FAQs

FAQs

1.THE TEXT ON THE HOMEPAGE DOES NOT DISPLAY PROPERLY.

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2. I WANT TO SIGN UP FOR A CLASS AND BRING MY SPOUSE WITH ME, BUT HE/SHE DOES NOT WANT TO TAKE A CLASS, CAN I DO THAT?

Yes.  Participants who do not wish to enroll in a class can spend a week at Augusta by purchasing a non-refundable / non-transferrable Guest Pass. The $150 pass allows access to special group sessions, including afternoon sessions and evening events such as concerts and dances. Guests are not considered participants and may not attend class. Mini-courses are an additional fee.

In order to stay in campus housing, individuals must be registered as a participant, chaperone, or guest.

3. I WANT TO BE AN INSTRUCTOR AT AUGUSTA, WHAT SHOULD I DO?

Send a resume and class proposal to Augusta Heritage Center of Davis & Elkins College, 100 Campus Drive, Elkins, WV 26241. Include your teaching experience, professional experience, and any information you deem pertinent. Be sure to include personal and professional references. Include a brief outline of the class you are proposing and how you feel it will fit in with Augusta’s programming and mission, i.e. a particular theme week and/or a stand-alone class. Remember that our classes usually meet for a large portion of the day for five days. Stand-alone classes meet all day.

4. I WANT TO PERFORM AT ONE OF AUGUSTA’S CONCERTS, WHAT SHOULD I DO?

Augusta does not hire staff for the sole purpose of performing. We hire instructors who are also performers for the most part. The performers at our concerts include those who are full-time instructors or staff members for that particular week.

5. WHERE I CAN I FIND INFORMATION OR ADVICE ABOUT TRAVELING WITH MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS?

Click here to see what the Transportation Security Administration advises for travelers transporting musical instruments.

6. WHAT ABOUT TRAVELING WITH THINGS I NEED OR OTHER THINGS I’D LIKE TO BRING ALONG?

Click here to see what the Transportation Security Administration advises for travelers. This page provides links to a variety of information regarding air travel.

7. HOW DO I CHOSE THE CLASS LEVEL THAT IS RIGHT FOR ME?

Levels of ability are specified for many classes.  We strongly recommend that you consider the following definitions when choosing a class:

Please consider the following definitions when choosing a class:

  • Novice or From Scratch: Student has never tried the instrument, craft, style of voice or dance.
  • Beginner: For music classes, student has basic knowledge of where the notes are, how to tune, but still needs considerable guidance in how to play. In theme week classes, student has basic knowledge of an instrument but may have no experience with the particular style of music. For dance classes, student may have limited dance experience but is new to the style of dance. For craft classes, students have some prior artistic experience but are unfamiliar with the media. For voice classes, student may have limited vocal experience, but is new to a particular vocal style.
  • Advanced Beginner: Student knows some basics, but is not yet at intermediate level.
  • Intermediate: For music classes, student has moderate repertoire of tunes and can play at normal speed. In couple dancing, student knows how to lead and follow. In a craft class, student has mastered the basics.
  • Advanced: For music and dance classes, student has extensive experience and is able to concentrate solely on the subtleties of style and expanding repertoire. For craft classes, student is familiar with basic and intermediate techniques and is able to focus on honing their craft, focusing on fine detail work, and experimenting with advanced techniques.

8. WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN OLD TIME BANJO AND BLUEGRASS BANJO STYLES?

Old-time banjo, also referred to as clawhammer banjo, is the style used when playing old-time string band music. Players of this style do not use picks.

Bluegrass banjo, also referred to as three-finger style banjo, uses picks on the index and middle fingers and on the thumb. This style was originated by Earl Scruggs and is used in playing bluegrass music.

9. HOW DO I GET TO ELKINS, WV AND THE AUGUSTA HERITAGE CENTER AT DAVIS & ELKINS COLLEGE?

Click here for directions. Also provided on the website is a campus map to help you find different class and events locations.

10. WHAT IS AUGUSTA’S CANCELLATION POLICY?

Read the policy here.  

11. IF I NEED A RIDE OR WOULD LIKE TO SHARE A RIDE WITH OTHER AUGUSTA STUDENTS WHAT SHOULD I DO?

Click on the TRIP PLANNER tab at the top of the page and select Ride Share Request. Fill out and submit the form. Your information will be posted on the Ride Share Board the same or following day. You will be notified by email when it is posted.

12. MAY I STAY ON CAMPUS IF  I AM ONLY TAKING A MINI-COURSE?

Sorry, only students taking a regular week-long course  or guests of students who also purchased a guest pass are permitted to stay in on-campus housing.

13. CAN I RECEIVE COLLEGE OR CONTINUING EDUCATION CREDIT?

Davis & Elkins College offers undergraduate college credit for any full-time Augusta class (1 credit hour per week). To receive credit, you must pay a fee of $110 per credit hour at Sunday check-in. Transcripts may be requested via the following website: https://iwantmytranscript.com/dewv. The cost for each transcript is $10 and may be paid via debit/credit card. College credit applicants must be at least a high school junior. To determine if your Augusta classes may be used to fulfill continuing education requirements, please check with your employer.

14. WHAT ARE THE AGE REQUIREMENTS FOR CHILDREN?

A few basic rules apply for reasons of safety and for the benefit of all who attend Augusta:

  • Students taking classes may not bring infants or children to class.
  • Parents/chaperones are responsible for children outside of class.
  • Students under 18 must name an adult chaperone who has agreed to be responsible for them during their week at Augusta.
  • Chaperones who wish to register for campus housing but are not registered as students must pay a non-refundable/non-transferrable $150 chaperone fee (includes access to all special group sessions, including afternoon sessions and evening events). Chaperones are not considered students and may not attend class.
  • If a young student is staying on campus, the chaperone must also stay on campus in the same room and pay housing and meal fees.
  • Children who have completed kindergarten through 5th grade  may enroll in Augusta for Kids.
  • Students 13 years old and up may enroll in adult classes. An adult level of participation is expected. Children younger than 13 years old may enroll in adult classes if pre-approved by Augusta and the instructor. An adult level of participation is expected.
  • Minimum age requirements vary for craft classes. 

15. ARE THERE SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE?

The Augusta Scholarship Program has nurtured the talent of hundreds of musicians, singers, dancers and artisans. Many have gone on to become professionals in their chosen fields. Applications must include an application form, a registration form, and a letter of recommendation from a non-family artist who is familiar with the applicant and can attest to his or her aptitude.

The Scholarship deadline is April  1, 2017.

The scholarship application and the recommendation form are online applications available here. Late applications are considered if funds are available. Scholarship awards do not include housing and meals. Applicants under 18 must be accompanied by an adult chaperone. Email Augusta@AugustaHeritageCenter.org or call 304-637-1209 with any questions.

For information about tax deductible donations to the Augusta Scholarship Fund, please contact Beth King, Director, at (304) 637-1209.

16. WHAT ARE THE ON-CAMPUS HOUSING & MEALS FEE?

Residence Hall Pricing For All Weeks:

  • Double Occupancy – $415 per person if paid by June 1. $455 per person if paid after June 1.
  • Single Occupancy (if available) – $555 per person if paid by June 1. $595 per person if paid after June 15.
  •  Includes all meals from Sunday dinner through Saturday brunch.
  • Prices include all taxes and fees.
  • Housing fees must be paid in full upon registration. You may register for housing when you register for your class or at a later date. Register for housing early to ensure space is available.
  • Housing in Davis & Elkins College residence halls is available only for students enrolled in full-time Augusta classes and for individuals who have paid to register as chaperones and guests of full time students.
  • An adult rooming with his/her child will not be placed with an additional non-family member roommate unless the adults make the request. If one adult and one child share a room, each pays full price. All multiple roommates pay for housing.

17. CAN I PARTICIPATE IN AUGUSTA WITHOUT TAKING A CLASS?

  • Augusta’s evening events, including jam sessions, presentations, concerts and dances are open to the public. (Many events are free; concerts and dances have an admission.) The Augusta Festival, Monthly Square Dances, Fiddlers’ Reunion and Pickin’ in the Park are also open to the public.
  • If you are interested in taking a class but the cost is prohibitive, consider applying for one of our scholarships.
  • Participants who do not wish to enroll in a class can spend a week at Augusta by purchasing a non-refundable/non-transferrable Guest Pass. The $150 pass allows access to special group sessions, including afternoon sessions and evening events. Guests are not considered students and may not attend class.
  • In order to stay in campus housing, individuals must be registered as a student, chaperone or guest.

18. CAN I REGISTER AND PAY ONLINE?

From any page on our website, you can go to the secure registration form by clicking the “Register” tab at the top of the page.

Save a stamp and time!  You can register and pay by credit card online!

You may also mail the completed & signed registration form to: Augusta Heritage Center • Davis & Elkins College • 100 Campus Drive • Elkins, WV 26241

Registration form MUST be accompanied by tuition payment in full.