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Cowan Creek Mountain Music School

  • Cowan Elementary School 3125 South State Highway 931 Whitesburg, KY, 41858 United States (map)

The 17th annual Cowan Creek Mountain Music School, June 25-29, 2018 will bring together some of this country's finest old time musicians, along with students of all levels, for a week of learning and fun. The school will offer courses in banjo, fiddle, guitar, mandolin, old time string band and Kids on the Creek, an arts and music class for kids ages 4 to 10 led by Amanda Wells, Sophie Dansereau and Debra Fields. Other faculty include: fiddlers Jimmy McCown, Barbara Kuhns, John Harrod, Linda Jean Stokley and Megan Gregory; banjoists John Haywood, Carla Gover, Montana Hobbs, and Brett Ratliff; guitarists Roy Tackett, Russell Wright, and Michael Garvin; mandolinist Don Rogers, and leading string band & singing, Karly Dawn Milner. Students will also enjoy in-class visits and afternoon performances by masters of traditional music George Gibson, Jesse Wells and master-in-residence Randy Wilson as well as jam sessions, workshops, faculty concerts and square dancing. 
The school is held at the Cowan Elementary School and the Cowan Community Center near Whitesburg in Letcher County, Kentucky. Instrument classes are open to kids age 11 and older and adults. Tuition is $200 for Kentucky residents and $300 for out-of-state students. Tuition for Kids on the Creek is $150. Youth scholarships are available! Please register before June 8th. For a complete schedule and registration information see the website: or for questions or to request a brochure email us at or call (606) 335-5350 . The Cowan Creek Mountain Music School is produced by the Cowan Community Action Group, Inc. with support from Appalshop, the Letcher County Board of Education and the Letcher County Tourism Council.