Welcome to my site.
I am many things: musician, crafts person, dance facilitator, teacher, community organizer, nature lover, wanderer, mentor, friend, human…
In a world that pressures us to specialize I strive to grow wider, constantly embracing curiosity, always learning.
My goal is to inspire and motivate.
What I do anyone can do.
What I do I teach. What I teach I love. What I love I share.
When i stepped into my first fiddle lesson with Michael, i had no idea that I’d go home that night and be able to play a tune. He is patient, intentional, and thoughtful. His approach to teaching bowing is exactly the foundation needed to not only learn his curriculum, but also to pursue further self guided exploration. He is an excellent fiddle teacher, and I’d recommend him to anyone!Shane
Michael’s classes and lessons have been life-changing for me. He introduced me to old-time fiddling and broke down the intricate rhythmic bowing patterns which are so essential to getting the correct sound. It provided me with the foundation I needed to be able to jam. He makes it very easy to learn!Julie
Michael provides a warm, safe, non-threatening environment and his flexibility allows me to drive my own learning direction and pace. If you’re on the fence about learning the fiddle, Michael is the guy to help you do it . Take the leap. You’ll love it!Meg
310 Dillingham Road,
Barnardsville, NC 28709
michael.ismerio (at) gmail.com
Upcoming Shoe Making Classes
Dec. 11th -14th, 2018
Internal Stitchdown Shoe Class
Savannah Techincal College
January 6 – 12th, 2019
Scandinavian Turn Shoe Making Class
John C. Campbell Folk School
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