Spring 2021 News: Group Class Update

Posted on March 10, 2021 by Kelly Wells

Hi Folk School Students,

We’re writing today to let you know about a change in our Folk School offerings. As you know, the Folk School offers workshops, jams, private lessons, and group classes. As we celebrate 20 years of the Folk School this year, we reflect on the changes and evolutions we’ve seen in that time, not the least of which were the changes brought about--and still being brought about in the last year--by Covid-19.

Folk School will be suspending group classes for the foreseeable future. We will still be offering private lessons with our current instructors, as well as our weekly Saturday Session workshops with instructors from around the country, and our Sunday Jams w/ Patt & Possum.

There are a couple of reasons for the change to group classes. We were excited to pivot our in-person classes to Zoom when the pandemic hit and we were the first Folk School to do so. As more and more Folk Schools, organizations, and individual musicians offer lessons, classes and workshops, we have struggled to continue to fully fill our classes. We also have heard from many of our community members that they’d like to see Folk School expand our offerings and reach more communities in the St. Louis area and beyond.

Additionally, KDHX engaged in a significant strategic planning process in 2020 and education was a recurring theme from listeners, students, volunteers, and community members. It’s clear that the educational offerings of KDHX, which include Folk School and our audio/video training for DJs and production volunteers is one of the most important things we do. We have committed to evaluating and expanding those educational offerings over the next three years of the strategic plan and anticipate more group class offerings in the future.

We know this is a big change for those of you who regularly take classes. We are thrilled that our instructors will continue to offer private lessons and we encourage you to take advantage of all that they have to teach. You can see our private lesson offerings and information HERE

While we will miss our group classes, we’re proud that we are continuing to offer folk music education with our excellent roster of instructors and continuing to build a community around our workshops and jams. Our goal is to further both of those things as we look to future opportunities for Folk School and KDHX. 

Feel free to email us at folkschool@kdhx.org with any questions you may have and we’ll look forward to “seeing” you at a Saturday Session or Sunday Jam soon.

-The Folk School Team

Folk School Fall 2020 Session

Posted on July 13, 2020 by Folk School

Hi Folk School Community,

We here at the school are hard at work planning our fall class session. We are celebrating a solid enrollment for our summer session and are working to make the experience as wonderful for students as we can.

All along, we’ve been carefully monitoring coronavirus updates and have consulted recently with local health officials about the possibility of carefully reopening the school. Through these consultations, we recognize that due to the layout and size of the classrooms at the school, we cannot safely offer a session of in-person classes. We also recognize that singing together requires more than the standard six-feet of social distancing, making hosting group classes, especially ones that involve signing, a potentially unsafe situation.

While we look forward to the time when we can be together in person, we are excited to continue to offer online classes for our fall session. The fall session dates are August 24 - October 8. Registrations for fall classes will open next week on the Folk School website.

So that we may serve you to the best of our ability, we’d greatly appreciate you taking a couple of minutes of your time to fill out this survey and let us know your thoughts on online class instruction. We’d love to hear from you whether you’ve had the opportunity to take one of our online classes or not.

Thank you for your time in filling out the survey and thank you for being a part of the Folk School community!


-The Folks at the Folk School

May 11

Posted on May 11, 2020 by Folk School

Hi Folk School community,

Thank you to all of you who have participated in our online Spring Class Session and our weekly Saturday Sessions on our Folk School Facebook Page. We have loved getting to interact with you. If you haven’t had a chance to check out Saturday Sessions, please head to the Folk School Facebook Page to see videos from past Sessions and to get into upcoming Sessions.

As the city and county look to slowly begin reopening, we want to let you know that KDHX has developed our own reopen plan. The plan consists of four phases with each phase allowing for increased in-person interactions. Our primary goal is the safety and well being of ALL who engage in person with KDHX in our main building, at the Folk School, and through any partnerships. Even as we may see others increasing their in-person interactions, KDHX will move very slowly to do so and we appreciate your understanding and patience as we work to make the best decisions we can for the health of our full community.

Based on our reopen plan, the earliest that Folk School could potentially host in-person classes is in the fall. Our Summer Session will be hosted as online classes and the session will be open for enrollment later this week. We’re excited to present our summer session to you. Folk School instructors have been working to hone best practices for teaching online and we even have a couple of guest instructors joining us for the session!

We look forward to “seeing” you in our summer session. 

-Folk School of KDHX Team

April 3, 2020

Posted on April 03, 2020 by Folk School

Hello Folk School Community,

We are excited to announce online class offerings for our Spring Class Session!

Folk School instructors will be offering about a dozen online classes, focusing on various instruments and techniques.

Classes will be offered live through the Zoom platform and will meet weekly for 6 weeks beginning the week of April 13. Class cost is only $100 for all 6 weeks of class.

Perhaps now is the time for you to hone your skills and connect with your musical community.

Check out the class offerings and register today. Classes start soon!

Featured Classes:

Earl Scruggs Banjo
Ukulele Repertoire
Fiddle Fundamentals
Essential Guitar Tunes
Bluegrass Guitar
Clawhammer Banjo Fundamentals
Mandolin Repertoire

We look forward to (virtually) seeing you soon!

-The Folk School of KDHX Team



Posted in Classes, News, Online

March 27, 2020

Posted on March 29, 2020 by Folk School

Hello Folk School Community,

We at Folk School of KDHX have been working on opportunities so that we can stay connected with you. Folk music is all about people, being connected to people, and playing music with people. Thankfully, we live in a time where we can gather virtually when we can’t gather in person. We plan to offer several classes online for the spring session. These classes will consist of live video conferences with instructors and students and will follow a 6-week structure. We’re still confirming the details of these classes, so please look for updates and registration announcements from us in the next week or so. 

For those of you that have already signed up for the spring in-person session, we’ll be reaching out to you directly with options for your registration.

In the meantime, we’re excited to launch “Saturday Sessions”. Since we can’t gather to jam together for our monthly jams, we’ve asked the jam leaders to participate in a weekly online gathering where they will share techniques, tips, and tricks across a wide array of topics all pertaining to folk music and folk instruments. Instructors will be going live on Facebook each and every Saturday at noon for 30 minutes or so of free instruction with additional time for questions and answers. This is a great way to continue to learn and to connect with your Folk School community.

All you need to do to participate in Saturday Sessions is to go to the Folk School Facebook Page at noon on Saturdays and click on the live video.

We’ll kick off Saturday Sessions this week, Saturday, March 28. Folk School instructor, Andy Novara, will offer a session on “How to use arpeggio scales for mandoline and how to incorporate them into improvisation”. Make sure to join in at noon on Saturday and check out the Folk School Facebook page and website for future Saturday Session topics.

We look forward to “seeing” you soon,

-The Folk School of KDHX Team

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