Created in response to the global COVID-19 pandemic and its devastating impact on the livelihoods of artists, TRAIN connects interested students of all skill levels with a diverse range of master musicians, craftspeople, and tradition bearers offering online instructional opportunities. Start your lessons today!

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Purl Samoheyl

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I began my learning in woodwork at Twin Oaks community in Louisa where I lived for 18 years. There, they have 450 acres of hardwoods where I was

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Woodwork, repair, carving, toy making, lathe turning

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Leonardo Sandoval

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Brazilian tap dancer and choreographer Leonardo Sandoval is renowned for blending America’s great tap tradition with Brazil’s rich rhythmic and musical heritage. He helped bring tap to a

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Tap Dance, Body Percussion, Brazilian Rhythms & Styles, Improvisation, Choreography

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Sunun Saranai

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Chef Sunun is a native of Bangkok, Thailand who came to the U.S. in the early 2000's. In Bangkok she operated her own street cart for decades serving

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Thai Cuisine

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Ben Schenck

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My background is as a bandleader in New Orleans. I have two bands. Panorama Jazz Band is a 7 piece sit down band that (until the pandemic anyway)

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Finale software, composing, arranging, music theory, as well as bandleading and clarinet.

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Jesse Shultzaberger

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Jesse Shultzaberger is a full time, professional musician. He has been a drummer for over 30 years, has taught private drum lessons for more than 15 years, and

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Drum set, percussion, drumline, concert band

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Andrew Small

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Multi-instrumentalist Andrew Small has performed with artists ranging from Sierra Hull and Mandolin Orange to the North Carolina Symphony. A native of eastern North Carolina, Andrew now lives

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Old Time Fiddle, Old Time Banjo (clawhammer and fingerpicking), Bluegrass and Old Time Mandolin, Bluegrass and Old Time Guitar, Double Bass

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Gina Sobel

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Gina Sobel is a natural improviser. A virtuoso on multiple instruments (flute, sax, voice), she exudes energy and excitement in her live performances and is sought after as

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flute, sax, voice, guitar, songwriting, piano, jazz studies

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Natalie Spears

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Natalie Spears is a multi instrumentalist, singer-songwriter, and dance lover. She has performed heavily over the past 7 years and has played at the John Hartford Memorial Festival

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Banjo, Bass, Jamming 101, Piano

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Martha Spencer

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Martha Spencer is a singer-songwriter, mountain musician and dancer from the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. She grew up in the musical Spencer family and learned to play

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Flatfoot dancing, old time banjo, fiddle, guitar

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