Steve Kaufman's Acoustic Kamp

June 16-22, 2024 - Maryville College, Maryville TN

Flatpicking, Swing And Western Swing Rhythm Guitar, Bluegrass Rhythm Guitar, Bluegrass Banjo, Bluegrass Fiddle, Mandolin, Songwriting, Ukulele, Bass, Bluegrass Vocals And Dobro ™

All Of The Instructors Are Well Known For Their Individual And Unique Picking And Teaching Styles. They Were Carefully Chosen For Their Talents- Not Only As Musicians But Also For Their Instructional Expertise, Easy-Going Attitude, And Approach-Ability. Hundreds Of Topics Will Be Discussed, Thoroughly Examined And Instructed.

Flatpicking Team

Flatpicking in Old Time and Traditional Week will have Three Class Groups. All Beginners in one group, Intermediates in another and Advanced in the third group.

All styles of Bluegrass Flatpicking will be taught during Week Two.


Swing and Western Swing Rhythm Guitar

This class will be geared towards intermediate and advanced players and limited to 25.
You must have a great command with basic swing chords to get the most out of this class.

Download Mike Cramer's Helpful Pre Kamp Chords HERE


Bluegrass Guitar Rhythm

This class will be for the guitarist that is very comfortable changing chords and wants to add bass runs, bass walks, a more solid back up, learning how song structures work, backing up the band and backing up a singer and more. For the Beginner and Intermediate guitarist.


Bluegrass Banjo Team

All styles of three finger banjo picking will be taught this week.


Bluegrass Fiddle Team

Three unbelievable Bluegrass Fiddle instructors. This is going to be a great year for Bluegrass Fiddle. Choose your level and get ready for your playing to move on to the next level.


Bluegrass Mandolin Team

All styles of mandolin picking will be taught during this week.


Songwriting Instructor

(Class Size Limited to 15): Learn the craft of songwriting by this Legendary Americana Songwriter.


Ukulele Class

in 2024, we will have Tony A taking on the group. This class is primarily beginners and intermediates and they will all be in one group in the Clayton Center Classroom.


Bass Team

Two unbelievable Bass instructor/performers will teach this year. The class will be divided into Beginner /Lower Intermediate (Group 1) and Upper Intermediate/Advanced (Group 2)
No amps will be provided. It is expected for the student to use an acoustic bass. Basses may be rented from Wilhoit Music and they deliver and pick up. Write them at


Bluegrass Vocals and Harmony

Focusing on the technical aspects of singing - exercises, breathing, control, harmony, melody and all facets of group singing. Students will rotate to each instructor,


Dobro Team

Two unbelievable Resophonic guitar instructors for two class levels.
The class will be divided into Beginner /Lower Intermediate (Group 1) and Upper Intermediate/Advanced (Group 2)
This is going to be a great year for Reso guitar. Choose your level and get ready for your playing to move on to the next level.


Beginner 101 Group Class Instructor (Mandolin, Guitar, Bluegrass Banjo, Dobro (tm), Bass & Fiddle)

This class is designed for someone who just recently got started on the instrument or hasn't even taken it out of the case for the first time.
A gifted instructor will teach all instruments the same songs and chords in a fun, non-competitive, easy pace so that you can get comfortable on your instrument, practice through the year and register next year in the full rotation class.


Kamp Ensemble Coordinator And General Jamming Liaison

Leading the Tune of the Day, The Jam Elements Class, the Medium Jam, The Post Concert Open Mic and the infamous Band Scramble. Note: Keith is asking for volunteer help leading the Isaac's Jam on a few nights. Talk to Keith at Kamp if you are interested.


Kamp Massage Therapist

Leslie Ann Johnson and Michael L. Levi, LMT will be back in 2022. They are Licensed Massage Therapists on hand to take care of those aches and pains. We gotta take care of those arms, hands and shoulders AND our spouses. Everyone gets pampered at SKAK


Kamp Slow Jam and Fiddle Jam Koordinator And Kamp Ensemble Koordinator

We have a special Slow Jam and Beginner's Jam Koordinator on hand to help you wake up in the mornings.
David Firestine will Host these classes.
Scheduled Old Time Jams are:

8:30-9:30am - Slow Jam - Roughly 100 BPM
1-1:45pm Mid-Day Jam. Open to all levels
4:15-5:15 -Medium Jam. Open to All Levels
9:30-10:30 - Beginner's Jam


Luthiers and Kamp Doctors

One of the country's best luthiers will be on hand to tweak, glue, bend, stretch, mend, refret and more to your instrument.

Donnie Barbra, our Kamp Doctor, will do pick-ups and returns and work from his Maryville shop this year - 2021.


Morning Mountain Dulcimer

Mike teaches this special class is for all levels of players interested in Mountain Dulcimer. It is a one hour class each morning Monday through Thursday 8:30-9:30am. There is an added charge of $35 for the class. A limited number of rental dulcimers are available for $35.00 for the week with cost going towards purchase.