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Workshops 101 – What You Should Know

About Workshop LevelsHow Many Classes Can I Take?How to Choose a ClassWorkshop EtiquetteHandoutsGeneral Reminders

About Workshop Levels
We offer workshops in Levels 1-4 at each festival. These levels are described here to help you determine which classes would best suit you.

To get the most out of our festival workshops, it is usually best (but not required) to select classes at the level that matches your current abilities and interests. Please also follow the Workshop Etiquette tips <same-page link > below.

How Many Classes Can I Take?
As many as you like! If you have a one day pass and want to take as many classes as possible, by all means, do so. However, if you have a full festival pass, we encourage you to take a break from classes to relax, decompress, jam, or practice what you’ve learned. Several classes are offered on repeat days to allow this.

How to Choose a Class
You make take any class that your festival pass allows. When choosing, consider the following:

  • What Workshop Level best describes your current playing style and ability?
  • Will the topic be understandable to you?
  • What styles of playing/music are you most interested in learning?

Workshop Etiquette

At registration, for other than the stand-alone, “intro to uke” class, you will be given a badge and a lanyard corresponding to the days and workshop levels purchased. (For the “Intro” class you will be given a color coded name tag.

Newbie Badge – Level 1, Public, and “All Level” classes only
All Other Badges – Any class offered for the day(s) purchased

Be sure to wear your badge while inside any workshop; our staff and instructors periodically scan the classrooms for proper credentials.

“Oops, Wrong Room!”
Our workshops are packed with a lot of information in a relatively limited period of time, and are tailored to the Workshop Level  posted in the schedule. As such, it is most beneficial to attend classes that reflect your current playing level. However, if you have paid for an unlimited pass (any non-Newbie pass is unlimited), you are entitled to attend any class at any level. If you choose to attend a class that is listed as a level higher than your own, please keep in mind the following:

  • Have an alternate class selected and know which room it is in, in case you decide the higher level class is not for you.
  • Choose a seat that will allow you to leave with minimal disruption, should you need to do so.
  • If you switch workshops mid-class, please enter your alternate class quietly. We would rather you miss part of a class – and be able to understand it – than be completely lost in the first class.
  • If you choose to stay in the higher level class and the material is beyond your current level, please adopt the role of “passive observer.” Please allow those attendees at the intended level to ask the questions.

Most of our workshops are technique-based, rather than “let’s play a song” classes, so many will not use handouts. For those that do, the handouts will be posted on this website and
you must print it and bring it with you to the festival or otherwise have digital access to the handout. In the interest of minimizing waste and complying with copyright laws, paper handouts will not be provided at the festival.

A Note on Music Stands
Due to limited space in the classrooms, we encourage “packing light.” While music stands can be useful, a simple swivel-top clothes hanger with clips works well and takes up far less space. If you feel a music stand is necessary for you to best experience our workshops, please be considerate of your fellow attendees and choose a seat near an aisle.

General Reminders

  • Our instructors must prepare for a class of unknown size and abilities and deliver their information in a limited time. Please be quiet and courteous at all times, for their benefit and for that of fellow attendees. Ask questions when called for or otherwise however the instructor indicates.
  • We strive to offer a “Create Your Own Festival” experience with as much variety as possible, but there are only so many hours in a day. You may see two classes that you want to take are scheduled opposite each other. Many classes are offered again on a different day to help with some scheduling conflicts. There will almost certainly be too many options to experience everything interesting, but with a little planning, you should be able to do most everything desired over the course of the festival. We hope you have a great time!