Kentucky Music Week

June 26 - July 1, 2016

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Welcome to 2016 Kentucky Music Week

Update 2/16/2016: Registrations are now being accepted. Lodging information is based on last year's prices. We will update lodging information as soon as possible. As always, do not hesitate to contact us and thanks for being patient.

Kentucky Music Week offers a full five days of instruction in a wide variety of traditional arts including all levels of fretted dulcimer and hammered dulcimer, classes in ukulele, guitar, banjo, fiddle, autoharp, penny whistle, vocal classes, old-time craft classes, and much, much more! Over 150 class choices are offered this year with something for everyone!

Festivities begin with a huge welcome party and jam session Sunday evening. Week-long evening activities include concerts by instructors, open stage opportunities for participants, bonus afternoon workshops, lots of jams, an opportunity to visit area attractions, old-time cake walk, campground jam, Mardi Gras Party and Finale’ Jam!

A wonderful week is planned full of music classes, jammin’, making new friends and seeing old ones again in beautiful, historic Bardstown, Kentucky.


Bardstown City Schools will be our class location for this summer! We will have access to all the classroom space we need for instructors, a large gym for vending and dance areas, two large parking lots with plenty of space to accommodate our needs, and much more! More class room space and two elevators have been added for this year. Bardstown City Schools are located in the heart of Bardstown and it is a close walk to area shops, restaurants and attractions, and about a five minute drive to motels, hotels and campgrounds.
308 North Fifth Street
Bardstown, KY 40004

Our host hotels this year are the General Nelson Inn and the Hampton Inn in Bardstown, along with several others listed on our Lodging page. Be sure to tell them any special needs you might have. My Old Kentucky Home Campground and White Acres Campground are our camp grounds for this year. You must make your own reservations with the motels or campgrounds directly. Jamming information will also be listed with each motel OR you can join the larger jams at General Nelson Inn and Hampton Inn.

Breakfast is usually included with your motel rooms. Hampton Inn and General Nelson Inn offer a full breakfast buffet. Most others have Continental breakfast items.

Lunch offers several options: lunches will be catered in each day for those that want to purchase the lunch plan; you can purchase items from the concession stand; area restaurants are a short drive away or bring your own to the school.

The KMW lunch plan offers a different option each day. These include fried or roasted chicken with mashed potatoes, slaw and biscuit, a variety of pizzas with salad, Italian buffet with salad and bread, sub sandwiches and chips, and fried fish sandwich with two choices of sides. All lunches come with dessert and either iced tea or bottled water. If you have food allergies or special food requirements you may not want the lunch plan.

Luncheon Salads are available at the concession stand with day-before preorder.

Supper is on your own, however, there are many restaurants throughout Bardstown that are close to motels and Bardstown City Schools. A list of suggested restaurants will be provided in your Welcome Packet. Some restaurants give discounts to Kentucky Music Week participants!

There is rarely a dull moment at Kentucky Music Week. You'll enjoy the evening concerts, large and small jams, impromptu mini-concerts, Mardi Gras parade, local tours and eateries, and so much more.
In order to help continue the tradition of equipping students of the dulcimer and raising up more dulcimer teachers, is providing the funding for two scholarships to Kentucky Music Week, 2016. These scholarships cover the cost of classes for a young student and a dulcimer teacher who is actively teaching students. We sincerely appreciate this support from our dulcimer community.