Hilary Hawke

Hilary H.

Brooklyn, NY

Lesson Details



Hilary delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 15 to 80

Teaching since:
July 2004

Hi there! I would love to get you rolling and strumming along. I can help you with whatever your goals are, whether you are a beginner, intermediate, advanced, or learning from scratch. I work with my different kinds of people with many different goals and interests!
I also host a slow jam in the Brooklyn area that can get you playing with other banjo players, fiddlers, guitarists, singers, learning repertoire, etc..
I would love to get you started!
Although I am new to this website I have been performing in NYC for 12 years and teaching banjo for 10. Please check out my website (www(dot)hilaryhawkemusic.com) for bio and more info if needed since that is where I keep the most updated stuff. I am versatile and knowledgable in many different styles of banjo playing from oldtime clawhammer, scruggs style bluegrass, folk, country swing, to singer songwriter,etc.. Just let me know your thoughts! I have a bachelors and masters degree in music education.
I only teach Wed-Saturday and recommend an hour lesson length. That is the standard for adult lessons and I think it will benefit you the most! Thank you for taking a look! Best, Hilary

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Banjo Player and band for Alabama radio station's theme song
Jan 2016 - Present
Folk alley

Banjo player for TV show theme song- Escaping Polygamy
Jan 2014 - Present
A & E network

Teaching Artist
Jan 2007 - Present
various schools and workshops in NY and NJ

Banjo Player, vocalist, and bassist in numerous projects throughout NYC
Jan 2004 - Present
The Chapin Sisters, M Shanghai Stringband, Dubl Handi, the Maybelles,

Substitute banjo player in Bright Star on Broadway
Jan 2016 - May 2016
Steve Martin and Edie Brickell

Banjo Player in Oklahoma
Jan 2015 - Jul 2015
Rodgers and Hammerstein re-imagined by Daniel Fish and Summerscape at Bard College


Masters in Arts and Music Education
Jan 2010 - May 2013
Columbia University
Bachelor of Music
Jan 1998 - May 2004
Crane School of Music-SUNY Potsdam


International Bluegrass Music Association
Jan 2010

IBMA is the trade association that connects and educates bluegrass professionals, empowers the bluegrass community, and encourages worldwide appreciation of bluegrass music of yesterday, today and tomorrow.

American Federation of Musicians
Jan 2010

A labor union representing professional musicians in the United States and Canada. Founding in 1896 as the successor to the "National League of Musicians," the AFM is the largest organization in the world representing the interests of professional musicians.

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Photos & Videos

Show in Liverpool, UK with Dubl Handi
Photo by Hilary H.

My band -Dubl Handi playing Red Rocking Chair in the Brooklyn Bridge Park

3 Reviews

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Davey Dec 31, 2016
Banjo · In studio

Hilary is an amazing teacher. Very patient and knowledgeable. She really knows so much about all different styles of old classic American folk music. Hilary is a very inspiring musician and teacher. Most importantly, Her teaching style, allows you to have fun learning the instrument on all different skill levels!

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Mike Dec 30, 2016
Banjo · In studio

I am a fan of Hilary! She is a great banjo player, and I have seen her play a million times. I just recently started taking scruggs style banjo lessons and she is teaching me some of the most popular banjo songs to help my technique. She also starts each lesson with exercises for my right and left hands before we jump into songs.
I really look forward to each lesson!

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Megan Dec 30, 2016
Banjo · In studio

Hilary is an outstanding teacher! She really is one of the most patient people I've ever met, and seems to really care about what I'm learning. All I can say is I wish I had her as a teacher sooner!

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