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Music Lessons and Theory
I've been playing music professionally for nearly seven years, and in that time I've become proficient on several instruments including the banjo, guitar, mandolin, and bass. I play various styles of banjo including bluegrass, clawhammer, and minstrel and have won awards including first place at the Union Grove Youth Banjo contest, the Highfalls Fiddlers Convention, and the Star Fiddlers Convention. As a bluegrass instrumentalist and vocalist, I've fronted two bands including Stonewashed Bluegrass Band and Davidson's very own ensemble, the Catawba Riverkings, which took 3rd place at the South Carolina State Bluegrass Band Championship in 2017. Although I specialize in bluegrass and old time music, I've played in a variety of ensembles, and I am fluent in many styles. I play both acoustic and electric guitar styles including blues, flatpick, country, jazz, and rock and roll, and I've performed for Christian contemporary and traditional church services. My most recent CD project, Lyre and Sword, is my first solo recording and was generously funded by the Davidson Research Initiative. In this collection of authentic Civil War tunes, I play banjo, guitar, bones, and sing lead vocals and harmonies. I am available for lessons and sessions on banjo, guitar, mandolin, bass, voice, and music theory.
Voice & Piano
Monica Smith Gelinas
Monica is a certified music teacher K-12 in North Carolina and Tennessee and has taught music in both states from the preschool level through middle school. She has also taught middle and high school intellectually gifted students; elementary and middle school French; early childhood music, French, and theatre; and college level remedial English
grammar and composition and other humanities. She grew up in the Brighton section of Boston,
Massachusetts and graduated with a B.A. in Music Education from Westfield State College where she was also able to continue coursework in French language and literature to add to the years studying French in elementary, middle school, and high school, including a high school summer study in France. She also earned a Master of Education degree in Administration and Supervision from Middle Tennessee State University. She studied Russian language and literature for eight semesters at The University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee. Monica moved to Davidson in 2009 after her husband accepted a position at Davidson College. She has conducted choirs of children and adults, performed in community musical theatre and operettas, sings in the Choral Arts Society of Davidson, and is a church music leader. In addition to loving making music with people of all ages, she enjoys travel and has traveled throughout the United States, Canada, England, France, locations in the Caribbean, and the Republic of Kiribati.