Share the Music Program

About Our Scholarship Program

The Handmade Music School makes its home at the world famous Floyd Country Store and draws from the rich local traditions to connect students with master musicians and dancers. Similar to the Floyd Country Store’s “Pay It Forward” program that helps cover meal costs for those in need, the Handmade Music School has created “Share The Music”, a program that provides access to traditional music lessons, classes, workshops, and camps through a scholarship program.

Share The Music Goals

The Handmade Music School in Floyd, Virginia is asking for your continued support to help us share the traditional music and dance culture of Southwest Virginia – let’s make learning opportunities accessible to all students!

Our goal at The Handmade Music School is to make all of our programming available and accessible to all area youth, Junior Appalachian Musicians students and the greater community.

The mission of the Share The Music Program is to:

  • Make our programming accessible and available to all, regardless of means

  • Support our community of musicians and teachers

  • Provide cultural educational opportunities for area youth

  • Foster community engagement with local traditions

  • Strengthen bonds within our greater community through shared cultural appreciation

Apply For a Scholarship

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 below requesting the funds for the program of their choice. 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. Funding is subject to availability of scholarship funds. Please discuss with your Handmade Music School team member or teacher. Please determine how much you or your family can contribute when requesting ongoing funding.

HANDMADE YOUTH STRINGBAND PROGRAM

Scholarships for the Handmade Youth Stringband Program are available based on financial need. These scholarships are determined by the HMS Scholarship & Outreach committee and will be awarded based on need and the strength of the application. Partial and full scholarships are available depending on need. You will be notified within 2 weeks of your application date. Applications are open until January 16th, 2024. Please answer the questions completely and let us know what support you need and why.

YOUTH GET TOGETHER SUMMER CAMP

Scholarships for Youth Get Together summer camps are available based on financial need. These scholarships are determined by the HMS Scholarship & Outreach committee and will be awarded based on need and the strength of the application. Partial and full scholarships are available depending on need. You will be notified within 1 month of your application date. Applications are open until June 15th, 2024. Please answer the questions completely and let us know what support you need and why.

PRIVATE LESSONS

If requesting ongoing private lessons, we will award a bundle of four 30-min lessons at a time, and assess student progress and commitment in consultation with the instructor monthly to determine continuing support or increasing support to full hour-lessons.

WORKSHOPS (IN PERSON AND HYBRID)

Workshops are offered regularly indoors and outdoors at The Floyd Country Store and other locations in downtown Floyd, VA. Visit our events page for the upcoming workshop schedule.

HANDMADE AT HOME VIRTUAL WORKSHOPS

One-time use for a single online workshop.

FLOYD MUSIC LOFT RECORDING ENSEMBLE (GROUP CLASS)

The Floyd Music Loft Recording Ensemble is a group class available to up to 6 students in 8 week sessions. Taught by Nick Falk, this class provides students an opportunity to write, perform, and record music in a band setting with professional instruments and recording equipment.

HEART OF THE CHILD MUSIC EDUCATION (JOY JAMMERS)

A mixed age class for babies, toddlers, preschoolers and their caregivers taught by Kari Kovick of Hear of the Child Music Education. Seasonal songs celebrate the abundance of nature we share in Floyd County with fun songs, lots of movement, scarves, balls, and rhythm instruments. For children up to 6 years.

OLD TIME MUSIC GET TOGETHER

Scholarships for our Floyd Old Time Music Get Together Camp are available and provided to a limited number of applicants. These scholarships are determined by the HMS Scholarship & Outreach committee and will be awarded based on need and the strength of the application. Applications for the 2024 Get Together are open until January 24th, 2024. Applicants awarded a scholarship will be notified on February 1st and a spot will be held in their preferred class. Please answer the questions completely and let us know what support you need and why. We ask that everyone who is granted a scholarship contributes to making this event happen. We ask for 6 hours of volunteer time throughout the weekend as part of your scholarship. We also offer a direct hourly work trade arrangement separate from this scholarship. Please reach out to info@handmademusicschool.com if you’re interested in this arrangement.

Make a Donation

Your donations make a REAL difference to our students! If you are able, we ask you to consider a contribution that will help us make all of our programming accessible and available to all. Contributions of any amount are welcome – every little bit helps students in need!

The Handmade Music School is an initiative of Floyd Creative Studios, a non-profit, 501(c)3 organization dedicated to the creative process in Floyd County, Virginia.