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BANJO, GUITAR, DOBRO/RESONATOR GUITAR, LAP STEEL
Ernie Martinez, Swallow Hill Faculty Member for 40 years, is an extremely versatile musician, who plays just about every instrument that has strings, and more. Ernie started playing piano in elementary school but got his start playing guitars and drums in late 60’s garage bands. In 1971, while he was in junior high, upon hearing “Foggy Mountain Breakdown” and “Dueling Banjos”, Ernie took to the banjo, followed by the mandolin, resonator, and dobro. In 1974, Ernie started his first bluegrass band, the Off the Wall Gang, and picked up the fiddle, piano, bass, and pedal steel a couple years later, becoming the leading go-to utility performer in Colorado, both live and in the studio. With over four decades on the live scene, Ernie has played with Tom Paxton, John McEuen, Jimmy Ibbotson. In 2013 he won third in the RockyGrass Band contest with Camptown.In the studio, Ernie has been on over 150 albums in Colorado and in Nashville and is in demand as an album producer, songwriter, and arranger. Ernie has also released three albums of his own original work. He plays regularly with Runaway Express, Jon Chandler, Dakota Blonde, Timothy P. Irvin and the Rocky Mountain Stocking Stuffers, Reckless Abandon, Dustin Devine and the Real Deal, and Junction 5-12. Ernie is a member of the International Western Music Association having won instrumentalist of the year in 2018. In April 2019, Ernie made the cover of the Spring issue of Western Way. In the classroom, Ernie inspires a multitude of generations learning bluegrass and country, from beginners to advanced pickers and singers.
Whether you’re a complete beginner or an experienced musician looking to take your playing to another level, private lessons can help you get there! Private lessons are available for kids, teens, and adults for a variety of instruments and skill levels.
Please contact the Front Desk at 303-777-1003 if you need any assistance in finding a teacher or scheduling a lesson!
General Info & Policies
Recurring students meet with their teachers weekly. Recurring lessons are great for students looking for a consistent and reliable schedule, and they are billed on a monthly basis. Students may keep their regular lesson time slot as long as the teacher is available and the monthly payments are made on time.
*An additional $1 off per half-hour discount is available for recurring lesson students who opt in to auto-payments.
A La Carte Lessons
For students who need more flexibility, our A La Carte lessons are designed so you can sign up for lessons as needed — whether it’s to supplement what you’re learning in group classes or just to work on a specific skill. If you’ve got an unpredictable schedule, A La Carte lessons help you maintain and build your skills when your calendar allows.
In the calendar below, blue blocks are the available time slots for the instructor. Click "+# more" to see more available time slots for that day, then select a time slot. Selected time slots will turn green. Click Add to Cart. Private lessons are available to schedule up to 4 weeks in advance. If the date and time you wish to book is not available, please check back later.
To choose multiple blocks of time (i.e. more than one lesson, or a 60-minute lesson), select your first time slot, click Add to Cart, click Continue Shopping, choose your second time slot, click Add to Cart, and so on. When you have added all the desired blocks to the cart, click Checkout.
To schedule recurring lessons (billed monthly), please select the same day, time, and lesson duration for each week (or every other week) available, then at checkout, be sure to select the “Recurring” option in the registration form. Please contact the front desk if you need assistance or have any questions!
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If you are taking the lesson(s) online, you will be emailed a Zoom meeting link for your lesson upon completing your order!
Please read through our guidelines below, so that you are prepared to visit us. Our policies are subject to change at any time based on CDC guidelines and mandates from city, state, or federal agencies.
We do not have any mask or vaccine mandates for patrons, volunteers, and staff.
Performing artists may require vaccination, a negative Covid test, and/or masks to be worn by patrons, volunteers, and staff for their performances. Please make sure to check the event listing on our website and your email for any communications regarding these requirements.
We will continue to provide N95 and KN95 masks for those who would like them into the foreseeable future.
Our policies are subject to change at any time based on CDC guidelines and mandates from city, state, or federal agencies.
School: Refunds or account credits will follow our school cancellation guidelines, which states students may receive a full refund or account credit if the class is dropped before the start date. Students may drop a 6-8 week class and receive a partial, pro-rated credit or refund if the class is dropped at least 72 hours before the start of the 3rd class. After this deadline, students cannot drop and the credit/refund option is no longer available. Students may drop a 4-5 week class and receive a partial, pro-rated credit or refund if the class is dropped at least 72 hours before the start of the 2nd class. After this deadline, students cannot drop and the credit/refund option is no longer available.
Requests after those dates/timeframes will not be honored.
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