TAPS, Traditional Arts Programs for Students, is a North Carolina Arts Council funded program that seeks to preserve North Carolina’s musical heritage and traditions. TAPS unites elementary and middle school students with local traditional musicians for instruction. The Surry Arts Council program at the EARLE is taught by award winning local musician, Jim Vipperman. Jim has won 1st place in Bluegrass Fiddle at the Galax Fiddlers Convention, and he has won the Mount Airy Fiddlers Convention Bluegrass Fiddle division 9 times. He no longer enters and is in charge of judging. He won the coveted Brown-Hudson Award for his many years of teaching hundreds of students and his efforts to keep our musical heritage alive.
Students from the fourth grade and up are invited to learn how to play. Parents, siblings, and guardians are invited to stay and participate. Visitors’ families are welcome to participate in this “hands on” cultural experience. Instruments are available for students and visitors.
Each week fiddle lessons begin at 5:30 pm followed by guitar, banjo, and mandolin at 6:15 p.m.
The sessions are free. No registration is required. For more information, call the Surry Arts Council at (336) 786-7998.