Mountain School Of Strings To Hold Open House


Last updated 9/7/2020 at 1:03pm

Charlie Banks, a student of Mountain School of Strings, is learning to play the cello with his teacher, Norm Malenke. (Courtesy photo)

The Mountain School of Strings and JAM (Junior Appalachian Musicians) will hold an open house for parents and students on Thursday, Sept. 10, from 5-7 p.m. It will be held in open-air Strauss Auditorium on the Brevard Music Center campus. To avoid crowds and lines, people are asked to sign up for a 15-minute time slot by emailing Artistic Director Hazel Ketchum at [email protected]

During the open house, students can meet teachers, learn to tune their instruments, rent instruments, pay tuition and hear music.

Those attending are asked to wear masks and practice social distancing.

"Normally, we would be organizing our programs for the schools and the Boys & Girls Club," Ketchum said. "This year we are offering private instruction online, along with live lessons and jams in the open air pavilion at the Brevard Music Center."

Individual and group lessons for students of all ages are available in violin, guitar, cello, banjo, bass, piano, mandolin and accordion. Individual and group class lessons are available.

In addition to instrument classes, courses are being offered in music history and music theory.

Free jams and JAM classes will be offered, and financial aid is available.

"With our donations, we can support our mission to provide everyone with an opportunity to play and learn about all styles of music," Ketchum said.

For more information on class offerings and to register, visit


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