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Ready to learn the Banjo or improve your playing skills? – then our experienced Banjo instructor is ready to help! Rancho Canyon Music offers lessons at all levels – beginner, intermediate, and advanced!

Banjo Instructor


Downs Thompson

Downs is truly a world-class musician and instructor. In addition to a busy private teaching schedule at R.C.M. and his voluteer work in our local school music programs, Downs currently performs live as the fiddle player for country music superstar Clay Walker. He graduated from Bucknell University with a B.A. in Music, and has studied privately with Violin masters in the U.S. as well as Europe. Downs has performed on more than 50 albums in six different countries; he has done Film work with pianist Claude Bolling, among others; he has contributed to 3 books focusing on Irish, Celtic and Bluegrass music. Additionally, he has played the Grand Ol' Opry many times, and has shared the stage with music stars such as Charlie Daniels, Shelby Lynne, Larry Coryell, Brett Mason, Rhett Akins, Charly McCoy, and lots more!

Downs joined the Rancho Canyon Music staff in 2005.

Downs' standard tuition rate is $40 per lesson - 1 lesson each week for 30 minutes

Please call us at (949) 589-7688 for availability and more specific tuition questions.

Located in Rancho Santa Margarita and near to Mission Viejo, Foothill Ranch, Dove Canyon, Coto de Caza, Ladera Ranch, Trabuco Canyon, and more. Come on by and start your private Banjo instruction, today!

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