Appalachian Folk MusicIn-Person & Online Options

This class is offered in collaboration with Fairbanks Folk Fest

Instructor: Ryan Bowers

Date of the class: Sunday, November 21, 2021

Time of the class: 4:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Pioneer Park - Cabin 66 (Click link for accessibility information.)
Online Zoom Meeting

What’s the difference between Bluegrass and Old-Time? Is Contra Dance music really the same as Irish? Is Country music really a Folk style?

Come learn about Appalachian folk music styles, in Part One of an ongoing series on American folk music styles! Through both lecture and listening examples, we will learn to distinguish different folk music styles by ear, and gain an understanding of the history, culture, impact, and current state of each. The styles covered in Part One will include Old-Time, Contra Dance, Country, and Bluegrass.

This course is intended for music listeners as well as musicians. No prior experience or equipment is needed, just open ears and an open mind.

Important: Students attending this class in-person must show proof of vaccination against COVID-19 to take this class. Masks are also required for all individuals during all in-person classes. Masks must fit securely, and cover both nose and mouth.

Important: If you are attending this class online, please review the information on our Using Zoom for Online Classes and Meetings page to make sure you have the resources necessary to successfully and satisfactorily participate in such a class before you sign up.

Age of students: All ages welcome

Prerequisites: None

Maximum number of students (in-person): 8

Maximum number of students (online): 15

Cost of the course: $25

Contact: Ryan Bowers:

Pre-registration: This class is pre-registration only. Please register by 2 days before the class begins. Registration will be closed after this time.




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