Sophie Moeckel grew up surrounded by music in the Blue Ridge mountains. She fell in love with the community aspect of old time music as a Floyd JAMs (Junior Appalachian Musicians) student, where she later taught fiddle and dance and served as assistant director. She’s been a part of the Handmade Music School team since it’s beginning, serving in many roles throughout the years including Director of Operations and fiddle teacher and is passionate about passing along Appalachian music and dance traditions. Sophie has extensive experience working with children both in classroom and after-school settings. She directs a farm and art-based summer camp and spent the last few years teaching first grade at a Waldorf School in Maine. She loves sharing the joy of music by playing for dancers at the Friday Night Jamboree at The Floyd Country Store, jamming and dancing with friends, and most of all teaching and inspiring young people. She’s currently pursuing studies in Environmental Education, Craft, and Traditional Music at Warren Wilson College, but is excited to Get Together with youth this summer in Floyd!
Hanna was born into old-time music. Her parents, Mac and Jenny Traynham, are musicians who raised their family in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Hanna plays clawhammer on an open-back banjo Mac made when she was a baby. She loves singing harmonies and playing backup guitar. Like the music, the Appalachian mountain landscape makes her heart sing.
Andy has played clawhammer banjo and sung in church since childhood. He has performed and recorded with Mac and Jenny Traynham, the Reed Island Rounders, and the Wolfe Brothers, and has taught at numerous workshops. His music is rooted in the playing of Wade Ward, Abe Horton, and Harold Hausenfluck. Andy teaches both fretted and fretless banjo in traditional Blue Ridge clawhammer and thumb lead styles.
Mac Traynham is an accomplished fiddler and banjo player as well as a fine guitar player and singer. Influenced by well known and obscure musicians of the past, Mac has developed a hard-driving style of playing which keeps the rhythm going strongly and delights dancers! He teaches at numerous music camps and has won many ribbons from various Fiddler’s Conventions.
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Additional guest teachers will be announced soon!
Our Instructors have a long affiliation with the Handmade Music School and with Floyd’s Junior Appalachian Musician program as well as being long-standing and caring members of the Floyd musical community.
The Handmade Music School is extremely careful when considering who will be teaching at our Youth Get Together Camp. All of our teachers are experienced teachers, mentors (and some parents) who have been involved in our traditional music and dance community and have produced and worked for youth music programs for many years.
All of our teachers are required to go through our safety procedures before hired. This includes:
- A background check
- Mandatory HMS teacher meetings that include program training, policy updates, and emergeny preparedness training
- Trained in Covid-19 protocols
- Certain teachers are certified in First Aid & CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation).
- Qualified to teach music and dance curriculum and produce activities that are fun for the children while offering educational value