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.
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.
We offers lessons in the following subjects:
Old Time Fiddle: The Handmade Music School teaches fiddle in the traditional by-ear style. Taught by Mac Traynham, an accomplished fiddler who has taught at numerous music camps and won many ribbons from various Fiddler’s Conventions.
Clawhammer Banjo: The Handmade Music School teaches clawhammer banjo in the traditional by-ear style. Taught by Mac Traynham, an accomplished banjo player (and banjo maker) who has taught at numerous music camps. Beginner clawhammer banjo is taught by Jenny Traynham. Clawhammer banjo students should determine what level they are in order to determine the best instructor for them. Click here for our level descriptions.
Old Time Rhythm Guitar: The Handmade Music School teaches old time rhythm guitar in the traditional by-ear style. Advanced students will be taught by Mac Traynham, who has developed a solid old time rhythm guitar style based on the important regional guitar players of the past. Jenny Traynham, also a strong rhythm guitarist, also teaches old time rhythm guitar to beginners and intermediate students. Old time rhythm guitar students should determine what level they are in order to determine the best teacher for them. Click here for our level descriptions.
Beginner Old Time Fiddle: The Handmade Music School teaches beginner fiddle in the traditional by-ear style. Taught by Sophie Moeckel, a talented local fiddler who is great with beginners of all ages.
Bluegrass Banjo: The Handmade Music School teaches bluegrass banjo in the traditional by-ear style. Taught by either Seph Custer or David Cannaday. Seph is currently teaching on Wednesdays and accepting students for bluegrass banjo and guitar. David is currently teaching on Thursdays and accepting students for bluegrass banjo, guitar, mandolin, lap dulcimer & autoharp.
Bluegrass Guitar: The Handmade Music School teaches bluegrass guitar in the traditional by-ear style. Taught by either Seph Custer or David Cannaday. Seph is currently teaching on Wednesdays and accepting students for bluegrass banjo and guitar. David is currently teaching on Thursdays and accepting students for bluegrass banjo, guitar, mandolin, lap dulcimer & autoharp.
Bluegrass Mandolin: The Handmade Music School teachers bluegrass mandolin in the traditional by-ear style. Taught by Abe Goorskey. Abe is an accomplished mandolin player Abe first discovered acoustic music at The Floyd Country Store as a teenager. He learned to play from local musicians and has gone on to perform and record with many bands and groups since. Abe is currently teaching on Mondays and accepting students for bluegrass mandolin as well as other styles of mandolin playing.
Fingerstyle Guitar: The Handmade Music School teaches fingerstyle guitar in the traditional by-ear style. Bill Adams teaches Fingerstyle guitar. Bill is an accomplished multi-instrumentalist who is well-versed in the fingerstyle guitar styles of Merle Travis and Chet Atkins. The Fingerstyle Guitar lessons are designed for intermediate and advanced students only. Students should determine what level they are at before beginning these lessons. Click here for our level descriptions.
Dobro: The Handmade Music School teaches Dobro in the traditional by-ear style. Taught by Bill Adams who has been playing Dobro in a variety of styles for many years – including playing steel guitar for Western Swing and classic Nashville country bands and playing Dobro and rhythm guitar in many local bluegrass bands. Bill offers Dobro lessons for Beginners to Intermediate students.
Bluegrass & Old Time Bass: The Handmade Music School teaches bluegrass & old time bass in the traditional by-ear style. Dylan Locke teaches bass. Dylan has been playing many different styles of music for the past 30 years around Southwest Virginia and teaches bluegrass and old time bass. Dylan is accepting bass students of all skill levels.
*Availability and scheduling varies from teacher to teacher.
Essentials of learning old time and bluegrass music at The Handmade Music School:
- Music should be fun. Work hard, but have fun!
- We teach the old time way, knee to knee and phrase by phrase, so bring your recorder and take your lesson home with you.
- Invest in a quality instrument to learn on. The Floyd Country Store has instruments to purchase or rent.
- Practice at home and participate in our old time & bluegrass jams every Sunday.
- Listen to quality and relevant recordings to get the full experience. The Floyd Country Store has wide variety of recordings. Talk to your teacher about FCS playlist recordings.
Practicing: Each teacher instructs how much practice is ideal for each student and will encourage students in their practicing. Nevertheless, once the teacher isn’t present, it is up the student to do their own practicing. Progress will be made most quickly by those students who maintain the recommended practice times. Parents are also encouraged to be involved in their students practice. Taking the time to listen to your child play their weekly songs, or creating a set time for practicing in the students’ daily routine are good ways to become involved.
Attendance: Students are responsible for their time slot at The Handmade Music School. If a student is not available for their weekly lesson for any reason, it is the responsibility of the student/parent to give the instructor ample notice. Students/parents are asked to contact their teacher no less than 24 hours in advance. The teachers will reschedule within the week if possible and if that is not possible the payment for that week will be advanced to a future payment. If the student neglects to inform the teacher of a cancellation, there will be no refunds for these missed lessons. Teachers will provide the same level of communication about variances in their schedule.
Inclement Weather Policy: In the event of inclement weather, Handmade Music School lessons follow the public school schedule. If school is cancelled, lessons are automatically cancelled and advance payments will be credited unless you receive notification from your teacher or a Handmade Music School representative.
Payments: Students/parents agree to pay for the full month of lessons on the first lesson of each month.
Rates: Our lessons are offered weekly in half hour or full hour sessions.
Half Hour Pricing
One Hour Pricing
Scheduling: Lessons are offered weekly in half hour or one-hour long time slots. These slots are scheduled directly with your teacher prior to the start of your private lessons. Any change or variance in your regularly scheduled lesson time must be presented and approved by your teacher. The music teachers at The Handmade Music School will make every effort to accommodate your schedule within reason.