The Handmade Music School offers unique learning experiences in music, history, and dance with master teachers. Events offer high quality instruction and performances from local and global master artists and are focused on preserving, sharing, and celebrating the musical traditions of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Events are held online, at The Floyd Country Store, and at local venues in Floyd, Virginia. Register today for a workshop, class, lecture, performance, or a multi-day camp!

The Handmade Music School is currently offering workshops through our Handmade at Home Virtual Workshop Series. Workshops are offered weekly with some of the best musicians, dancers, historians, songwriters and more. Stream live on CrowdCast platform or tune in any time after the event to watch the replay! Follow us on Crowdcast​ at crowdcast.io/handmademusic.

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Bass with Nadine Landry

Floyd Ecovillage 188 Ecovillage Trail, Floyd, VA

This upright bass workshop will emphasize providing a solid rhythm for jams and band settings. Participants will get to practice good left and right hand techniques while familiarizing themselves with the finger board. Sure there’s gonna be lots of 1-5 but we’ll work on incorporating and understanding bass runs too!

$25.00

Adaptive Playing in New Situations with Tatiana Hargreaves and Friends (SOLD OUT)

Floyd Ecovillage 188 Ecovillage Trail, Floyd, VA

This collaborative workshop will focus on duo playing and how musicians adapt to each other's playing depending on who we're playing with, instrumentation, and other variable factors. We'll demonstrate examples of folks who don't play much together compared with folks who do play regularly together to show the importance of listening, fluidity, and flexibility when playing music in unfamiliar settings.

$25.00

Songs of Southwest Virginia with Mac Traynham, Andy Buckman, Reeb Willms, and Caleb Klauder (SOLD OUT)

Floyd Ecovillage 188 Ecovillage Trail, Floyd, VA

Learn songs and stories from the rich folk music tradition of Southwest Virginia with local master musicians Mac Traynham and Andy Buckman. Reeb Willms and Caleb Klauder will also share their perspective on these songs and the influence that the music of this region has had in the development of their own repertoire. Please bring a recording device so that you can take these songs home with you!

$25.00

Fiddle Style and Repertoire of John Ashby with Sammy Lind (SOLD OUT)

Floyd Ecovillage 188 Ecovillage Trail, Floyd, VA

This class will focus on tunes from the Fauquier County, Virginia fiddler, John Ashby. His playing is ever-inspiring to me and I always go back to his three amazing LPs from the 1970's on County Records when I need a good fix of real old time fiddling. I'll start by teaching tunes that have a repetitive bowing pattern throughout both the A and B parts and we'll move on to other tunes that just vary slightly in their patterns. After a few tunes are learned this way and certain bowing patterns are recognized, it should be easier to hear these rhythms in other tunes and should be helpful for learning new tunes.

$25.00

Be the Banjo Player in the Old-Time Trio with Adam Hurt and Beth Hartness

Floyd Ecovillage 188 Ecovillage Trail, Floyd, VA

Banjo-playing participants will be invited one at a time to join Adam on fiddle and Beth on guitar, playing a tune of their choice at their preferred tempo. Friendly feedback will be provided before and after each collaboration on how to make the blending of instruments as successful as possible. This is a great workshop for folks who have developed a bit of comfort on the banjo in a vacuum but are not quite sure how to play with the other instruments and/or do not feel ready to jump into an open jam.

$25.00

Heart of the Child Music Education

Floyd Country Store Back Deck

Join us for this special outdoor Joy Jammers session that will take place Fridays from 10:30-11:30am on the back porch at The Floyd Country Store. This is a 12 week session running April 22 - July 8, 2022. Dates are subject to cancellation or change pending teacher availability, inclement weather, illness, etc.

$10 – $15

Music of Our Mountains Launch Event & Fundraiser

The Floyd Country Store 206 South Locust Street, Floyd, VA

Join us at the Floyd Country Store on Saturday, April 23, 2022 at 7:30pm for a special event and fundraiser for the Handmade Music School's Music of Our Mountains Project, featuring Martha Spencer, Jackson Cunningham, Trevor Mckenzie, Wayne Martin, Kinney Rorrer, Mac Traynham & Andy Buckman, Corbin Hayslett And Hunter Holmes. This is a free event with donations accepted to support the project.

Heart of the Child Music Education

Floyd Country Store Back Deck

Join us for this special outdoor Joy Jammers session that will take place Fridays from 10:30-11:30am on the back porch at The Floyd Country Store. This is a 12 week session running April 22 - July 8, 2022. Dates are subject to cancellation or change pending teacher availability, inclement weather, illness, etc.

$10 – $15

Heart of the Child Music Education

Floyd Country Store Back Deck

Join us for this special outdoor Joy Jammers session that will take place Fridays from 10:30-11:30am on the back porch at The Floyd Country Store. This is a 12 week session running April 22 - July 8, 2022. Dates are subject to cancellation or change pending teacher availability, inclement weather, illness, etc.

$10 – $15

Heart of the Child Music Education

Floyd Country Store Back Deck

Join us for this special outdoor Joy Jammers session that will take place Fridays from 10:30-11:30am on the back porch at The Floyd Country Store. This is a 12 week session running April 22 - July 8, 2022. Dates are subject to cancellation or change pending teacher availability, inclement weather, illness, etc.

$10 – $15

Heart of the Child Music Education

Floyd Country Store Back Deck

Join us for this special outdoor Joy Jammers session that will take place Fridays from 10:30-11:30am on the back porch at The Floyd Country Store. This is a 12 week session running April 22 - July 8, 2022. Dates are subject to cancellation or change pending teacher availability, inclement weather, illness, etc.

$10 – $15

Heart of the Child Music Education

Floyd Country Store Back Deck

Join us for this special outdoor Joy Jammers session that will take place Fridays from 10:30-11:30am on the back porch at The Floyd Country Store. This is a 12 week session running April 22 - July 8, 2022. Dates are subject to cancellation or change pending teacher availability, inclement weather, illness, etc.

$10 – $15

Flatfoot Dancing with Gina Dilg

The Floyd Country Store 206 South Locust Street, Floyd, VA

The Handmade Music School presents a flatfoot dance workshop with Gina Dilg on Saturday, May 28, 2022 from 5:00-6:00pm, prior to the Old Time Dance with Nobody's Business at the Floyd Country Store. Cost is $15.

$15.00

Heart of the Child Music Education

Floyd Country Store Back Deck

Join us for this special outdoor Joy Jammers session that will take place Fridays from 10:30-11:30am on the back porch at The Floyd Country Store. This is a 12 week session running April 22 - July 8, 2022. Dates are subject to cancellation or change pending teacher availability, inclement weather, illness, etc.

$10 – $15

Youth Get Together 2022

Floyd Ecovillage 188 Ecovillage Trail, Floyd, VA

The Handmade Music School is excited to announce the First Annual Floyd Youth Get Together Camp: a traditional music and dance camp for kids ages 8-14. The camp will take place at the Floyd Events Center, which is part of the Floyd EcoVillage in Floyd, Virginia! The facility features a beautiful and secluded setting on 75 private acres just a few miles from the Blue Ridge Parkway and the charming town center of Floyd.

$180.00 – $200.00

Heart of the Child Music Education

Floyd Country Store Back Deck

Join us for this special outdoor Joy Jammers session that will take place Fridays from 10:30-11:30am on the back porch at The Floyd Country Store. This is a 12 week session running April 22 - July 8, 2022. Dates are subject to cancellation or change pending teacher availability, inclement weather, illness, etc.

$10 – $15

Southern Appalachian Fiddle with Eddie Bond

The Floyd Country Store 206 South Locust Street, Floyd, VA

The Handmade Music School presents Southern Appalachian Fiddle with Eddie Bond at the Floyd Country Store on Saturday, June 11, 2022 from 4:00-5:30pm. Cost is $30.

$30.00

Harmony Singing with Nadine Landry and Sammy Lind

The Floyd Country Store 206 South Locust Street, Floyd, VA

The Handmade Music School presents Harmony Singing with Nadine Landry and Sammy Lind on Sunday, June 12, 2022 from 11:00am to 12:30pm. Cost is $30.

$30.00

Heart of the Child Music Education

Floyd Country Store Back Deck

Join us for this special outdoor Joy Jammers session that will take place Fridays from 10:30-11:30am on the back porch at The Floyd Country Store. This is a 12 week session running April 22 - July 8, 2022. Dates are subject to cancellation or change pending teacher availability, inclement weather, illness, etc.

$10 – $15

Heart of the Child Music Education

Floyd Country Store Back Deck

Join us for this special outdoor Joy Jammers session that will take place Fridays from 10:30-11:30am on the back porch at The Floyd Country Store. This is a 12 week session running April 22 - July 8, 2022. Dates are subject to cancellation or change pending teacher availability, inclement weather, illness, etc.

$10 – $15
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