Coleman Smith is a world-renowned crossover violinist. Coleman, a 30-plus-year veteran of violin performance and education, blends an understanding of classical, jazz, folk, country, and bluegrass elements into his performances and workshops. In this workshop, we will take a look at violin/fiddle techniques, discuss topics of music theory, work on different accompaniment styles, and improvisation. Students will also learn and choose from a variety of pre-prepared songs. It will be a totally interactive experience where students can ask specific questions and everyone will be encouraged to participate and create beautiful music together. This workshop is perfect for anyone looking to gain an understanding of his or her instrument no matter their skill level or age. While studying music at the college level Coleman was able to double major in both music performance and music pedagogy. This has allowed him to build a reputation for being one of the leading educators/performers within the acoustics music scene in both Colorado and beyond. Coleman is also a founding member of the Colorado-based Bluegrass group Rapidgrass, and also regularly performs with David Lawrence & the Spoonful, Gypsy Cattle Drive, and the Bluegrass Journeymen. Coleman has had the honor of sharing the stage with a plethora of incredible musicians ranging from Leftover Salmon to Dierks Bently, Roy Williams & The Human Hands, Billy Cardine, Jeff Austin Band, Pheobe Hunt & The Gatherers, Grant Farm, and most recently Billy Strings. He has over a decade of experience both teaching and running music education programs in the US as well as abroad in India and Europe. In 2018 Coleman moved his music school Coletrain Music Academy from Decatur, Texas to Buena Vista, Colorado where he serves over 50 students from the Chaffee County.
During the evening breakout group classes, Coleman will be a floating teacher willing to answer specific questions any of the workshop participants might have. At Coletrain Music Academy he currently gives instruction on bass, violin, mandolin, and guitar. If you play any of these instruments and feel like you could use a little one-on-one time just let him know.