Learn to Play!
At Mountain View Music, we have a fine crew of teachers to help you play your best.
Meet Our Instructors:
fiddle, clawhammer banjo
Multi instrumental teacher and store everythinger. Shay was born to teach. As a public school teacher in the 80’s and 90’s she received three National Awards for teaching Science and Economics. Since moving to Mountain View in 1999 Shay has thrown herself into the world of old-time fiddling.
Shay has reached an absolute master level in old-time fiddle in several different regional styles. As a testiment to her teaching abilities, many of her students have become State Champions and Grand Champions in old-time fiddling.
Breaking down difficult techniques seems effortless to her as she recognizes her students’ strengths and needs at a glance. This, coupled with her infectious love of the craft, enthusiastic teaching style and history of successful students cause many to claim she is the best teacher they have seen.
guitar, mandolin, upright bass
Albee has been teaching at Mountain View Music for the last ten years, and has been playing at the Ozark Folk Center since 1995. An experienced player with eclectic taste, he’s your go-to guy for learning anything from old time back-up, to bluegrass leads, to jazz chords and inversions.
In just five short years Rebecca has gone from a non-player to and Arkansas Grand Champion old-time fiddler. She is a master solo player and also plays regularly as a member of two award-winning old-time bands, giving her a good understanding of the unique dynamics of playing with other musicians.
Rebecca loves teaching and truly takes her students accomplishments to heart. She is comfortable in presenting skills and techniques in small incremental step sand moving at an obtainable pace for beginner to advanced-intermediate players. She is fun to work with, encouraging, and loves to laugh.
McKain is a singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist (she even took third in the 2019 Arkansas State Old Time Banjo contest) who spends her summers on the road playing music, and her winters teaching in Mountain View. With a degree from Berklee College of Music, McKain knows the foundations of music inside and out. She works hard to tailor her lessons to the needs of individual students- balancing technique with music theory and ear training to ensure her students have the confidence and knowledge to be jam-ready singers and players.