Mac Traynham Fiddle Lesson

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.

The Handmade Music School is currently offering online lessons only. Lessons are available through Zoom or other platforms. Please continue to make music at home during these days of social isolation – it is the best way we know of to pass time and lift spirits!

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Core Faculty

Adjunct Faculty

We Offer Lessons in the Following Subjects

  • Old Time Fiddle

  • Bluegrass Fiddle

  • Old Time Banjo

  • Bluegrass Banjo

  • Old Time Mandolin

  • Bluegrass Mandolin

  • Old Time Guitar

  • Bluegrass Guitar

  • Fingerstyle Guitar

  • Bass

  • Dulcimer

  • Autoharp

  • Ukulele

  • Percussion

  • Traditional and Bluegrass Singing Styles

  • Early Childhood Music Education

  • Digital Audio Programs

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Please begin by filling out the online registration form below, or downloading, printing and submitting the form in person or via the mail. Our address is 206 S. Locust Street, Floyd, VA 24091. Once we receive your form, a team member will contact you. Please note that you/your child are not registered until your registration preferences are confirmed by the Handmade Music School.

Registration Form

Please fill out the registration form below for Handmade Music School Lessons. All fields are required unless otherwise noted. If you have any questions, please call the The Handmade Music School at (540) 251-2571 or email lessons@handmademusicschool.com.

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Pay For Lessons

Half Hour Rates

  • $30 per lesson ($25 per lesson for bundles of 4 or more) for Mac Traynham, Jesse Smathers, David Cannaday, Sophie Moeckel, Nick Falk, Victor Furtado

  • $35 per lesson ($25 per lesson for bundles of 4 or more) for Andrew Small, Ashlee Watkins

  • $35 per lesson (bundle discount not available) for Elizabeth LaPrelle, Kalia Yeagle, Kris Truelsen, or Aidan VanSuetendael

One Hour Rates

  • $50 per lesson ($45 per lesson for bundles of 4 or more) for Mac Traynham, Jesse Smathers, David Cannaday, Sophie Moeckel, Nick Falk, Victor Furtado

  • $55 per lesson ($45 per lesson for bundles of 4 or more) for Andrew Small, Ashlee Watkins

  • $65 per lesson (bundle discount not available) for Elizabeth LaPrelle, Kalia Yeagle, Kris Truelsen, or Aidan VanSuetendael (bundle discount not available)

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Student Guidelines

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.

Please read and agree to our Policies & Procedures.

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Share The Music Scholarships

Our Share the Music Scholarships are easy to access. Any person who cannot afford our learning opportunities but wishes to take part can fill out a simple form requesting the funds for the program of their choice, no questions asked! Choose whether you are interested in a Handmade at Home workshop, private lessons, or the Floyd Old Time Music Get Together. Simply fill out the form and someone from our team will be in touch.

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