Classes. Teachers. Registration.
Class Information / Details
New 8-Week Term begins:
Tue., May 2nd and Wed., May 3rd
Please review class offerings below, and use the form at right to register. Each class is one hour and forty-five minutes long, once a week: a ‘term’ is eight weeks long.
WHEN: Tuesday & Wednesday evening, 7:00pm – 8:45pm
LOCATION: Oakhurst Baptist Church
222 E. Lake Drive, Decatur, 30030
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COST: 8-Week Class Term
Tuesday – May 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30; June 6, 13 & 20
Wednesday – May 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31; June 7, 14 & 21
$130 per student per 8-week class term
NOTE: FHS Members receive a $10 discount.
Click here for information about membership and benefits!
Pay your class fee online, or by check:
Pay online with PayPal – You may pay your registration fee online at the same time you register, via our secure PayPal page (you may use any major credit card; and you do not need to create a PayPal account).
Pay by Check: Alternately, you may register online, and then mail in your check, if you prefer.
Make your check payable to: “Frank Hamilton School”
Mail to: Frank Hamilton School, P.O. Box 3645, Decatur, GA 30031
After you submit the registration form, you will receive a Registration Confirmation email from us with details about the class term you registered for. If you do not receive your confirmation email or have any other issues, questions or concerns, please contact us right away. Thank you.
GUITAR Level One - TUE, WED
GUITAR Level Two - TUE, WED
GUITAR Level Three - TUE
BANJO Level One - WED
BANJO Level Two - TUE
FIDDLE - TUE
UKULELE - WED
MANDOLIN - TUE
VOCAL HARMONY - TUE
Specialty ClassesWe offer a rotation of specialized classes to keep things interesting! If the class you like isn't being offered this term, check back in the future—we'll be bringing it back!
MELODY & IMPROVISATION - WED
PLAYING IN A GROUP - (Coming again soon!)
SONGWRITING - (Coming again soon!)
Max’s first love is traditional American music. He has led workshops on worksongs and other call-and-response songs at colleges, farms, and community centers all over the northeast, including Sheepscot General, Whitefield ME; Williams College; Full Plate Farm Collective, Ithaca NY; Common Ground Farm, Beacon NY; Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation, Williamstown MA; SUNY New Paltz; and Billings Forge Community Works, Hartford CT. He has also taught worksongs and old-time fiddle at the Folk Music Society of New York Spring weekend 2014.
Max’s vision is to give his students the tools they need to play by ear, play with others, improvise, and teach themselves. He makes it fun and easy for people learn together by using a call-and-response teaching method that develops a strong connection between ear, voice, and instrument. Then it’s natural to learn new music and join in with any group, and to play or sing well, too!
Max regularly performs in Atlanta at Freedom Farmers Market at the Carter Center, Grant Park Farmers Market, East Atlanta Farmers Market, Root City Pop-up Markets, and The Pullman in Kirkwood. Max’s essays on worksongs have been published in Taproot (Issue 13) and on Bennett Konesni’s worksongs.org.
Facebook pages for Max’s current projects:
Max Godfrey (Solo performance, lessons, writing, and workshops)
Max teaches Old-time American fiddle styles, clawhammer banjo and country-blues and folk guitar privately. You can contact him about lessons at email@example.com, or maxgodfrey.me or 404 218 4707.
Jeff has been playing music since taking up the trumpet in middle school. Highlights of his four years in the high school marching band include a stint on tuba and meeting his wife. Jeff also began playing guitar in high school. When Jeff’s children were younger, neighbor Frank Hamilton recommended the ukulele for them. The kids didn’t learn the instrument, but Jeff did. The ukulele led to banjo and then a return to guitar. Over the years, Jeff has spent countless hours sharing music with school-aged children and adult peers.
Jeff approaches music lessons as a collaboration between teacher and student. By nurturing a rapport with his students, he can shape his classes to satisfy the individual tastes and goals of everyone in the group. In his class you’ll develop not just as an instrumentalist, but as a musician; learning by ear will give you the both the ability to play the songs you’ll learn from Jeff, but the capacity to play along with songs you don’t know!
Fritz has played and taught guitar for over 40 years and has performed folk music and “songs of the heart” in halls, coffee houses and bars for about as long as a singer/songwriter. He has taught private and group lessons in local music shops. Fritz loves to kindle the light of musical passion in his students, and his warm, relaxed teaching style reflects the pleasure he takes in bringing people and new music together.
Fritz studied classical guitar and music theory with Lyster Bass (Lyster currently teaches at Maple Street Guitars in Atlanta). During that time he played in the master class seminar at Emory University.
Fritz also enjoys playing ukulele, octave mandolin, mandola and harmonica. His luthier work includes restoring and repairing acoustic stringed instruments in the violin, guitar and mandolin families.