song School again in 2016.  In his teaching practice, John especially enjoys the gentle exploration of music theory, creativity coaching and performance development. [more...]

As a performing songwriter, John’s music has been described as “songs for sinners and everyday angels.”  Whether you hear stories of growing up on the prairies of the Midwest, of a coffeehouse flirtation, or of the sweet disappointments of love, John’s music will leave you with a sense of the depth and mystery of human experience, vibrating with its surprising joys and hidden tragedies

John has performed his music in venues across the U.S., and has toured internationally as a tenor with Mastersingers USA, winners of Best Male Choir at the 2003 International Eisteddfod in Wales.  John is an active member of the local D.C. arts scene, as a member of the Americana band After the Flood, and he has served as Music Director for Lean and Hungry Theater’s audio productions of Julius Caesar and Oedipus Rex on WAMU public radio in Washington. [less...]
Clare McLeod
Clare McLeod is an Assistant Professor in the Voice Department at Berklee College of Music. A Certified Master Teacher in Estill Voice Training, Clare also trained at the National Center for Voice and Speech, and is a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing. In addition to teaching at Berklee, she presents voice clinics regularly in Los Angeles, Colorado and Austin and continues to study developments in the voice research field. Top
Danielle Morales
Danielle Morales
Danielle Morales has been in the theraputic massage field for nearly five years studying a number of techniques integrating holistic methods in the past two years having a profound effect on clients. Her awareness and caring nature is evident in her work. Her attention to and intuition of each person's needs makes the massage unique providing numerous benefits. Top
Bill Nash
Bill Nash is a 17-year veteran of the Rocky Mountain Song school and has been a guitarist for the past 39 years, with 35 years of teaching experience under his belt. He has been mentoring guitar students at the Song School for the past 6 years, in a one on one basis under his canopy. He teaches fingerstyle guitar technique (mostly three finger Travis style) and also instructs students on the use of altered tunings, capo use, assorted other guitar techniques and music theory. More recently, he has been working on cutting edge guitar technique, using cut capos, [more...] multiple cut capos, altered tunings, and altered tunings with multiple capos. One of his songs even uses 4 capos, in DADGAD tuning, and each capo is critical to performing the song. He also works with songwriters on polishing their melodies, chord choices in their songs, and honing their musical ideas. [less...] Top
Bonnie Paine
The ethereal voice of Bonnie Paine is one of the most instantly recognizable pieces of the musical experience that is Elephant Revival. Her multi-octave range and haunting, hushed tones is complimented by her skill on a wide variety of percussive and bowed instruments, from the washboard to cello and many points between. Her performance skills, when joined with that of her Elephant Revival bandmates, create a brand of music often described as “Transcendental Folk. Of all her contributions to the band’s unique and dynamic sound, the most important is her songwriting. Top
Emily Scott Robinson
Emily Scott Robinson is a Song School veteran and full-time touring Americana singer-songwriter. She was a winner of the 2017 Wildflower Performing Songwriter Contes, the 2016 Kerrville New Folk Contest, and the 2015 American Songwriter Lyric Contest. Two years ago, Emily quit her day job, moved into a motorhome, and started traveling around the country as a full-time musician. Emily is a student of mindfulness techniques, shamanic meditation, yoga and positive psychology. She loves helping people to transform their fear, overcome obstacles, and claim the rich creative life they deserve. Top
Rob Roper
In an industry where "Alternative" means mainstream and "Indie" means pop, Rob Roper's songs are independent of Indie and alternative to Alternative. Jon Solomon of The Westword calls him "...a guy with some sharp songwriting skills and a knack for penning witty lyrics." The Belgium website Rootstime.be described his full-length CD "Misfit" as "...drenched with emotion, with truly beautiful songs...A modest masterpiece." Born in Jackson, Mississippi, Roper spent his teenage years in Dallas, Texas. [more...]

After college he left for Arizona and lived there for many years, playing music with various people and bands. He moved to Denver in 2000, where he is now based. A guitar player since the age of 12, he took up songwriting and singing in 2004.

In 2007 Roper released a DIY demo EP, Some Songs I Wrote. 2009 saw the release of the acoustic EP, Me. In 2011 Roper released his first full-length album, Misfit, produced by John McVey. In 2012 he released an 8-song acoustic EP, The Other Side of Nowhere, featuring Paul Ermisch on violin. In 2016, Roper released a 3-song EP for download, Word, which features spoken word or rap over a hybrid of rock and hip hop music. Also in 2016, Roper released the hard rock/psychedelic rock EP Roses under the band name Total Flower Chaos.

Rob Roper has played over 100 gigs since 2006, mostly in Colorado, but also in Oregon, Texas, Iowa, Massachusetts and The Netherlands. Since 2010 he has primarily played his songs with violinist Paul Ermisch in the acoustic group Scupanon. From 2013-2014 he played guitar and was one of the songwriters for the Denver rock band, Dorian. Roper is currently in the process of forming a hard rock/psychedelic rock band, Total Flower Chaos.

From 2015-2017 Roper has been taking music theory, piano and composition classes at Metro St. University in Denver. He expects this knowledge will help not only with his own compositions and songwriting, but for composing music for film and TV, and in working with professional musicians in the studio while producing his own and other people's recording projects.

"Everything I've done up til now," Roper recently said, "is just preparation for what comes next. My best work is still to come." [less...]
Justin Roth
Justin Roth is a nationally touring singer/songwriter, fingerstyle guitarist, and recording engineer/producer. His path to acoustic music was solidified at 17 when he heard innovative guitarist, Michael Hedges, and saw how the acoustic guitar was capable of creating such a huge sonic palette, much more than he had ever heard before. From that moment on, he knew it would be the root of his musical world. His use of alternate tunings, partial capos and his innovative two-hand tapping technique has been described as, 'more than just an instrument, but an extension of himself.' [more...] "Fans of Leo Kottke or Michael Hedges will find themselves right at home with [Roth's] intricate guitar work...beautifully written lyrics." - San Francisco Art Magazine

Justin has toured with John Gorka and David Wilcox, as well as opened for some of the finest singer/songwriters on the acoustic music scene, including Shawn Colvin, Martin Sexton, and Darrell Scott. Equally, his guitar playing has earned him shared stages with some of the greatest fingerstyle players of today, such as Tommy Emmanuel, Andy McKee and Pat Donohue. Justin's self-produced and fan-funded album, Now You Know, was voted as one of the Top 100 Folk Albums of 2011. Two songs from Now You Know have also been featured on the #1 ranked soap opera The Young & The Restless reaching over 5 millions viewers worldwide. In late 2013, Justin wrote and released "Rise," inspired by the Colorado floods, and has donated 100% of the proceeds to flood relief.

Justin has attended Song School every year since 1997 and taught each year since 2003, as well as teaching at the Kerrville Folk Festival, Sisters Folk Festival, International Folk Alliance Conference, and offering online lessons at www.JamPlay.com. When not on the road, Justin is a recording engineer/producer for independent artists at Bridgeway Recording, a multi-room, full-service recording facility, as well as at his home studio, The ToneBar, in Fort Collins, CO. [less...]
Alan Rowoth
In 1991, Alan started the folk music listserv, and later organized the first Internet Quartet Songwriters Showcase, a tour that took 24 songwriters to 11 cities in the Northeast in a total of 66 concerts. Alan has written for several music magazines including Dirty Linen and Sing Out! and has taught seminars on the internet for musicians at national and regional Folk Alliance conferences, the Kerrville Folk Festival, Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, Christine Lavin’s Martha’s Vineyard Singer Songwriter Retreat, and of course, our own Song School. Top
Moira Smiley
Moira Smiley is a Singer / Composer who creates and performs new work for voices. A musical polyglot, and vocal shape-shifter, her voice – and composing – are heard on feature films, BBC & PBS television programs, NPR, and on more than 60 albums. When she's not leading her own group, moira smiley & VOCO, Moira tours with Indie artist tUnE-yArDs, Irish music powerhouse, Solas, The Lomax Project and Billy Child's "Laura Nyro Re-Imagined". Recent solo performances include TED, Stravinsky's 'Les Noces', the London Proms Festival, features on BBC3's The Choir, and ABC Australia's Books & Arts programs. [more...] Moira's recordings feature spare, vocally driven collections of warped traditional songs, original polyphony and body percussion. In addition to her performing work, she is in high demand as a choral clinician, composer and arranger. [less...] Top
Amy Speace
“Amy Speace has one of the richest and loveliest voices in the singer/songwriter genre and her songs are luxuriously smart…she’s profoundly personal yet also a bit mythic. The imagery and the careful use of language is stunning and more evocative of classical poetry than most contemporary Americana peers” – Craig Havighurst, author & host of Nashville’s “Music City Roots”.   Baltimore born, NYC bred and Nashville based, Amy Speace has been making critical waves since Judy Collins discovered her in 2006, releasing “Songs For Bright Street” on Collins’ own Wildflower Records. A logical protégé to classic singers like Collins and Baez, Amy’s brand of folk comes with a bit of grit and soul. [more...]

Each release since her debut more personal, more crafted, her voice deepening with intimacy and authority.  The critics followed with increasing notice.  2009’s “The Killer In Me” had NPR likening her to a younger Lucinda. 2013’s “How To Sleep In A Stormy Boat,” a song cycle conversation with Shakespeare’s characters, brought her national recognition with a feature on NPR’s “All Things Considered” and acclaim from famed rock critic Dave Marsh. 

Her most recent release, 2015’s “That Kind Of Girl,” was lauded by The New York Times’s Jon Pareles and marked her 4th appearance on “Mountain Stage”.  Judy Collins has recorded her songs, as well as the late Memphis Hall of Fame member Sid Selvidge and other folk and jazz artists.  Just recently she released a trio record with Amber Rubarth and UK-based Emily Barker called Applewood Road, which got 5 star reviews in England including The Sunday London Times writing “a flawless set that has to be the most haunting release of the past year”. 

But all this is not what she had planned. After graduating from Amherst College with a dual degree in English and Theater, she moved to NYC to study acting at The National Shakespeare Conservatory, fully intending on a career as a playwright, director and actress. She spent a few years doing just that: a member of a few classical repertory companies, a founding Artistic Director of Off-Off Broadway’s Five Points Theater Company – until a borrowed guitar and a spectacular break up led to her penning her first few songs.  It was only a few years later that a demo of hers was brought to the attention of Judy Collins who was in search of talent for a fledgling record label. 

Amy has taught performance and songwriting at Rocky Mountain Folks Fest Song School for over a decade and been on staff at The Kerrville Folk Festival Song School, Swannanoa Gathering, Sister’s Folk Festival & Americana Academy, Berklee College of Music (Summer Session), her own Songs From The Well Writing Retreats and is honored to work with Songwriting With Soldiers.  [less...]
Two-time Juno-winning banjoist, composer and instigator Jayme Stone makes music inspired by sounds from around the world—bridging folk, jazz and chamber music. His award-winning albums both defy and honor the banjo's long role in the world's music, turning historical connections into compelling sounds. Jayme Stone's Folklife (2017) follows the bends and bayous through the deep river of song and story. Evolving out of Stone's "Lomax Project," this gathering of versatile musicians blows the dust off of old songs and remakes them for modern ears. [more...] With spellbinding singing, virtuosic playing and captivating storytelling, their concerts and educational programs are moving, inventive and participatory experiences. Think Sea Island spirituals, Creole calypsos and stomp-down Appalachian dance tunes. The album is due out in March on Borealis Records.

Jayme Stone's Lomax Project (2015) focuses on songs collected by folklorist and field recording pioneer Alan Lomax. This collaboratory brings together distinctive and creative roots musicians to revive, recycle and reimagine traditional music. The repertoire includes Bahamian sea shanties, Sea Island spirituals, Appalachian ballads, fiddle tunes and work songs collected from both well-known musicians and everyday folk: sea captains, cowhands, fishermen, prisoners and homemakers. Collaborators include Grammy-winning singer Tim O'Brien, Bruce Molsky, Margaret Glaspy, Moira Smiley, Brittany Haas, Julian Lage and more.

The Other Side of the Air (2013) is a travelogue of imaginary landscapes and faraway lands. The album traverses the Cinnamon Route through Persia and India, revisits and reinvents melodies Stone collected in West Africa and includes a Concerto for Banjo and Chamber Symphony. Room of Wonders (2010) explores music from Norway, Sweden, Bulgaria, Brazil, Italy and America. The repertoire includes a movement from Bach's French Suite, a Moorish sword-fighting dance and Stone's lush, edgy originals. Africa to Appalachia (2008) is a boundary-crossing musical collaboration with griot singer Mansa Sissoko that explores the banjo's African roots and Stone's adventures in Mali. The Utmost (2007) draws inspiration from Japanese poetry and Brazilian literature and includes a tiny symphony that takes place inside an imaginary lightbulb.

Stone is the consummate collaborator, unearthing musical artifacts and magnetizing extraordinary artists to help rekindle these understudied sounds. He is a passionate educator, producer and instigator. [less...]
Judith Wade
Judith Wade
Judith uses Reiki on herself everyday to maintain balance between her two part-time jobs in the health and wellness industry, and running her own business of Reiki and Animal Communication. She is committed to integrity, creative expression, and authenticity and assisting you in freely expressing yourself and your potential. Reiki is a facilitated energy technique to assist with easing tension and stress and helps support the body's natural healing process. Reiki works on physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual levels and enhances one's life. [more...] A few benefits include: can reduce physical pain and stress, energize the body, calm the mind, help with decision making (might come in handy when deciding between all the wonderful workshops and sessions), enhance creativity, strengthen the immune system, assist with limiting beliefs, and provide comfort from emotional challenges.

Judith has a gentle spirit and presence. She believes in the amazing transformation that energy work can provide just by being open to receiving it. The insights she receives while doing a Reiki session provides a look at your landscape and tools helpful for moving around that landscape. Showing the energy that is around you, and some options to help you better prepare for the experiences you wish to have in your life. And since she works with animals, she just might receive an animal totem for you. [less...]
Natalia Zukerman
Musician, painter and educator Natalia Zukerman grew up in New York City, studied art at Oberlin, started her mural business Off The Wall in San Francisco, began her songwriting career in Boston, and now resides, writes, plays, teaches and paints in Brooklyn, NY. Having released seven independent albums on Weasel Records and her own label Talisman Records, Zukerman has toured internationally as a solo performer since 2005. She has also accompanied and opened for some of acoustic music's greats such as Janis Ian, Willy Porter, Susan Werner, Erin McKeown, Shawn Colvin, Ani DiFranco, Richard Thompson, Tom Paxton and many others. [more...] Alongside her touring career, Zukerman continues to paint private and public murals as well as illustrate children's books, design and paint sets for plays in New York City and paint private portrait commissions. Natalia teaches private songwriting lessons and has taught at Sisters Song School, Red Rocks Womens Music Festival, Winnipeg Folk Festival, Interlochen Summer Music Program and other festivals and locations throughout the US and in Canada. In February, 2017, Natalia became a Cultural Diplomat for the US Department of State, playing concerts and conducting workshops with her group The Northern Lights throughout Africa. [less...] Top

Past Instructors

2017 Song School Instructors

Mary Gauthier, Bonnie Hayes, Peter Himmelman, Pat Pattison, Paul Reisler, Rachel Sermanni, Ben Sollee, Steve Seskin Elective Instructors Jenn Adams, "Chicago Mike" Beck, Mai Bloomfield, Ron Browning, Jill Brzezicki, RJ Cowdery, Terri Delaney, Val Denn, Ellis, Ramy Essam, Rebecca Folsom, Vance Gilbert, Ali Handal, Dan Harris, JJ Jones, Arthur Lee Land, John Linn, Clare McLeod, The Mae Trio, Rich Moore, Bill Nash, Mollie O'Brien, Bonnie Paine, Emily Scott Robinson, Justin Roth, Alan Rowoth, Christopher Smith, Amy Speace

2016 Song School Instructors

Vance Gilbert, Bonnie Hayes, Kathy Mattea, Pat Pattison, Paul Reisler, Darrell Scott, Steve Seskin, Cheryl Wheeler, Jenn Adams, "Chicago Mike" Beck, Mai Bloomfield, Ron Browning, Jill Brzezicki, Terri Delaney, Val Denn, Ellis, Rebecca Folsom, Foxfeather, Connor Garvey, Robby Hecht, Jagoda, JJ Jones, Arthur Lee Land, John Linn, Clare McLeod, Mouths of Babes, Bill Nash, Justin Roth, Alan Rowoth, Sarah Sample, Amy Speace, Judith Wade, Tom Wasinger

2015 Song School Instructors

Mary Gauthier, Vance Gilbert, Bonnie Hayes, Lucy Kaplansky, Shane Koyczan, Pat Pattison, Paul Reisler, Steve Seskin, Richard Shindell, Peter Yarrow, Jenn Adams, "Chicago Mike" Beck, Mai Bloomfield, Jill Brzezicki, Ron Browning, RJ Cowdery, Joe Craven, Terri Delaney, Val Denn, Ellis, Rebecca Folsom, Heiko Grein, Robby Hecht, Django Jones, JJ Jones, Arthur Lee Land, John Linn, Clare McLeod, Bill Nash, Justin Roth, Alan Rowoth, Christopher Smith, Amy Speace, Caroline Spence, Judith Wade, Tom Wasinger, Annie Wenz, Shannon Wurst

2014 Song School Instructors

Antje Duvekot, Mary Gauthier, Vance Gilbert, Bonnie Hayes, Peter Himmelman, Pat Pattison, Paul Reisler, Steve Seskin "Chicago Mike" Beck, Michael Bowers, Ron Browning, Edie Carey, Terri Delaney, Val Denn, Ellis, Rebecca Folsom, Robby Hecht, Arthur Lee Land, Bill Nash, Siobhan Quinn, Etan Rosenbloom, Justin Roth, Alan Rowoth, Sarah Sample, Amy Speace, Mary Vyn, Tom Wasinger, Kai Welch, Annie Wenz

2013 Song School Instructors

Ysaye Barnwell, Mary Gauthier, Vance Gilbert, Bonnie Hayes, Lynn Miles, Pat Pattison, Paul Reisler, Steve Seskin, "Chicago Mike" Beck, Michael Bowers, Ron Browning, Terri Delaney, Val Denn, Ellis, Rebecca Folsom, Robby Hecht, Jagoda, Arthur Lee Land, Mike Meadows, Clare McLeod, Bill Nash, Brendan Okrent, Siobhan Quinn, Justin Roth, Alan Rowoth, Sarah Sample, The Sea, The Sea, Christopher Smith, Amy Speace, Judith Wade, Tom Wasinger, Kai Welch, Annie Wenz

2012 Song School Instructors

Mary Gauthier, Peter Himmelman, Holly Near, Pat Pattison, Gretchen Peters, Paul Reisler, Darrell Scott, Steve Seskin, Richard Shindell, "Chicago" Mike Beck, Michael Bowers, Ron Browning, Don Conoscenti, Terri Delaney, Ingrid Elizabeth, Ellis, Rebecca Folsom, Girlyman, Jagoda, JJ Jones, Diana Korpi, Arthur Lee Land, Danielle Morales, Bill Nash, Brendan Okrent, Siobhán Quinn, Justin Roth, Alan Rowoth, Maggie Simpson, Christopher Smith, Amy Speace, Mary Vyn, Judith Wade, Tom Wasinger, Annie Wenz

2011 Song School Instructors

Ysaye Barnwell, Mary Gauthier, Vance Gilbert, Sarah Lee Guthrie, Johnny Irion, Anais Mitchell, Pat Pattison, Paul Reisler, Steve Seskin, Livingston Taylor, "Chicago" Mike Beck, Tim Burlingame, Michael Bowers, Ron Browning, Ellis, Rebecca Folsom, Girlyman, Bob Hemenger, Jagoda, JJ Jones, Diana Korpi, Arthur Lee Land, Terri Mazurek, Bill Nash, Siobhán Quinn, Etan Rosenbloom, Justin Roth, Alan Rowoth, Sarah Sample, Kathrin Shorr, David Slater, Amy Speace, Mary Vyn, Judith Wade, Annie Wenz

2010 Song School Instructors

Jonatha Brooke, Sheila Carabine, Vance Gilbert, Pat Pattison, Paul Reisler, Darrell Scott, Steve Seskin, Amanda Walther, David Wilcox, "Chicago" Mike Beck, Michael Bowers, Ron Browning, Joe Craven, Ellis, Girlyman, Bob Hemenger, Jagoda, JJ Jones, Diana Korpi, Arthur Lee Land, Terri Mazurek, Bill Nash, Brendan Okrent, Siobhan Quinn, Justin Roth, Alan Rowoth, David Slater, Amy Speace, Mary Vyn, Judith Wade

2009 Song School Instructors

Mary Gauthier, Peter Himmelman, Karin Bergquist, Linford Detweiler, Pat Pattison, Steve Seskin, Vance Gilbert, Paul Reisler, Carmen Allgood, "Chicago" Mike Beck, Michael Bowers, Ron Browning, Tim Burlingame, Chuck E. Costa, Ellis, Rebecca Folsom, Thomas Golubic, Jagoda, Jennifer "JJ" Jones, Diana Korpi, Arthur Lee Land, Terri Mazurek, Ryan Mintz, Kathy Moser, Bill Nash, Brendan Okrent, Siobhan Quinn, Justin Roth, Alan Rowoth, Kathrin Shorr, Maggie Simpson, Christopher Smith, Amy Speace, Annie Wenz

2008 Song School Instructors

Josh Ritter, Melissa Ferrick, Pat Pattison, Susan Werner, Steve Seskin, Vance Gilbert, Paul Reisler, Carmen Allgood, "Chicago" Mike Beck, Michael Bowers, Ron Browning, Tim Burlingame, Ellis, Rebecca Folsom, Jagoda, Jennifer JJ Jones, Arthur Lee Land, Terri Mazurek, Bill Nash, Brendan Okrent, Julie Portman, Siobhan Quinn, Justin Roth, Alan Rowoth, Kathrin Shorr, Moira Smiley, Amy Speace, and Annie Wenz.

2007 Song School Instructors

Peter Himmelman, Darrell Scott, Mary Gauthier, Zoe Lewis, Catie Curtis, Steve Seskin, Vance Gilbert, Arthur Lee Land, Moira Smiley, Annie Wenz, Rebecca Folsom, Ellis, Terri Mazurek, Alan Rowoth, Amy Speace, Kathrin Shorr, Tim Burlingame, Jennifer "JJ" Jones, Siobhan Quinn, Michael Bowers, Anna Wolfe, Justin Roth, Ben Wisch, Carmen Allgood, and "Chicago" Mike Beck.