CCMMS 2022 Online Winter Music School

January 10, 2022 @ 7:00PM — March 31, 2022 @ 8:00PM Eastern Time (US & Canada)

Contact Stacy Dollarhide at to request a scholarship.

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"Music from the mountains, in the mountains."

There are currently no tickets available for this event, but you can still make a donation.


Here’s a sure cure for the winter blues! CCMMS is pleased to offer virtual classes to keep you progressing in fiddle, banjo, and/or guitar. Or you can take up a new instrument! Class information can be found below. You can also read a biography for each instructor at

Each class meets for one hour each week via Zoom for 12 weeks, during the evenings. All class times are listed in Eastern Standard Time. Tuition is $100 and scholarships are available by contacting Stacy Dollarhide at

Participants will:

  1. Learn tunes and techniques. Not just new tunes, but style points and embellishments to take your playing to the next level.
  2. Discover more about the mountain players who have influenced generations of music. Connect with the region’s finest teachers and tradition-bearers and find out how you can learn more from them in the future!
  3. Ask questions and meet other players in your class

Based in a small Appalachian community just outside Whitesburg, Kentucky, our annual summer program features “music FROM the mountains, IN the mountains.” Learn more at

Classes will be held on the Zoom platform. You’ll also receive links to watch a recording of the class later, so you can continue to learn.

Winter School 2022 Class Information:

Beginning Fiddle (Sarah Howard, Thursdays at 7:00pm beginning January 13th, last class March 31st) Is for folks who have no previous experience with fiddle. Sarah will start with the basics- how to hold the instrument and bow to produce the sound you want. Then you’ll jump right into learning some favorite easy tunes. She’ll also give you tips on how to learn more tunes on your own.

Intermediate Fiddle: Tunes by Kentucky Fiddlers You Never Heard Of (John Harrod, Tuesdays at 7:00pm beginning January 11th, last class March 29th) This class is for most fiddlers who have been playing for a couple of years and are hungry for new tunes. John will prove that great music often comes from fiddlers who stayed on the farm, cherished their local tunes and never got anywhere close to Nashville.

Advanced Fiddle: Tunes from Fleming and Lewis Counties (Jesse Wells, Mondays at 7:00pm, beginning January 10th, last class March 28th) This class is for fiddlers who can play common tunes up to dance speed. Experience in cross-tuning is recommended but not required. Jesse will dig deep in the Kentucky Center for Traditional Music archives to explore the repertoire of great fiddlers like Buddy Thomas, Roger Cooper, Alfred Bailey, Bob Prater and more.

Intermediate/Advanced Guitar (Don Rogers, Mondays at 6:00pm beginning January 10th, last class March 28th) Is for guitar players who have completed a beginner class and/or are getting comfortable with strumming and changing the basic chords. Don will cover back up for some favorite Kentucky songs and tunes and give you tips on how to develop the accompaniment for your own favorite pieces.

Beginning Banjo (Arlo Barnett, Wednesdays at 6:00pm beginning January 12th, last class March 30th) Is for folks with no previous experience with a string instrument. Arlo will cover the basic clawhammer strum and the chords for simple, but fun, old time songs and tunes.

Intermediate Banjo: East Kentucky Banjo Styles (Randy Wilson, Wednesdays at 7:00pm beginning January 12th, last class March 30th) Is for banjo players who are comfortable with the clawhammer strum and can play a handful of tunes. Randy will cover tunes and alternate tunings from the mountains, including tunes and songs from George Gibson and Lee Boy Sexton.

Go grab an instrument and meet us by the pot-belly wood stove to get a little taste of Kentucky no matter where you are!