Morning Classes

Beginning Banjo- 9:00am – 10:30am Sorry. this class is closed  (Kevin Howard) is for folks with no previous experience playing a string instrument. Students will learn the basic clawhammer strum and chords for accompanying simple old time tunes.  

Early Intermediate Banjo:  Singing with the Banjo- 9:00am – 10:30am Sorry, this class is closed.  Please consider Sue Massek’s intermediate banjo class (Montana Hobbsis for banjo students who have completed a beginner class and most folks who have been playing a couple of years.   

Intermediate Banjo:  Kentucky Mountain Styles- 9:00am – 10:30am (Sue Massek The songs and tunes covered in this class will be drawn from Kentuckians Lily May Ledford, Blanche Coldiron and Clyde Davenport along with east Kentucky coalfield songwriters Florence Reese, Sarah Ogan Gunning and Aunt Molly Jackson.  Beginning with simple chords and basic clawhammer brush stroke, each class will  gradually move toward more complicated tunes.  Sue will share songs and stories gathered and written during her 60 year journey as a performing musician.

Advanced Banjo – 11:00am – 12:30pm (Brett Ratliffwill explore an array of east Kentucky techniques such as over-hand, two-finger, and up-picking that you can use to adapt and personalize your playing for string band, accompany singing, or playing fiddle tunes.  He will focus on the unique contributions of Magoffin County banjo players such as Buell Kasee, John Morgan Salyer and Walter Williams.  


Beginning Fiddle 9:00am – 10:30am (Meghan Bryant) is for folks with no prior experience.  Meghan will start with the basics – holding the instrument and bow technique to produce the sound your want,  while learning some favorite easy tunes.  She will also give you the tools to learn more tunes on your own.

Early Intermediate Fiddle- 9:00am – 10:30am Sorry, this class is closed.  Please consider registering for John Harrod’s intermediate fiddle class.  (Blakeley Burgeris for students who have completed a beginner class and most fiddlers who have played less than one year.  Blakeley will share tips to make playing easier and more fun while teaching some favorite Kentucky tunes.

Intermediate Fiddle:  Tunes of the Red River- 11:00am – 12:30pm  (John Harrod) Rivers connect people and also connect music.  This class will focus on fiddlers who lived along the most beautiful river in Kentucky.  Lela Todd, Columbus Williams, Earl Thomas, Sr., Stanley Winkler, Billy Don Stamper, Lily May Ledford and Darley Fulks represent a vast repertoire of older tunes that were unique to the area.  Elegant melodies, blues, dance tunes and eccentric solo pieces – this class will have something for everyone. 

Advanced Fiddle: The All-Purpose Fiddler 9:00am – 10:30am Sorry, this class is closed.  Please consider registering for Jesse Well’s advanced fiddle class.  (Meghan Gregoryis for fiddlers who are comfortable playing common tunes up to dance speed.  Megan will share skills for the versatile performing fiddler including improvisation, backing other instruments and vocalists,  fills and more.  

Advanced Fiddle- 11:00am – 12:30 (Jesse Wells) is for fiddlers who are comfortable playing common tunes at dance speed.  Jesse will celebrate 20 years of fiddling on Big Cowan with tunes from some of the great fiddlers who have graced the school, including Art Stamper, Roger Cooper, Paul David Smith, Bruce Greene, Jimmy McCown and Jesse’s dad Jamie. 


100_4131Beginning Guitar- 11:00am – 12:30pm (Karly Dawn Milner) is for folks with no prior experience.  Karly Dawn will cover the essentials, such as holding the pick, the basic strum, chords for common old time tunes and backup for a few simple, fun songs.  

Intermediate Guitar 11:00am – 12:30pm (Arlo Barnette) is for guitar players who know a few basic chords.  Arlo will cover essential chord progressions, walk-ups, right hand technique and the skills you need to arrange guitar back up on your own.

Advanced Flatpick Guitar- 11:00am- 12:30pm Sorry, this class is closed.   (Don Rogers) is for guitarists who are comfortable backing up common tunes.  Don will cover rhythm, back up runs, and flatpicking traditional Kentucky fiddle tune melodies. 

 Beginning Mountain Dulcimer- 9:00am – 10:30am (Mitch BarrettCome learn old time tunes from Eastern Kentucky and beyond on the mountain dulcimer! We’ll start by covering the basics: accurately tuning, comfortably holding, and strumming and fretting the dulcimer to play simple tunes and songs.

Intermediate/Advanced Mountain Dulcimer- 11:00am – 12:30pm (Sarah Kate Morganis for students who have completed a beginner class.  Sarah Kate will explore mountain tunes with ornamentation and variations so you can make each tune your own.


Mountain Duet Singing 11:00am – 12:30pm (Sarah Howard & Kinsee Howard) will cover lead and harmony voices for a wide variety of mountain classics, from ancient unaccompanied hymns to the Louvin Brothers. They will also help you create the harmony part for your own favorites songs, old and new.  

Class size for all instruments is limited to 15. Please register as early as possible to be sure you get the class you want. 

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