Roy Clark School of Music
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Show 1615: Roy Clark School of Music
Air Date: April 10, 2016
Rob McClendon: Whether you have dreams of the big time, or just want to hone your musical talent, the Roy Clark music school at Northeast Technology Center is helping aspiring performing artists. Joining me now to tell us more about all this is our Courtney Maye.
Courtney Maye: Residents in Claremore, Oklahoma, can learn from country music legends without even leaving town. Adults in the music program at the Roy Clark School of Music are pursuing their musical dreams while learning from the best.
[Jana Jae playing the fiddle.]
Courtney Maye: Whether it’s a hobby or a future career, fiddlin’ with Jana Jae can’t be beat. Past “Hee Haw” TV star and world-class fiddler now wanting to give back to her fans that gave her so much.
Jana Jae: Fiddling is a tradition that’s handed down from generation to generation, from person to person.
Courtney: A family love passed down to her.
Jae: We lived with grandmother and granddaddy for a while, and every night we would jam.
Courtney: And student Charlene Smith jumped at the chance to fiddle with the best.
Charlene Smith: She’s committed to continuing and fostering our American musical heritage, and she’s just interested in helping any fiddler be the best they can be.
Courtney: Tucked away in Claremore, Oklahoma, you’ll find the Roy Clark School of Music, offering a variety of courses ranging from piano and fiddle to music management and business, a school infusing passion in teachers like Ray Bingham.
Bingham: It has made all of us instructors really want to do well. And we don’t want anyone to come up here and leave disappointed, so we really do our very best.
Courtney: And teachers like Daniel McBride take music beyond the basics.
Daniel McBride: Music is feeling. That’s what it is. It makes you happy. It makes you sad. It can make you angry.
Courtney: A design that is unique to each musician.
Jae: So you can have music, sheet music, there’s lots of music out there now, but you’ve got to have kind of a style to go with it. Because you can’t play “Boiling Cabbage” like Mozart, you know. It just doesn’t work.
Courtney: Playing with attitude, not wanting to stop.
Jae: Nobody wants to go home. We all want to stay.
Courtney: Passing musical talent and skills down from one generation to the next, all while fiddling the night away.