Mountain Music Teachers Retreat May 10-11, 2024

john-harrodThe Cowan Community Center proudly presents our first Mountain Music Teachers’ Retreat, Friday, May 10th and Saturday, May 11th 2024.  The Retreat will include workshops on how to get your students off to a good start in old time fiddle, banjo, guitar, mountain dulcimer and singing.  Experienced dancers can also learn square dance calling.  The workshops will be led by some of the Cowan Creek Mountain Music School’s most experienced and inspiring teachers, including John Harrod, Randy Wilson and Sarah Kate Morgan.  Anyone who teaches or aspires to teach Kentucky’s traditional music in their own community will gain practical skills and confidence.  Teaching assistants, private teachers, public school music teachers and musicians serving nonprofits such as afterschool programs, libraries and museums are all encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity to strengthen your instructional methods and repertoire.

RANDY-WILSON-229x300The Cowan Community Center, which features a beautiful wood dance floor and shady grounds for jamming, is located 6 miles outside Whitesburg, Kentucky in the shadow of Pine Mountain,  map here.  Tuition is $100 and includes workshops, meals and a square dance each night where dance calling students can practice their new skills.  Scholarships are available thanks to a generous bequest from Nancy and Harvey McClellan and South Arts.  Scroll down for the full schedule.  Registration is open!  Click here to register

South_Arts_logo-primaryThe Mountain Music Teachers’ Retreat is made possible by a generous In These Mountains grant from South Arts. 



Mountain Music Teachers Retreat 2024 – Workshop Schedule

Friday, May 10 Cowan Community Center

1:30 Refreshments and welcome.

2:00pm – 2:50pm Workshops The First Fiddle Lesson
Art Mize
The First Banjo Lesson
Randy Wilson
3:00pm – 3:50pm Workshops Teaching Mtn Harmony Singing
Diane Timmons & Art Mize
Beginning Square Dance Calling 1             Randy Wilson
4:00pm – 4:50pm Panel Teaching via the Internet – Big Room
John Harrod, Carla Gover

5:00pm Break
6:00pm Supper at Cowan Community Center
7:00pm Community Square Dance led by Randy Wilson and the dance calling students, music by faculty and student band. ($5 suggested donation if not MMTR participant) 
9:30 pm Jamming at the Parkway


Saturday, May 11
8:30am  Continental Breakfast at Cowan Community Center

9:00pm – 9:50 Workshops Teaching Dulcimer to Adults Teaching Bowing for Ky Tunes
Sarah Kate Morgan John Harrod
10:00pm – 10:50 Workshops Teaching Dulcimer to Kids Introducing Alternate Picking Styles
Sarah Kate Morgan John Haywood
11:00pm  -11:50  Workshop  Leading Play Party Games for Kids – Big Room
 Randy Wilson

12:00 noon Lunch at Cowan Community Center

1:00pm – 1:50 Workshop Teaching Vocal Technique for Traditional Music- Big Room
Diane Timmons
2:00pm – 2:50 Workshops The First Guitar Lesson
Art Mize
Beginning Square Dance Calling 2
Randy Wilson  &  Will Bowling
3:00pm  -3:50 Panel Selecting and Preparing Ky Tunes for Beginning & Early Intermediate Students  – Big Room
John Harrod, John Haywood

4:00pm – 5:30 pm  Break and Supper on your own or at Carcassonne.
5:30 – Meet in Parkway Inn parking lot to share rides and caravan to Carcassonne.
6:30pm – Carcassonne square dance, Kentucky’s oldest continuous community square dance,  led by Will Bowling and the dance calling students.  Meals and dessert available for purchase at the community center (vegetarian not usually available).  
9:30pm – Jamming at the Parkway.

 What to Bring:  
* Please bring a laptop, thumb drive or other large-capacity storage device to upload a wealth of resources.  John Harrod has much to share!  
* Hard soled shoes for dancers and dance calling students. 
* Any instrument you plan to teach.
* Extra strings, capo for guitar or banjo.  

Parkway Inn 3749 Hwy 15, Whitesburg, Ky  (606) 633-4441   (15 minutes away from Cowan Community Center)
Carr Creek State Park, Sassafras, Ky  (606) 642-4050

Wiley’s Last Resort – Tent camping and cabins on Pine Mountain. CCMMS and MMTR Students can receive a 15% discount using this code:  PBTFCMNV

Letcher County has a number of AirBNB options.  Early booking is recommended.

The Cowan Community Center is wheelchair accessible. The Cowan Creek Mountain Music School is a family event; no alcohol, drugs, profanity or frowns are permitted.

Register for the Mountain Music Teachers’ Retreat, May 10 & 11, 2024 HERE

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