Online May Instructional Camp

May 22, 2021

Online May Instructional Camp

May 22, 2021
The May Long Weekend is traditionally a much anticipated time in the FAMI community however, the pandemic continues to keep us from gathering in person. To honour this tradition, the FAMI Board introduces a 1 day …

Online May 2021 Instructional Camp

The FAMI Board continues to try and enhance our online offerings. In 2020, we hosted Online Open Stages to help keep our community connected by sharing songs and talking with each other in the chat box. In February 2021 we added an instructional component with a series of 50-minute workshops. For May 2021 we are offering more in-depth instruction – choose from 1 of 8 classes and get 3.5 hours of instruction plus a choice of 1 of 8 fifty minute workshops.

We will be utilizing the ZOOM platform with breakout rooms for the individual classes / workshops.  Selection of the class will take place during registration. During the workshop time slot there will be a choice of 8 workshops plus a Chat Room and a “Front Porch” Performance Room.  Participants are free to move between breakout rooms during the workshop time slot ONLY.


A special introductory rate of $45.00 – for the full day – includes:

  • one 3.5 hour class (you choose 1 of 8 offerings),
  • one 50 minute workshop (8 offered),
  • Chat Room,
  • “Front Porch” Performance Room.



Registration is ONLINE ONLY and opens at 9:00 am MDT – Saturday April 17, 2021.

Registrations will close at noon Friday May 14, 2021. Space will be allocated on a first come basis and may be limited.



What You Need to Know

  • Registration opens 9:00 am Saturday April 17, 2021
  • You will select 1 of 8 offered classes at the time of registration
  • A registrant is limited to using one device per registration
  • The NO REFUND policy includes technical difficulties – we have kept the cost affordable for this event as it is a pilot project and we are learning as we go.
  • All workshops geared towards Level 2 – 3 players (Playing Experience Levels).
  • Update your Zoom app to the latest version to get the best experience.

Class & Workshop information will be added as it become available!  Check back often.

The Chat Room is where you can just hang out and visit with friends and the “Front Porch” Performance Room is where you can take turns playing songs to who ever else is in the room.


SCHEDULE: Click on the workshop title in the schedule below for more information on the workshop.
9:30 am Welcome / Opening remarks / How the day will unfold
10:00 am Morning Class Time (2 hours)

Making a Fiddle Tune Your Own with Jarred Albright
Guitar – Introduction to Soloing with Steve Fisher  CLASS FULL
Crossing the River of Suck – Mandolin with Michael Hepher
Ukulele BYOB with Don Gowan
Vocals with Don Hansen
Principles of Song Craft with Sarah Jane Scouten
Music Theory for the Average Jane (or Joe) Revised Description with Rhonda Shippy
A Musical Mish-Mash with Cara Luft

12:00 pm Lunch Break

Front Porch Performance Room

1:00 pm Afternoon Class Time (1.5 hours) – Return to the class you were in during the morning session
2:45 pm Workshop Session – Participants will be able to move between these rooms

Bluegrass Guitar with Steve Fisher
Messing with Chords for Ukesters with Don Gowan
Sideperson 101 with Jarred Albright
Song Arrangements for the Duo with Rhonda Shippy
Mellow D Melodies for Mandolin with Michael Hepher
Jumpstart Beginner Clawhammer Banjo with Cara Luft
Live Performance Tips for Songwriters and Beyond with Sarah Jane Scouten
Voice Workshop with Don Hansen
Front Porch Performance Room
Chat Room

3:40 pm Closing Remarks
3:50 pm The following rooms will remain open until 4:30 pm

Front Porch Performance Room
Chat Room