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Join us for the 3rd annual singing bird music school!

(August 1-2, 2020)

Click this link for class descriptions and pre-registration!  

In the interest of public health and safety, this year’s Singing Bird Music School classes and community gatherings will be held online via Zoom. We will carry the inclusive and fun spirit of the event into this new format! Interactive, small-group classes in guitar, clawhammer banjo, fiddle, mountain dulcimer, ukulele, and Kentucky mountain folk songs will be taught by an expert group of musicians, including Deborah Payne, Jon Pickow, Carla Gover, Jesse Wilhite, Cari Norris, and Sam Gleaves.

All classes will be taught at the “just past beginner” level. If you tune your own instrument and play the bare basic chords, strumming patterns or bowing, these classes are designed for you. Each afternoon will begin with an optional song sharing circle, a “round robin” session for students and teachers to share their favorite songs for group singing.

Small group classes will be limited to five students or less, ensuring that each student can interact with the instructor. Though we can’t share music in person and we can’t play in sync through video chat, we can still share in the joy of learning music together.

NOTE TO EDUCATORS: Educators attending these online classes will receive access to on-line cross-curricular resources, suggested classroom activities based on skills and concepts covered in session, and a certificate of participation for Professional Learning documentation.

The 2019 Singing Bird Music School was a resounding success!  Thanks to Kate Underwood and the Richmond Register for this article: 

https://www.richmondregister.com/news/lifestyles/appalachian-heritage-continues-at-singing-bird-music-school/article_07a331a3-374d-589f-b438-9e40954009bf.html 

The Singing Bird Music School is presented by the Berea Festival of Learnshops, a Berea Tourism program. The Festival of Learnshops invites folks to grow their creative side and join outstanding professional artists and master craftspeople to experience practically any art form you can imagine. To learn more, please visit the Berea Tourism website.  

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