Roots of American Music Week

Come to the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains for a week of instruction, sharing, and fun with music for students with an interest in learning more about and increasing their skills in popular areas of acoustic American Roots Music. There will be an emphasis on increasing self- confidence in performance as well as increasing technical skills. Registration will open on December 1st, 2017.

We have an amazing line up of talented instructors, many of whom are accomplished songwriters. This year we will be hosting instructor-moderated song writing circles everyday after lunch, as well as an open mic in the evenings. Visit website for complete schedule and registration details.

Daily Schedule for 2018 Roots of American Music Week


  • 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm – Check-in for program and housing
  • 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm – Dinner
  • 6:15 pm – Walking Campus History Tour
  • 7:00 pm – Orientation in Chapel, Meet and Greet will be afterwards

Monday - Friday:

  • 7:00 am - 8:30 am – Breakfast
  • 8:45 am - 10:15 am – Class A (See class details below)
  • 10:30 am - 12:00 pm – Class B (See class details below)
  • 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm – Lunch
  • 1:15 pm - 2:15 pm – Writers Circle
  • 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm – Class C (See class details below)
  • 4:15 pm - 5:15 pm – Workshops
  • 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm – Dinner
  • 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm – Monday - Wednesday will be announced at a later date         
  • 8:30 pm - 10:00 pm – Monday - Wednesday Open Mic at Stackhouse in Mars Hill
    • Thursday will be Instructors Concert
    •  Friday will be Student Showcase and Dance Party afterwards

Students will be able to choose 1 class per time slot to attend M-F. Below are the choices:

  • Class A: Ballad Singing with Gerrard; Texas Blues Guitar with Hawkins; Mandolin with Brashear; Ukulele Blues Party with Rey; Scratch Band with Gordon.
  • Class B: Blues Singing with Thompson; Piedmont Blues Guitar with Hawkins; Flat Pick Guitar with Brashear, OT Clawhammer Banjo with Lee; Scratch Band with Whitley
  • Class C: Country Duets with Gerrard & Brashear; Memphis Minnie Guitar Styles with Rey; Blues and Ragtime with Thompson; 3 Finger Bluegrass Banjo with Lee; Scratch Band with Dowdle

Event Details

Location Mars Hill University
Mars Hill, NC
Cost Ticketed/Admission Charged
Visit website for registration and costs.
Music Styles
Event Type Workshop / Class / Demonstration
  • ✔ Food Service
  • ✔ Handicapped Accessible

Contact Info

Phone (828) 689-1167

Upcoming Dates: