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American Folk Music

Embark on a captivating musical expedition into the heart of America's Appalachian region, where the melodies of generations past continue to resound with a timeless authenticity. Our music education program invites you to uncover the rich tapestry of Appalachian folk music, a genre that embodies the spirit of hardworking communities, rugged landscapes, and the stories of ordinary people. Immerse yourself in the soulful ballads, spirited fiddle tunes, and foot-stomping rhythms that have been passed down through the ages, as our skilled music educators guide you through the intricate techniques of instruments like the banjo, fiddle, and dulcimer.


Discover the emotional resonance of Appalachian music, where every note carries the weight of history and human experience. Delve into the traditional storytelling ballads that recount tales of love, loss, and survival, and learn to capture the raw emotion and authenticity that characterize this genre. Our expert educators will introduce you to the close-knit harmonies and community-oriented ethos that define Appalachian music, as well as the lively square dances and social gatherings that have kept these traditions alive. Whether you're a dedicated musician eager to explore new horizons or a music enthusiast captivated by the sounds of rural America, our music education program promises an immersive and transformative experience that will deepen your appreciation for the Appalachian musical legacy and inspire your own artistic journey.

Teaching Artists


Eden Macadam-Somer

fiddle, voice


Leela Grace

guitar, voice

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