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Tom Druckenmiller teaches Clawhammer Banjo and Old-Time Guitar

Hear Tom introduce himself and play a bit.

Tom Druckenmiller

Teaches at Meadowood: Alternate Saturdays


Tom is a wonderful old-time banjo & guitar teacher who has played music all of his life. His musical background influences his teaching. Able to teach basic reading and music theory as components of his instruction, Tom will present those elements to students who are seeking them. However, his personal preference for traditional acoustic music (which is normally taught by demonstration and by ear) makes him more interested in teaching that way. Tom enjoys working with students who want to play for fun. He's studied under banjoists Gerry Milnes, Craig Johnson, Dwight Diller and guitarists Phil Jameson, Roy Bookbinder, and Norman & Nancy Blake.


Teaching beginning to advanced students, Tom emphasizes listening to music of the past. He teaches at Augusta Heritage Center at Elkins College and has produced six CDs with his family band: The Road Home, ‘Til the Clouds Roll By, Harvest Time, Morning Star,  Bound to Change and Back Home. The Druckenmiller family has shared the stage with Beausoleil, Byron Berline, Bill Hicks, Jones & Leva, Brad Leftwich, Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer. 


Tom's produced & hosted a radio program featuring old-time music for more than a twenty years. His show, "In the Tradition" has been a charter program on WDIY-FM (88.1 FM) for twenty-one years. He was a reviewer for Sing Out! Magazine, writer for the Martin Guitar Company's The Sounding Board & a member of the steering committee for, "Old Time Music on the Radio,” an organization that disbanded when it achieved its goal of getting more air time for Old-Time Music.


Tom continues to host "In the Tradition" on WDIY and now produces and hosts The Sing Out! Radio Magazine which is syndicated nationally, and available on iTunes, Stitcher, Podamatic and on the Sing Out! website,


We are very excited to have Tom teaching at Meadowood.  



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