All ages can learn to play Appalachian music

By: Staff Report

UPSTATE — If you have ever wanted to learn how to play the guitar, banjo, fiddle or mandolin, now is the time to take the plunge.

Enrollment is now underway for the next session of the Appalachian Evening Music Program, which begins the week of Sept. 7 at various locations. The enrollment period runs through Sept. 10.

The program is open to students from third grade through adults of all ages. It is designed to teach students to play Appalachian music with the guitar, banjo, fiddle or mandolin. The cost is $60 for a six-week session and $25 for instrument rental, if needed.

Contact one of the following Program Directors:

• Easley: Tuesday nights at the First Baptist Church. Contact: Susan Ware-Snow, 864-979-9188 or

• Greenville (downtown): Thursday nights at St. Paul United Methodist Church. Contact Susan Ware-Snow at 864-979-9188 or for information.

• Pickens: Pickens: Monday and Thursday nights at the Pickens Community Center. Contact Steve McGaha at 864-283-4871 or for information.

• Salem: Monday nights at the Blue Ridge Mountain Cloggers Studio. Contact Sharon Payne at 864 888-7916 or for information.

• Six Mile: Monday nights. Contact Jan Nations at 864-608-3171 or for information.

• Walhalla: Various nights at the Oconee Heritage Center. Contact Jennifer Moss at 864-638-2224 or for information.

The Evening Music Program is sponsored by Preserving Our Southern Appalachian Music Inc., a charitable non-profit organization. For more information on the Young Appalachian Musicians program, visit or contact Betty McDaniel at 864-878-4257 or

Staff Report