Come experience a Coletrain Music Workshop
and see what all the buzz is about.

October 9-11, 2020 | Buena Vista, CO

Buena Vista is located in central Colorado between Salida and Leadville in the Upper Arkansas River Valley. This charming rafting town sits at an elevation of 7,965 feet (2,428 m) and offers free camping with majestic views of the Collegiate Peaks and boasts unlimted adventure with rafting, fishing, hiking, biking and much more.  Located just 2.5 hours from the Denver International Airport, 2 hours from Colorado Springs and Crested Butte and just 1.5 from Breckenridge, Buena Vista will not only inspire you, it will put a song in your heart.

Who is this workshop for?

Anyone Looking to Gain Knowledge on their Applied Instrument

    • We offer instruction on bluegrass, swing, and old-time styles covering everything from beginner to advanced levels
    • We address issues of technique
    • Insights to Backup and Improvisation
    • Learn some of the most popular songs in bluegrass

Anyone Interested in Ensemble Experience
    • Learn and feel what it’s like to play with a variety of instruments
    • Enjoy open jam sessions geared to beginner and intermediate
    • Experience what it’s like to play in your own bluegrass ensemble with guided instruction

Anyone Interested in How to Build a Better Band
    • Gain a better understanding of strengths and weaknesses within the group
    • Learn time management in the practice setting
    • Learn more about on and off stage etiquette

Anyone Interested in a Mountain Town Getaway
    • Discover the beauty of Buena Vista’s trail system which is ideal for hiking, running or biking
    • Take in an epic fly fishing day or adventure down the Arkansas River kayaking or paddleboarding various times of the year
    • Enjoy dining and shopping in both East Main and South Main areas

The Agenda

{Friday, October 9th}

12pm to 4pm – Welcome Packet Pick-Up & Registration
Located at Coletrain Music Academy | 900 S. Main Street

5pm to 7pm – Group Class & Jam
Located at Coletrain Music Academy | 900 S. Main Street

7pm to 8pm – Band Lab | Practice location will be determined by each group

{Saturday, October  10th}

10am – 12pm – Fiddle Workshop
Located at Coletrain Music Academy | 900 S. Main

10am – 12pm – Guitar Workshop | Location TBD

1pm – 2pm – Lunch / Personal Break

1pm – 3pm – Mandolin Workshop
Located at Coletrain Music Academy | 900 S. Main

1pm – 3pm – Song Writing Workshop | Location TBD

3pm – 4pm – Personal Time

4pm – 6pm – Group Class, All Instruments
Located at Coletrain Music Academy | 900 S. Main

6pm – 7pm – Band Lab | Practice location will be determined by each group

{Sunday, October 11th}

10am – 12pm – Mandolin Workshop | Located at Coletrain Music Academy | 900 S. Main

10am – 12pm – Guitar Workshop | Location TBD

12pm – 1pm – Lunch / Personal Break

1pm – 3pm – Fiddle Workshop | Located at Coletrain Music Academy | 900 S. Main

1pm – 3pm – Song Writing | Location TBD

4pm – 5pm – Group Class | Ivy Ballrooom inside the Surf Hotel

5pm – 6pm – Evening Band Lab | Ivy Ballrooom inside the Surf Hotel

6:30pm – 8:30pm – Student Recital & Ensemble Performance | Ivy Ballrooom inside the Surf Hotel


Get To Know The Faculty

Our faculty are elite performers and experienced educators.


Coleman (Coletrain) Smith

Coleman’s love affair with music began very early on. His mother Karen, a professional ballerina says Coleman has been responding to music since before he was born. Fostering his love of music, his parents bought him his first violin at the tender age of 3 at which time he began studying the Suzuki Violin Method. During his formidable years in the Suzuki Program, Coleman became one of the youngest people ever accepted to the Fort Worth Youth Orchestra, eventually having solo performances with the Dallas Fort Worth Pops Orchestra. Coleman Smith has a degree in music performance and minor in music pedagogy. He has over a decade of experience both teaching and running music education programs and in 2018 launched Coletrain Music Academy in Buena Vista, Colorado. Coleman is also a founding member and fiddle player in the Internationally aclaimed and award-winning band Rapidgrass, established in 2009. Currently, when Coleman is not teaching he travels the world performing including an annual tour throughout Europe and India. LEARN MORE HERE


David Lawrence

Born and Raised in New Jersey, David Lawrence specializes in the gypsy jazz and blues genre and is the band-leader for ‘LAPOMPE’ and New Orleans Blues inspired ‘Royal Street Ramblers’. With these projects David has headlined the prestigious City Park Jazz summer concert series, performed at the Five Points Jazz Festival, Bohemian New West Fest, Westword Music Showcase and many more. LAPOMPE has been nominated by multiple publications for best jazz band on the front range and David has been featured on several radio Stations including KUVO Jazz. He has also recorded multiple albums including two full-length Albums with LAPOMPE and an all-original Singer-songwriter EP under his ‘David Lawrence’ solo project. Slated for release early Fall 2019. LEARN MORE HERE

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Our workshop instructors are all rofessional musicians who have years of teaching and performing experience.


We are so fortunate to have partnerships with a variety of businesses offering products and services. All of our attendees will walk away with a CMA tote full of goodies!


Each day is chock-full of curriculum intended to maximize your learning potential and set you up for success.


We provide light bites and snacks during the workshop as well as convenient walkable recommendations for quick bites before, during and after each workshop.


All of our workshops offer mediation and yoga options for intention setting, mindfulness and self-awareness.


Our workshops include nightly family-friendly concerts featuring CMA faculty and guests from across the globe.

What they’re saying about CMA Workshops…


The celebration of mountains and whitewater rapids is the inspiration for everything Rapidgrass. The Internationally acclaimed mountain music is influenced by an active, outdoor lifestyle. Brought together through music and love for mountains, they define modern, acoustic, Colorado mountain music.


We offer private one-on-one lessons with the area’s finest instructors. Everyone in our faculty is an experienced educator and elite performer on their respected instrument. We offer professional one-on-one lessons at our studio in Buena Vista, Colorado. We offer a wide variety of instruments both acoustic and electric and specialize in a variety of music styles from beginning to advanced. We cater our lessons to suit the age and desired skillsets of each individual in order to maximize their learning potential.