The Crooked Road (TCR)’s Traditional Music Education Program (TMEP) is a multi-faceted educational initiative. It is designed to support existing traditional music programs and instructors, to encourage the implementation of new traditional music programs, to support youth music performance, and to incorporate traditional music coursework and instruction in Southwest Virginia’s schools. Established in 2010, the TMEP provides unique educational opportunities and programs for the region’s youth, and has already fostered tremendous pride and interest in celebrating the musical and cultural heritage of Southwest Virginia. The TMEP combines both direct learning and professional development designed to align with The Crooked Road mission to promote the unique musical traditions of our region.
TMEP Numbers Served
The TMEP has served more than 17,000 teachers, students, school administrators, traditional music program staff and instructors, youth performers, and musicians since 2010. These numbers include more than 1,500 teachers and 8,000 students and youth performers. More than 300 teachers have been trained through Crooked Road teacher training workshops. The program also introduces youth performance opportunities affiliated with TMEP including a youth performance series that has showcased young musicians in over 100 performances todate, and a Youth Music Festival, which features ca. 200 youth musicians each year.