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.

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We offers 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
  • Country Fingerstyle Guitar
  • Bass
  • Dulcimer
  • Autoharp
  • Dobro
  • Ukulele
  • Traditional and Bluegrass Singing Styles

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.


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.

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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.

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