Appalachian Spirit Folk Instruments & World of Harmony Music
“Your Homeschool Solution for Music Education.”
As we continue our participation in the Great South East Homeschool Convention, it seems more and more homeschool families are voicing a desire to add music education to their homeschooling curriculum. However, for many families this will involve expenses beyond their means. Parents are often faced with the choices of purchasing or leasing instruments for one or more children, and deciding to hire a teacher to provide lessons. One other issue is scheduling this instruction to fit the needs of your home.
For some households these are not areas of great concern. On the other hand, the typical homeschool family has only one income while the other parent’s time and energy is devoted to providing quality education to their young. Homeschool families may become faced with making decisions similar to any other school, public or private: Budgeting. What to concentrate on now and what gets temporarily shelved, or cut altogether. Typically, this means music education becomes one of the necessary sacrifices.
The good news is, Appalachian Spirit Folk Instruments together with World of Harmony Music have a complete and inexpensive alternative to the high cost of other instruments and private lessons.
Enjoy teaching and singing clever and humorous lyrics to classical music which teach the name of the piece, its composer, and even the story behind the piece! You’ll learn so much, so quickly, that you might even decide to teach group classes to supplement your family’s income! It really is that easy!
Do you have one or more child with special needs? This program may be of very special interest to you. With such ease of learning and playability, the therapeutic applications of our products may provide your child the opportunity to learn music and play an instrument despite some severe physical or other developmental limitations.
Parents who homeschool their children are making sacrifice enough to provide what they believe are the best solutions for their families. My wife, Liza and I know this first hand as former homeschool parents ourselves. Our children are now grown and building families and careers of their own. You can bet our grandchildren will benefit from early childhood music education.
Come visit our websites to learn more about us and share in the experience.
We are proud to present our new Harmony Zither, inspired by Debbie Center, creator of World of Harmony Music. This instrument is a two-toned combination made of Cherry and Curly Maple woods. These are available for order at $67.00 plus shipping and handling. Please note that any orders for Christmas should be made by November 20, 2015.
The Curly Maple frames on these zithers have the same beautiful “flame” effect found on fine stringed instruments such as violins and violas.
On Saturday, August 22 we were privileged to be a part of FOLKFabulous, hosted by the McKissick Museum at the University of South Carolina in Columbia. The event opened McKissick’s newest exhibition titled, Heard at Every Turn: Traditional Music in South Carolina. This exhibit is part of McKissick’s Diverse Voices series, which celebrates the traditional arts and folkways of the Southeastern United States. We had the opportunity to talk a bit about the creative process and to sell our finished instruments. It was great fun sharing our love of music with fellow enthusiasts, as well joining with traditional musical performers, instrument makers, and community music advocates from all over the state for this day of education and music making fun!
Our tent in the McKissick Museum’s courtyard at the University of South Carolina.
We were able to show instruments in various stages of production and share a bit about our process.
Bill had a special opportunity to share some fiddling pointers with a new friend, Ethan and his wonderful mom, Samantha. Ethan is a fifth grader beginning his 2nd year with violin.
We met Harold Wayne Turner, a fellow luthier whose work is on exhibit at the museum. Here he is with one of his beautiful dulcimers.
We enjoyed music throughout the day. These artists represent the rich musical culture of our state.
Grupo Frenesi Digital
Minister Jarell Smalls & Company
El-Shaddai Ambassadors Choir
John Thomas Fowler
Milly Billy Blues
We want to give a very great “Thank You!” to Doug Peach who found us at Taylors Mill and invited us to be a part of this amazing day.
We look forward to more opportunities supporting music education and sharing in the rich creative culture of our region through demonstrations and public speaking.
We are pleased to announce that Appalachian Spirit Folk Instruments is now a member of the Metropolitan Arts Council. We are very proud to be a part of this arts community. Here is the link to our page on MAC’s directory.
Metropolitan Arts Council Member Directory
The Southern Bleachery at Taylors Mill closed it’s doors in 1965. On June 5, 2015 Appalachian Spirit Folk Instruments was proud to be a part of the revival of this historic site as a vibrant community of artisans and creators. The turnout for this event was tremendous. We enjoyed a busy and successful evening meeting wonderful people and sharing our passion. Here are some photos taken as this incredible evening was winding down.
Zithers on display
Zither books by Debbie Center at World of Harmony Music with Liza’s zither.
Bill speaking with customers.
More of the mill…
The Art Gallery
Liza’s artwork on display in the gallery.
Art by Joe Everson
The Photo Bus
Our neighbor, Joe’s Studio
Nick Ring Studios
The end of a great evening.