Jones House music lessons to resume

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Article Published: Jan. 23 | Modified: Jan. 23
Jones House music lessons to resume

From left, students Asa Nelson and Sophia Burnett take a fiddle class with instructor Brandon Holder.

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The Jones House Cultural and Community Center is tuning up for a new session of music lessons.

The lessons kick off Thursday, Feb. 6, in a session that will continue through May.

Classes are held each Thursday at the Jones House, starting at 4:30, 5:30 or 6:30 p.m., depending on the particular class. Students ages 6 through adult may enroll in these group classes, led by expert, local old-time and bluegrass musicians.

“The group lessons are a lot of fun,” said Mark Freed, the town of Boone’s cultural resources coordinator. “It gives students a chance to go through the experience with other players at their level, and some classes will combine different instruments, which is more like playing in a band.”

Instruments offered include fiddle, guitar, mandolin, banjo and, occasionally, dulcimer and ukulele.
“The instruments and playing levels offered depend on what students enroll,” Freed said. “We need to have enough students to assign the precious space at the Jones House. The house really fills up on Thursdays.”

Lessons begin at rank beginner levels and continue through intermediate and sometimes advanced levels.

“This program is a great opportunity for beginner through intermediate musicians to learn a little more or for rank beginners to try a new instrument,” Freed said, adding that students can bring their own instruments or rent them from the program.

Courses include: Beginning Fiddle, Advanced Beginning Fiddle, Intermediate Fiddle and Advanced Fiddle; Beginning Guitar, Advanced Beginning Guitar and Intermediate Guitar; Beginning Banjo, Advanced Beginning Banjo and Intermediate Banjo; Beginning Mandolin, Advanced Beginning Mandolin and Intermediate Mandolin; Flatfoot Dance; Ukulele; and Mountain Dulcimer.

Course dates for the 2014 winter and spring session include: Feb. 6, 13, 20 and 27; March 6, 13, 20 and 27; April 3, 10 and 17; and May 1, 8, 15 and 22.

Classes will meet Thursdays at 4:30, 5:30 and 6:30 p.m., depending on the class. Freed said times will be scheduled once enough students have registered.

To register, interested parties should email the student’s name, age, instrument, playing level and whether or not a rental will be needed and other notes (e.g. time preference, activity conflicts, etc.) to Freed at (

The cost for the entire 15-week season is $75 for children and $120 for adults.

The cost for a five-week session (Feb. 6 to March 6, March 13 to April 10, April 17 to May 22) is $35 for children and $50 for adults.

Instrument rentals cost $25 for an entire session and $10 for a five-week session. Freed noted that some scholarships are available by request for kids younger than 18.

The music lessons are offered by the town of Boone in collaboration with the Downtown Boone Development Association and grant support from the North Carolina Arts Council.

For more information about session dates, costs and enrollment information, contact Freed at (828) 262-4576 or ( The Jones House is located at 604 W. King St. in downtown Boone.

Additional Images

From left, students Asa Nelson and Sophia Burnett take a fiddle class with instructor Brandon Holder.
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From left, instructor William Ritter teaches Maia Yarborough the intricacies of banjo picking.
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