Floyd Music School began as a dream of Mike and Jen in July 2007, when Hannah and Laurel Brooke won first place for twin fiddling at the Jimmy Edmonds Homecoming Competition.
In the early 2000’s, Floyd, a hub of bluegrass and old-time music, was buzzing with players and fans, but no central place for learning the craft or passing along the traditions.
In 2006 Mike began teaching fiddle, mandolin, and guitar in the small green room at the recently renovated Floyd Country Store. Soon after, Jen added her private piano and flute students to the Floyd Music School roster.
Over the years, FMS has been located in the town’s historic Compton House (where the youth bluegrass band The Blackberries was formed) and more recently, in the old Pix Theater building, 115 W. Main St, also home to County Sales and County Records for many years.
Today, FMS is located at the family farm, 3416 Christiansburg Pike, with plans to expand our teaching studios to include a state of the art recording facility.
Thanks to the robust internet provided by Citizens Communications, we are able to meet our students not only in person but also online, worldwide.
Mike teaches fiddle, violin, guitar, mandolin, banjo
Mike has played strings and fretted instruments for 35 of the last 40 years and has taught for 20. He uses a traditional approach, but emphasizes the heritage music of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
His students play in the Roanoke Youth Symphony, have won first place in numerous Bland Competitions and fiddle contests, have attended Shasta, Mike Block, and Mark O’Connor summer music camps, as well as Roanoke Symphony’s Summer Music Institute.
His former students have gone on to study music at Frost School of Music (University of Miami), Berklee School of Music (Boston), North Carolina School of the Arts, Belmont University (TN), and more. Graduates of Mike’s studio are also signed recording artists on the Patuxent Record Label.
Jen teaches piano, flute, beginner harp
Jen has been a teacher for the last 30 years and is especially good at teaching people to read music and develop a love for the instruments.
Her students play in church, at school, in the communities around southwest VA, and often go on to study music at the college level.