At Tunefox we believe you play, learn, and practice because of those who inspire you. They are creators who have cultivated their individual voices as musicians and we want to provide an experience, online and in person, that empowers you to do the same.
Our goal at camp is to have you learning hands on, to move you out of your comfort zone and help you hone your voice as a musician. You'll play for each other, practice with each other and use the unique environment of being around a community of musicians to spark your next level of playing.
Unique to camp Tunefox these group rehearsals are designated for hands on practice and feedback for the skills you’re learning in classes. We want to push you out of your comfort zone to play for and with others. Scheduled daily for you and 5 other musicians, with two of each instrument represented, you’ll get feedback from all of our teachers throughout the weekend during these rehearsals. Every group will get to perform live at our closeout concert on Saturday evening.
Rather than skimming the surface of many different topics lets dive deep into mastery of 3 essential skills - back up and chords, melody, and improvisation. Arrive at Camp knowing exactly what you’ll be honing in on and get excited for all the learning that will happen.
Franklin Method: Each morning Franklin Method Instructor Emily Sullivan will help you explore and understand the functional anatomy of your body as it pertains to holding and playing an instrument. It’s an anatomy lesson and a meditation all-in-one!
Our teachers have been chosen so you get equal doses of traditional and progressive playing styles. Each day you’ll be immersed in learning experiences that’ll change the way you approach your instrument in the practice room and at the jam.
Bennett, life long musician with Southern roots, is a North Carolina-based composer, educator, and entrepreneur. He has performed and recorded with Steve Martin, Edie Brickell, Ben Sollee, Maria Muldaur, Elle King, and more.
Ben is a banjo player, composer and ethnomusicologist. He teaches music at Warren Wilson College in Swannanoa, NC.
Whether he is playing fast or slow, rhythm or lead, he knows how to speak through his guitar in a way that connects with his audience on an emotional level.
Award winning vocalist for the Kenny and Amanda Smith band.
One of the most influential young voices in bluegrass mandolin and a respected teacher of traditional and modern mandolin styles.
An old soul with the drive and curiosity of a young person, Tristan holds a strong belief in learning the history of bluegrass as well as creating an open and inclusive space for the music moving forward.
Camp Tunefox is both an immersive learning experience and a gathering of bluegrass students interested in learning, technology and community. Here are three areas where Camp Tunefox goes beyond the “normal camp” to share something completely different with the campers:
Never tried Tunefox before or want to learn and practice with your favorite songs? We’ll have dedicated rooms hooked up with iPads all ready for you to take your practice to the next level.
To supplement your learning you’ll receive a free year of Tunefox, which includes songs, licks, and lessons for bluegrass banjo, guitar, mandolin, and bass.
After Camp, we’ll send out recorded lessons with the teachers reviewing a topic covered in your classes at camp. This way you’ll have something tangible to work with in the weeks after camp.
The closing concert on Saturday May 16th is an open to the public celebration of our weekend together. It's a chance for you to play on stage after being inspired for three days, to see your fellow campers and teachers jam and come together for the reason we all play music.
Our concert will be hosted by the legendary Black Mountain music venue, White Horse, Black Mountain. Invite your friends and family to join us for this exciting evening of music!
The class size will be 8-10 students per teacher to allow for hands-on learning and individual attention. Instruction will feature a unique blend of traditional bluegrass techniques mixed with progressive improvisational concepts following along with each day’s theme.
The classes will be 60 minutes long so the teacher can give focused attention to the daily theme and so you and the teachers avoid “camp burnout” by the final day. The daily practice session will give you a chance to review any materials that you learned in the morning session.
Click here to download a detailed Camp schedule.
Camp Tuition is $700. Sign up before March 1st for the early bird enrollment price of $625 ($75 off).
For lodging, you can choose to stay on campus at the Winsborough, either in a private room or with a roommate. The total cost for a private room (with shared bath) and full meal plan is $350 for 5 days/4 nights, which includes taxes.
You can also find your own rental in Black Mountain or Montreat and commute to camp.
Lodging and meals are handled through Montreat’s booking website, which we will provide a link to after you submit your Camp Tuition payment. Commuters will use this page to select their meal plan.
If you plan to bring a friend or family member that is not a musician but wants to enjoy the weekend, you'll see an option to add a ticket and reserve boarding for them when you check out.
Montreat is one of those hidden gems of the Blue Ridge Mountains. It’s 20 minutes away from the heart of Asheville and 90 minutes away from Charlotte airport. The camp will be held on the Montreat Campus, surrounded by streams and hiking trails which provide and endless amount of inspiration for learning music.
Asheville Regional Airport (AVL) Charlotte-Douglas Intl Airport (CTL), and Greenville, SC (GSP) are all close options.
Lodging - If you are staying at camp you'll arrive in Montreat at the Winsborough to check in for your room on Wednesday anytime between 3pm EST and 5:30pm EST.
If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to get in touch using this contact form! Someone from our team will get back to you within 24 hours.