Welcome to Nashville Acoustic Camps.
We believe that bluegrass and old time music are for everyone and we hope to foster an environment of inclusivity and tolerance at all of our camps and events. No one will ever be turned away from our house based on race, religion (or lack thereof), gender, orientation, or identity. It is our goal to help bridge the gaps between people by sharing and playing music together.
Nashville Acoustic Camps and Covid 19
All of our camps fall within the most recent gathering numbers guidelines for the state of Tennessee. We require all attendees be fully vaccinated. We will utilize outdoor spaces as much as possible for classes and meals. If you have signed up for an upcoming camp and chose on-site lodging but would now prefer to stay elsewhere, please contact us and we can make that change and adjust your fee accordingly. Our bunk rooms do accommodate up to six people so keep that in mind when making your lodging decision. Scroll down for more details about the lodging but we are also more than happy to answer all your questions. Click here to email us.
What is the lodging like?
This is a house camp. It is held in our home, a large place on a couple acres out in the woods just north of Nashville proper. The beds are bunk style and each room houses up to six people. There are regular bathrooms and a shower (Everyone shares a couple of showers and yes, you do have to do some strategic scheduling, but it generally works out just fine.) in the house as well as a cabin on the property. The bunks are comfortable and we provide all the bedding and towels. But make no mistake, it is a house and therefore you will be sharing your space with other people. That is what makes this camp so special. Many of the instructors will be staying in the house with you and you will get to actually spend quality time with everyone involved.
What are the age parameters for camp?
You must be 18 years or older to attend our camps.
Are there single rooms available or rooms for couples?
Currently, we do not have rooms available for couples, or single, unshared rooms. However, you are welcome to put up your own tent in a flat shady area in the yard. You would pay the full lodging price and have access to all the showers and the full three meals a day, etc.
If I don't get in to the on-site lodging or would rather have a little more space to myself, where should I stay?
The closest hotel is the Deerfield Inn in Greenbrier, TN. It is nothing fancy but it's close (5 minute drive), clean, and comfortable. Tell them the music camp sent you. Prices are very reasonable. Also, any hotel in Goodlettsville, TN (which is a little closer to civilization) is about a 12 minute drive and there are several familiar chain hotels available. There are also many Air BnB options around the area. Look for Ridgetop, TN and work out from there. If you choose to stay off-site, you are still welcome to participate in every single camp activity, day or night. You will be responsible for your own breakfast and dinner but can stay and jam at camp as late as you'd like. If you would like to have all your meals at camp but stay off-site, that's an extra $50 (or $25 for just dinners) and you can choose those options when you pay your balance.
What if I have food allergies or dietary restrictions?
Just let us know. We'll work with you. When it comes to allergies, we'll make sure you're safe while you're here. If you are vegetarian, vegan, dairy-free, gluten-free, paleo, carb-counting, non-GMO, or otherwise, we totally respect your decision but we are a small camp with an even smaller kitchen staff. To be safe, you should consider bringing some "go-to" foods to have on hand and we'll make room in the fridge.
When should I arrive?
If you're driving yourself to camp, arrival time is any time after 5 p.m. on Thursday evening. If you are a day camper you're welcome to stop in Thursday evening for a welcome jam and some delicious supper. You can also just arrive before the start of classes Friday morning at 9 a.m. If you are flying in, please schedule a flight that arrives after 5 p.m. on Thursday evening, send us your itinerary, and we'll come get you from the airport. If we are inundated with too many airport pickups at any particular camp, we reserve the right to connect several of you so you can share an Uber up to camp. There is no public transportation and taking a cab from the airport is an expensive option. Also, if your flight arrives really late or you won't be able to fit in the airport pickup parameters for some other reason, we would also suggest getting an Uber up to camp. Address and directions can be found on the Essentials and Contact pages of this website.
When should I plan my escape?
If you are flying, plan your flight to leave after 3p.m. on Sunday. If you are driving, you'll be done with classes at around noon on Sunday and you are free to pack up and head home with all your new knowledge at that point!
If I'm coming early or staying late to visit Nashville, do you have any recommendations for where to stay and what to do?
If you are interested in spending some extra time in Nashville either before or after camp, consider contacting my friend Jeff Burke. email@example.com Jeff (and our friend Rachel Combs) has created a sort of acoustic music concierge service where you can attend jams, get private lessons, and have some unique Nashville experiences, all based on your own specific interests. If you're looking to get the most out of your trip here, I'd highly recommend looking into this option.
We recommend this Air Bnb. It's on Music Row and very near downtown.
We recommend this travel blog for great ideas for sightseeing and eating and all the fun Nashville things.
Do I need to be able to read music or tab?
No. Most camp classes are "call and response" style so the most important thing you need is a desire to learn and the patience to know that sometimes you might not process every piece of information the week of camp. That's OK, just bring a recording device (your smartphone is perfect for this job) and you can enjoy learning and revisiting the information all through the year after camp!
What level player should I be before I can attend?
We prefer for all campers to be able to pick/play a few tunes already and to be able to play basic rhythm. If you're a brand new beginner you may find things a little more challenging. (Unless the camp you're looking at is called a "beginner camp" in which case, feel free to buy your instrument on the way to camp and we'll get you started!) However, we want everyone to get something out of camp so we try to tailor classes to your ability. If you are feeling overwhelmed during camp, or maybe like things are going too slow (either way!), let us know and we will work to fit you into a more appropriate class. We always have extra teachers and helpers available to help you get up to speed but if you are just starting on an instrument, please let us know so we can make sure that particular camp is a good fit for you.
How does registration work?
We have two kinds of camp registration. Some camps are "first come first served" and whoever registers and pays a deposit gets in until we get up the total number of campers we're taking at that event. For these camps, we do allow previous campers to register early. They get a head start, before registration is open to the general public. We have recently added some camps that are "lottery style" registration. We take the names of people who are interested in attending and then we draw names and inform those people that they've gotten in. We give them a couple of weeks to register and if any of them are not able to attend, we draw new names and inform those people. Almost all of our camps sell out fairly quickly and we end up with waiting lists. We often have spots come open as we get closer to camp so we always recommend getting on the waiting list for a camp you'd like to attend, if it is sold out. We also tend to give special dispensation to people who have been on waiting lists in the past, when it comes to registration in a following year.
What's the scoop with refunds and final payment and all that?
Here's the deal. We are pretty tough on this part because with the camps being so small and there being waiting lists for just about every camp we host (Thank you for that, we're so grateful for the interest!) we have to be pretty strict about refunds and balances being paid on time. This allows us to continue to get the greatest teachers in all the land and notify those people on the waiting list in time for them to make travel arrangements.
*Deposits are due at registration. Your spot is not secure until your deposit is paid.
*Camp fee balance is due 60 days before camp starts. You will get plenty of notice and reminding.
*Deposits are non-refundable.
*If you pay the whole balance at the time of registration but need to cancel, you will be refunded your fee, minus the non-refundable deposit, as long as you cancel before 60 days prior to camp.
*If you need to cancel within the 60 day prior to camp mark, we will not be able to refund your money. We will endeavor to use your camp fee to help scholarship a camper who might need a little extra financial assistance to attend camp.
*If you do not pay your balance by the deadline, your spot will be given to another camper and your deposit will not be refunded.