At Lessonface, we are thrilled that the John C. Campbell Folk School will be offering its magical and life-changing classes to remote students via our online platform beginning in February. It is our sincere hope that through this programming we can deliver a true Folk School experience, an experience which is very near and dear to me personally.
Claire takes a mandolin lesson on Lessonface
My name is Claire Cunningham. Back in the summer of 1999, I was a Work Study student at the Folk School. Thinking back on that time, there are so many great memories: starting days with Morningsong, studying bookbinding and paper sculpture in the study weeks, mowing grass and weed whacking in the sun on the work weeks, running down to Clay’s Corner for a soda and a dip in the creek, evenings in the studio completing projects, going to dances in the hall, hanging around the campfire telling tales, and playing music. Looking back on these moments, I realize more and more their profound impact on me at a very formative point in my life.
I started Lessonface about eight years ago to make great music teachers available to a wider audience via a convenient online platform. The spark created by a great teacher, the motivation of feedback and one’s fellow students–we’ve been fortunate to work with some amazing people to translate all of this to the online, remote learning context, in a format that I am proud to say is fair to teachers and has been widely embraced by students. Today, Lessonface has delivered hundreds of thousands of online lessons to students all over the world.
The Folk School transforms lives, bringing people together in a nurturing environment for experiences in learning and community life that spark self-discovery. Located in scenic Brasstown, North Carolina, the Folk School offers year-round weeklong and weekend classes for adults in craft, art, music, dance, cooking, gardening, nature studies, photography and writing.