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Monroe Crossing Educational Programs
Sharing our love of Bluegrass music

Monroe Crossing has become well recognized in the field of Bluegrass education. We've been doing school programs, jam camps, group lessons, festival workshops, and facilitating jams for as long as we've been a band. We can tailor our curriculum to fit your audience and time constraints.

Multimedia History of Bluegrass

We've expanded our "History of Bluegrass" presentation into a full multi-media extravaganza. The program is designed to expand the audience's understanding and apprectiation for this uniquely American art form through live performances, slides and videos of the early greats of bluegrass. Everyone will leave more knowledgable about the musicians and instruments that define the "Bluegrass Sound."

This program has been successful performed for all ages. We travel self-contained and provide all the technical requirements. A minimum 20' x 8' stage area is required.

Educational "Jam" Camps

Great for beginners and experienced players alike, our jam camps are designed to sharpen your playing and expand your understanding and appreciation for Bluegrass. You'll learn a little history, understand the harmonies that make Bluegrass unique, receive ability appropriate instruction on your instrument and participate in a band setting by the end of camp. We've led camps for all ages and abilities and from three to five days in length.

Group Lessons and Facilitated Jams

If a Jam Camp is too big of a committment, we can do extensive instrument or vocal workshops that last an hour or two. We can also lead your players through a jam session. These are frequently done in conjuction with an artist in residency program allowing us to work with specific groups segregated by age or ability.

Festival Workshops

Given our strong background in education, festival workshops are a natural for us. If we're playing your festival, ask if we're available!

Upcoming Educations Programs

Here are some of the education programs we've done
2016-09-29 Great River Public Library--Elk River
in Elk River MN
* 2014-09-26 History of Bluegrass Program
Indus Public Schools in Northome/Int MN
* 2014-09-25 History of Bluegrass Program
International Falls Public Schools in International Falls MN
* 2014-04-11 History of Bluegrass Program
Zumbrota High School Auditorium in Zumbrota MN
2014-04-10 Private Event
Kennedy Elementary School in Hastings MN
2014-04-10 History of Bluegrass Program (students & staff only)
Kennedy Elementary School in Hastings MN
* 2014-03-21 History of Bluegrass Program
Morris Area Schools Concert Hall in Morris MN
* 2014-03-06 History of Bluegrass Program
Washington Auditorium, Ely High School in Ely MN
* 2014-02-14 History of Bluegrass Program
Tri-City United High School in Montgomery MN
* 2013-12-06 History of Bluegrass Program
Luverne High School Auditorium in Luverne MN
* 2013-12-02 History of Bluegrass Program
Dassel-Cokato Performing Arts Center in Cokato MN
* 2013-11-04 History of Bluegrass Program
Ulen-Hitterdal Public School in Ulen MN
* 2013-10-15 History of Bluegrass Program
Taylors Falls Elementary School in Taylors Falls MN
2013-09-12 History of Bluegrass Program
Mora High School Auditorium in Mora MN
* 2013-08-21 Mini-Bluegrass Camp
A Center for the Arts in Fergus Falls MN
* 2013-03-22 History of Bluegrass Program
James W Mann Center for the Performing Arts in New York Mills MN
* 2013-03-21 History of Bluegrass Program
Benson Junior High School Auditorium in Benson MN
2013-02-22 History of Bluegrass Program
Staples-Motley High School Choir Room in Staples MN
2013-02-09 History of Bluegrass Program
Pequot Lakes High School Choir Room in Pequot Lakes MN
2013-02-01 History of Bluegrass Program
Jackson County Central HS Audtiorium in Jackson MN
* 2012-11-29 History of Bluegrass Program
Marshall Junior High School in Marshall MN
2012-11-16 History of Bluegrass Program
North Star Academy in Duluth MN
* 2012-10-26 History of Bluegrass Program
Edge Center for the Arts in Bigfork MN
2012-10-12 History of Bluegrass Program
Minnewaska Area High School in Glenwood MN
2012-09-21 History of Bluegrass Program
International Falls High School in International Falls MN
2012-09-15 Bluegrass Workshops & Public Jam Session
Bethel Church in Willmar MN
* 2012-08-09 Community Outreach Program
Emmanuel Community in Detroit Lakes MN
* 2012-06-22 Bluegrass in the Schools Program
St John's University in Collegeville MN
2012-04-27 Bluegrass in the Schools
Fond du Lac High School Performing Arts Center in Fond du Lac WI
* 2012-04-20 Bluegrass in the Schools Program
Wabasha-Kellogg Schools in Wabasha MN
2012-03-06 Bluegrass in the Schools
Stanley Clark School in South Bend IN
2012-03-05 Bluegrass Presentation--St Mary's College music majors
Moreau Center for the Arts, Room 114 in Notre Dame IN
2011-10-28 Bluegrass in the Schools
Arrowhead Center for the Arts in Grand Marais MN
2011-08-11 MBOTMA Bluegrass Jam Camp
El Rancho Manana Campground in Richmond MN
2011-08-10 MBOTMA Bluegrass Jam Camp
El Rancho Manana Campground in Richmond MN
2011-08-09 MBOTMA Bluegrass Jam Camp
El Rancho Manana Campground in Richmond MN
2011-03-21 Bluegrass in the Schools
Prairie du Chien HS Gymnasium in Prairie du Chein WI
2009-02-27 Bluegrass in the Schools
Staples-Motley Area Public Schools in Staples MN
2009-02-26 Bluegrass in the Schools
Staples-Motley Area Public Schools in Staples MN
2009-02-09 Bluegrass in the Schools
North Forrest HS Performing Arts Center in Hattiesburg MS
2008-08-07 MBOTMA Bluegrass Jam Camp
El Rancho Manana in Richmond MN
2008-08-06 MBOTMA Bluegrass Jam Camp
El Rancho Manana in Richmond MN
2008-08-05 MBOTMA Bluegrass Jam Camp
El Rancho Manana in Richmond MN
2008-04-17 History of Bluegrass School Program
Moose Lake Community Schools Auditorium in Moose Lake MN
2007-08-26 Mt Morris Bluegrass Jam Camp
Mt Morris Camp & Conference Center in Wautoma WI
2007-08-25 Mt Morris Bluegrass Jam Camp
Mt Morris Camp & Conference Center in Wautoma WI
2007-08-24 Mt Morris Bluegrass Jam Camp
Mt Morris Camp & Conference Center in Wautoma WI
2007-07-15 DO NORTH Bluegrass Jam Camp
Oak Hills Retreat & Conference Center in Bemidji MN
2007-07-14 DO NORTH Bluegrass Jam Camp
Oak Hills Retreat & Conference Center in Bemidji MN
2007-07-13 DO NORTH Bluegrass Jam Camp
Oak Hills Retreat & Conference Center in Bemidji MN
2006-11-16 Ladysmith Public School Lyceum
Ladysmith High School Auditorium in Ladysmith WI
2006-06-25 Mt Morris Bluegrass Jam Camp
Mt Morris Camp & Conference Center in Wautoma WI
2006-06-24 Mt Morris Bluegrass Jam Camp
Mt Morris Camp & Conference Center in Wautoma WI
2006-06-23 Mt Morris Bluegrass Jam Camp
Mt Morris Camp & Conference Center in Wautoma WI
2006-06-04 DO NORTH Bluegrass Jam Camp
Oak Hills Retreat & Conference Center in Bemidji MN
2006-06-03 DO NORTH Bluegrass Jam Camp
Oak Hills Retreat & Conference Center in Bemidji MN
2006-06-02 DO NORTH Bluegrass Jam Camp
Oak Hills Retreat & Conference Center in Bemidji MN
2006-04-02 BOTMAND Bluegrass Workshop **VENUE CHANGE**
Jamestown HS in Jamestown ND
2005-08-11 MBOTMA Bluegrass Jam Camp
El Rancho Manana in Richmond MN
2005-08-10 MBOTMA Bluegrass Jam Camp
El Rancho Manana in Richmond MN
2005-08-09 MBOTMA Bluegrass Jam Camp
El Rancho Manana in Richmond MN
2005-07-17 Do North Bluegrass Camp
Oak Hills Bible College Campus in Bemidji MN
2005-07-16 Do North Bluegrass Camp
Oak Hills Bible College Campus in Bemidji MN
2005-07-15 Do North Bluegrass Camp
Oak Hills Bible College Campus in Bemidji MN
2005-03-06 MBOTMA Grass Seeds Kids Academy Showcase
Radisson Hotel and Conference Center in Plymouth MN
2005-03-06 MBOTMA Grass Seeds Kids Academy
Radisson Hotel and Conference Center in Plymouth MN
2005-03-05 MBOTMA Grass Seeds Kids Academy
Radisson Hotel and Conference Center in Plymouth MN
2005-03-04 MBOTMA Grass Seeds Kids Academy
Radisson Hotel and Conference Center in Plymouth MN
2004-07-18 Do North Bluegrass Jam Camp
Oak Hills Bible College Campus in Bemidji MN
2004-07-17 Do North Bluegrass Jam Camp
Oak Hills Bible College Campus in Bemidji MN
2004-07-16 Do North Bluegrass Jam Camp
Oak Hills Bible College Campus in Bemidji MN
2004-07-09 Missouri River Bluegrass Camp
Cross Ranch State Park in Washburn ND
2004-07-08 Missouri River Bluegrass Camp
Cross Ranch State Park in Washburn ND
2004-07-07 Missouri River Bluegrass Camp
Cross Ranch State Park in Washburn ND
2004-06-05 MN Homegrown Kickoff Song Arrangement Workshop
El Rancho Manana Campground in Richmond MN
2004-03-06 MBOTMA Winter Bluegrass Weekend Gospel Workshop
Radisson Conference Center Green Room in Plymouth MN
2003-08-07 MBOTMA Bluegrass Jam Camp
El Rancho Mañana in Richmond MN
2003-08-06 MBOTMA Bluegrass Jam Camp
El Rancho Mañana in Richmond MN
2003-08-05 MBOTMA Bluegrass Jam Camp
El Rancho Mañana in Richmond MN
* The asterisk indicates that "“This activity is funded, in part, by the Minnesota State Arts Board through the arts and cultural heritage fund as appropriated by the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the Legacy Amendment vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008."