Announcing the Winners of the 2021 Southwest Virginia Traditional Music Contest

We are so thrilled with the participation in this year's competition. Folks from all over the world submitted videos of themselves sharing SWVA music and dance, and we are so proud of every single entry. The level of competition was very high and our only regret is that we didn't have enough prizes or categories to recognize all of the deserving entries.

2021-05-01T15:52:38-04:00March 31st, 2021|Featured, News|

6th Annual Charm City Django Jazz Festival

The Floyd Country Store & The Handmade Music School, in collaboration with our friends at Creative Alliance in Baltimore, MD, are pleased to announce the 6th Annual Charm City Django Jazz Festival, a virtual music event on Friday, February 26 and Saturday, February 27, 2021. Beaming to you from Baltimore, the Charm City Django Jazz Fest returns with a tuned-in lineup from around the globe celebrating the music and legacy Django Reinhardt.

2021-02-22T18:43:37-05:00February 4th, 2021|News|

The Handmade Music Teaches Students at The Stanley School in Stanley, Idaho

The Handmade Music School has been teaching these amazing students in Stanley, Idaho during the pandemic. This picture brings us so much joy! This has been a tough year, but let's reflect on the positive outcomes of hunkering down and figuring out innovative ways to teach music. In this case, we were connected through our great friends Hans & Terry Carstensen with Ashley Reese and her awesome teachers at The Stanley School in Stanley, Idaho! Look at these happy young musicians with their Handmade Music School shirts and hats! Music makes the world a better (and smaller) place!

2021-05-01T15:52:50-04:00February 2nd, 2021|News, Student Spotlight|

Replays Available for Music Fun with Kari at Home

Are you afraid you'll go stir-crazy this winter? Don't! Pull out the pots and pans and instruments you have at home and join Kari whenever you like, for 30+ minutes of musical fun for your 1 to 6 year old child. Music Fun with Kari at Home: Winter Edition was recorded live on January 22, 2021. The replay is available for purchase with unlimited viewing all winter season at a cost of $30.

2021-01-30T10:42:16-05:00January 30th, 2021|Featured, News|

Private Music Lessons

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.

2020-12-01T09:24:30-05:00December 1st, 2020|Featured, News|

Music of Our Mountains Archive Coming Soon

The town of Floyd and surrounding Blue Ridge region has developed a reputation worldwide for its living traditions of music and dance, which have long been an important source of human connection throughout Appalachia. Constructed and presented with compelling content and storytelling, the Music of Our Mountains platform will serve as both a comprehensive educational resource and an engaging promotional platform by celebrating local music culture and crediting the contributions of those who helped to shape our local traditions.

2020-12-07T11:17:11-05:00November 30th, 2020|Featured, News|

Double Your Impact in Our Share the Music Campaign and Receive a Gift!

There are 24 hours left in our Share The Music Scholarship Campaign! And you can now double your impact and receive a gift! Your contribution will go twice as far in sharing the music this week. If you are able, please help us reach this goal! Contributions of any amount are welcome - every little bit helps students in need. Your support so far has been overwhelming and we are so close to reaching our goal of $5,000 with only 3 days to go. As a token of our appreciation, anyone who donates $25.00 or more this week will receive free admittance to a Handmade Music School Crowdcast workshop of your choice!

2020-06-26T17:26:10-04:00June 23rd, 2020|News|

Share The Music with The Handmade Music School

The Handmade Music School is asking for your help to make sure learning about traditional music and dancing of southwest Virginia are accessible to anyone interested in learning. Our "Share The Music" program provides access to traditional music lessons, classes, workshops and camps through a scholarship program. Your donations make a REAL difference to our students! If you are able, we ask you to consider a contribution that will help us meet our goal of making all of our programming accessible and available to all.

2020-06-29T17:32:06-04:00June 13th, 2020|News|

In-Person Lessons and Workshops Suspended Until Further Notice

The Handmade Music School is committed to the health and safety of our community and has suspended all in-person lessons and workshops until further notice. Online lessons with HMS teachers will still be available via Skype or another platform. If you are interested in arranging Skype lessons with one of our teachers, please contact andrew@handmademusicschool.com for details.

2020-12-01T09:13:15-05:00March 25th, 2020|News|
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