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John C. Campbell Folk SchoolMusicians 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.

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

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