Coming Together for a Great Week

Mountain Empire Community College’s Mountain Music School is a week-long event dedicated to the preservation and continuation of Appalachian music and culture. Located in Big Stone Gap, Va., the school provides opportunities for students age 10 and up to experience traditional old-time music with fun and supportive instruction. Students may select an instrument and skill level of their choice, including beginning and advanced "old-time" fiddle, claw-hammer banjo, guitar, mandolin, dulcimer, autoharp, and dog house bass. A limited number of instruments are available for loan for the week. In addition, those with intermediate and advanced skills can participate in an optional string-band class. Dance and sing along at daily concerts featuring some of the region’s most gifted old-time musicians.

Join us for a week of music, mountains, and memories where generations come together to celebrate the unique richness and beauty of Appalachian culture.



For many years, Mountain Empire Community College (MECC) has trained and educated the local workforce of Southwest Virginia. Equally important, MECC has been the area's cultural center...