The Handmade Music School is dedicated to teaching old-time, bluegrass and traditional music and dances from Floyd County, Virginia and throughout the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Since the 1980’s, The Floyd Country Store has been known as a community gathering place built on the celebration of traditional Southern Appalachian music and dancing. The Floyd Country Store is renowned as a place to experience authentic Appalachian music, and is home to a group of musicians, flatfoot dancers, and cloggers who are carrying on the music of their families who’d pass the time playing and dancing together. The Handmade Music School was created so that these traditions could be passed down by the talented musicians and dancers of our area.
The Handmade Music School offers private lessons, special workshops, concerts, dances, educational events and music camps!
Whether you’re a complete beginner or an experienced musician looking to take your playing to another level, private lessons provide the opportunity to get the personal attention that can be beneficial to your growth as a musician. We offer lessons in bluegrass and old-time banjo, fiddle, guitar, mandolin, dobro, ukelele and bass. Lessons are scheduled weekly, for 30 or 60 minutes. Our experienced and professional faculty will work with you to develop an individualized program that helps you achieve your musical goals.
Workshops are special, one-time experiences of music or dance with master teachers at the Floyd Country Store. These experiences take small time commitments but are high in artistry. Our workshops are timely, engaging, and dynamic sessions targeted to serve participants with varied interests and goals. Our popular one-day workshops last between 1 and 2 hours in length. Workshops costs are dependent on length, specialty, and teaching artist, but generally speaking the cost for our workshop sessions is anywhere from $15 to $30 per person. We also offer weekend intensive or full-day sessions. We are adding new workshops all the time, so keep an eye on our calendar!