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Passing the Pick & Bow

Our after-school Appalachian music program, Passing the Pick and Bow, puts banjos, fiddles, guitars and mandolins in the hands of nearly 100 students each year. It’s free, year-round, and part of Appalshop’s broader mission to foster pride and connection to Appalachian arts and culture.

Classes are open to the general public on a sliding fee scale and scholarships are available for Letcher County students. Sessions last eight weeks and classes meet once a week for one hour. (Schedules subject to change based on needs)

We offer classes at various levels in:





2024 Schedule

Enrollment & Session Dates

Feb 1
May 31
Spring Semester

Performance Opportunities

Jun 16 2023
Jun 17 2023
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