For her first music lesson, Coral Levkovitz wanted to learn how to play “Skinny Love” by Bon Iver. Levkovitz, a first-year biology major, knew a few things about playing the acoustic guitar but had never taken a formal lesson.
She met her teacher, sophomore J.P. Rickabaugh, in Morrison Residence Hall. After they started getting to know each other, they listened to the song, and he taught her how to strum the chords verse by verse.
Levkovitz received her first lesson through Carolina Jams, a student music organization. The club now offers free music lessons to those interested in learning the guitar, piano, bass or even ukulele.
The idea to host free lessons began last spring as the newly formed club sought ways to gain momentum and let others know about their group.
“It would allow us to extend that olive branch out to people,” said Rickabaugh, a club member studying journalism with a minor in music. “(It is) creating more music in Chapel Hill.”