Pick & Bow

At Hindman Settlement School, we know that musicianship is an invaluable tool in helping children to develop socially and mentally. In addition, specifically learning Appalachian old-time music instills a sense of pride and connection to our region and provides a great introduction to Appalachia’s cultural heritage for our youth.

The Pick & Bow Program is a low to no-cost after-school music education program that teaches local youth Appalachian old-time music in Letcher and Knott Counties in Kentucky. The Pick & Bow Program was launched in 2003 Letcher County through the Traditional Music Project with Appalshop and WMMT-FM. In 2016, Hindman Settlement School partnered with the Project to expand the program into Knott County Schools. Each semester begins with an assembly performance by our instructors in schools where the program operates. These assemblies allow new students to see and hear Appalachian old-time music performed live. Our instructors will teach after-school, starting out at two elementary schools in Knott County, for the duration of the school year, with the goal of expanding into more schools as the program develops.

Students of the program are given the choice between guitar, fiddle, banjo, or mandolin.  The Pick & Bow Program also hosts annual student concerts at Hindman Settlement School at the conclusion of each semester. Our instructors have honed their craft by playing with, or apprenticing under, traditional master musicians from eastern Kentucky.  Pick & Bow’s mission is to carry on the tradition of passing on the talent and tunes of our Appalachian ancestors to younger generations.

If you are interested in enrolling your child in our Pick & Bow Program or in serving the program as an instructor, reach out to us.