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Traditional Music Instruction at Historic Folk School

03-21-2012 04:45 AM CET | Arts & Culture

Press release from: John C. Campbell Folkschool

/ PR Agency: Rogier Communications
Musicians from novices to experts have the opportunity to enjoy instruction in Banjo, Mandolin, Fiddle, Folk Harp, Guitar, Dulcimer, Dobro, Ukulele, Autoharp, Musical Saw, Native American Flute and more.

The setting is the 300-acre historic campus of John C. Campbell Folk School in picturesque Western North Carolina.

The school is the largest program of its type in the country. A music class is scheduled at the Folk School just about every week of the year. Renowned musicians lead the class in daily instruction. During the week that students are at the Folk School, they are living in housing, eating meals with other students who are attending classes in other subject areas, and are exposed to many other traditional and art and craft forms.

SPECIAL WEEKS:
Dance Musicians’ Week
July 8-14, 2012
A fun-filled week devoted to learning and improving techniques of playing and arranging music for traditional contra, square, and couple dancing.
• Taught by nationally known instructors David Kaynor, Naomi Morse, Peter Siegel, and Sue Songer
• Students participate in slow-tune jams, ensemble playing, presentations, tutorials, discussions, and dancing.
• Students and instructors play for nightly community dances
in historic Keith House.
• Students stay on the school’s 300-acre historic campus and enjoy wholesome,
delicious meals three times a day
• The school’s relaxed, non-competitive environment makes for a wonderfully unique experience.

Dulcimer Celebration Week
July 22-28, 2012
Taught by nationally known instructors Anne Lough, Neal Walters, Heidi Cerrigione & John Cerrigione.
• Join in an inspiring, creative, and fun week for both mountain and hammered dulcimer players of beyond-beginning through advanced levels. Expand your repertoire, technique, and back-up skills in small skill-level sessions, small ensemble and large group sessions, and informal jams—all in a relaxed and encouraging atmosphere. Bring your dulcimers and any other instruments you play!
• Students stay on the school’s 300-acre historic campus and enjoy wholesome,
delicious meals three times a day
• The school’s relaxed, non-competitive environment makes for a wonderfully unique experience.

2012 Music Classes
Apr 1-7 Continuing Clawhammer Banjo • David Brose
Apr 8-14 Continuing Hammered Dulcimer • Anne Lough
Apr 15-21 Learn to Play Autoharp • John Hollandsworth
Apr 15-21 Build a Short-scale Mountain Dulcimer • Jack Smoot
Apr 22-27 Continuing Bluegrass Banjo (Sun–Fri) • Geoff Hohwald
Apr 29-May 5 Beginning Mountain Dulcimer • Betty N. Smith
May 6-12 Continuing Mountain Dulcimer • Anne Lough
May 13-18 Old-time Banjo, Two-finger Style (Sun–Fri) • Chip Arnold
May 18-20 Learn to Play Harmonica (Weekend) • J.D. Robinson
May 20-26 Beginning Folk Harp • Lorinda Jones
May 20-26 Appalachian Folklore • David Brose & Laurel Horton
May 27-June 2 Beginning Hammered Dulcimer • Anne Lough
June 3-9 Surviving and Thriving in Jam Sessions
• Lorraine Lee Hammond & Bennett Hammond
June 10-16 Native American Flute • Billy Whitefox & Linda Prejeant
June 24-30 Bluegrass Banjo for Beginners • Geoff Hohwald
July 1-6 Beginning Fiddle (Sun–Fri) • Cathy Grant
July 6-8 Shape Note Singing School (Weekend)
• Laurel Horton, Becky Walker, Steve Walker & Mike Nichols
July 8-14 Dance Musicians’ Week
• David Kaynor, Sue Songer, Peter Siegel & Naomi Morse
July 15-21 Learn to Play An(other) Instrument (Intergenerational) • J.D. Robinson
July 22-28 Dulcimer Celebration • Anne Lough, Neal Walters, Heidi Cerrigione & John Cerrigione
July 22-28 Mountain Dulcimer Building • John Huron
July 29-Aug 3 Playing Bluegrass Music in a Group (Sun–Fri)
• Geoff Hohwald & Rick Taylor
Aug 3-5 Learn to Play the Musical Saw (Weekend) • Ivan Stiles
Aug 5-11 Autoharp Techniques—Success from the Start • Ivan Stiles
Aug 12-18 Beginning Guitar • Rick Taylor
Aug 19-24 Continuing Guitar: Old-time Rhythm and Backup (Sun–Fri) • Jim Lloyd
Aug 24-26 Learn to Play the Mountain Dulcimer (Weekend) • Anne Lough
Aug 26-Sept 1 Beginning Hammered Dulcimer • Anne Lough
Aug 26-Sept 1 The “Campbellin”—Make It and Play It • John Huron
Sept 2-8 Continuing Folk Harp • Lorraine Lee Hammond
Sept 9-14 Singing with Clawhammer Banjo (Sun–Fri) • Aubrey Atwater
Sept 14-16 Learn to Play Harmonica (Weekend) • J.D. Robinson
Sept 16-22 Intermediate Mountain Dulcimer • Janita Baker
Sept 23-29 Beginning Clawhammer Banjo • Bob Buckingham
Sept 30-Oct 5 Continuing Mountain Dulcimer—Folks & Tunes (Sun–Fri) • Betty N. Smith
Oct 7-13 Intermediate Hammered Dulcimer • Anne Lough
Oct 14-20 Continuing Fiddle • Cathy Grant
Oct 14-20 Build a Square-neck Resonator Guitar (Dobro) • Bob Alexander
Oct 21-26 Learn to Play a Dobro (Sun–Fri) • Bob Alexander
Oct 26-28 Relaxing with the Mountain Dulcimer (Weekend) • Rosy DeVane
Oct 28-Nov 3 Continuing Guitar: Flatpicking Melodies • Steve & Penny Kilby
Oct 28-Nov 3 Constructing a Mountain Dulcimer • Jack Smoot
Nov 4-10 Beginning Ukulele • Peter Thomas
Nov 30-Dec 2 Beginning Autoharp (Weekend) • Jennifer Cordier
Dec 2-8 Beginning Mountain Dulcimer • Rosy DeVane

Founded in 1925, John C. Campbell Folk School provides noncompetitive learning and community life that are joyful and enlivening. The 300-acre historic campus offers sixteen arts studios and is located in Brasstown, North Carolina in western-most North Carolina. The school is the largest program of its type in the country. 6000 students from around the world annually attend over 900 classes in traditional crafts ranging from weaving, blacksmithing, tin-smithing, metalwork, and woodcarving to cooking, quilting, music, dance, painting and more.

Keather Weideman, Marketing Manager John C. Campbell Folk School
One Folk School Rd.
Brasstown, NC 28902
828-837-2775
website: folkschool.org

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