- In-Person Classes
- The Folk Collective
**THIS IS AN IN-PERSON CLASS**
The Passim Bluegrass Ensemble is a five-week group class that offers a relaxed space to learn new music and gain experience playing with other musicians. This class will focus on Bluegrass and Bluegrass-adjacent styles of music, studying the elements of melody, harmony, and groove that create the ear-catching sounds we know and love. We will discuss different roles that instruments in the ensemble can play, and how those roles interact with one another. In addition to learning new music class members will be able to work on essential jamming techniques such as leading a tune and learning songs on the fly.
Class members should have basic knowledge of chords, and be comfortable learning music by ear or with sheet music. All musicians – instruments and voices – are welcome!
This class will be held from 8:00-9:15pm ET on Mondays, March 11, 18, 25, April 1, 8
Please note: The class will be held at The Passim School of Music which is located at 26 Church St. Cambridge, MA. Classrooms are located on the third floor and, unfortunately, we do not have an elevator.
Limited to students 16 yrs of age or older; Pre-sales are highly encouraged! Online sale end 2 hours before the class begins. Tickets can be purchased at the door. before the class begins. 4 students are required for this class to meet. If a class is cancelled due to low enrollment, you will be notified and receive a full refund.
Maxfield Anderson is an American roots multi-instrumentalist, teacher, writer and music director, currently living in Somerville, MA. As an artist, Maxfield aims to bring new light to honored traditions and to share the joy of making music with others.
Growing up in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Maxfield’s home was filled with an array of musical styles. After years of playing violin, his attention was taken hold by bluegrass and western swing fiddle, quickly leading him to discover the mandolin. He moved to Boston to study mandolin and American roots music at Berklee College of Music. Additionally, Max is a proficient guitar player, and after a year of isolation, finally broke down and added clawhammer banjo to the repertoire.
Teaching music has always been a big part of Max’s artistry. He believes that traditional music is an excellent vessel for understanding an instrument and finding your own voice as a musician. Teaching at Club Passim since 2020, Max has taught group courses in Beginner & Intermediate Mandolin, Bluegrass Ensemble (co-taught with Trevin Nelson), and Intro to Tune Writing. He also offers private instruction on mandolin, fiddle, guitar, music theory, and tune writing out of his home studio.
In addition to performing and teaching, Maxfield recently wrote and music directed the ‘Homegrown Stringband’ roots trio at Cedar Point Amusement Park in Sandusky, OH. The trio performed authentic bluegrass, folk, and old time string band music throughout the summer season of 2022.
Maxfield graduated from Berklee College of Music with a BFA in Music Performance. He is an active gigging musician in the Boston music scene, and has toured throughout the Northeast playing listening rooms, ball rooms, bar rooms, back rooms, front porches and festival stages.
Trevin is a professional banjoist and music teacher who specializes in 3-finger and clawhammer styles, as well as, Bluegrass, Old-Time, Folk, Country Blues, Gospel, and American Roots genres. He has performed and opened for Lyle Lovett, Tony Trischka, Pat Pattison, Danny Paisley, Mark Simos and others. Trevin also plays with several local and regional bands including The Ruta Beggars, Turtle Vibe, Westbound to Nowhere, and Amber Wilds, which have appeared at Club Passim, Celtic Sojourn at WGBH, Grey Fox, Joe Val, Podunk, Thomas Point Beach, Northern Lights Bluegrass Festival, The International Bluegrass Music Association, and many more. In addition to music, Trevin is also a certified yoga instructor who teaches health and wellness for musicians. Trevin’s experience performing, recording, and with the somatic disciplines makes him a unique and dynamic teacher for all ages and skill levels!