Q: How many classes may I sign up for?

A: You choose one class per session. This will enable you to become familiar enough with a handicraft or new musical skills to work independently once you get home. Our instructors thrive on the ability of our students to keep their traditions alive. 

We occasionally offer a "sampler" session where students take multiple classes. This will be noted in the class and/or session description.)

Q: How do I register for a class?

A: You may register online on our website or call the register over the phone--205.387.1806 ext. 111. You will receive email confirmation of your registration and three weeks prior to the workshop, you will receive detailed information about your upcoming stay. 

Q: What is your payment and cancellation policy?

A: To reserve a spot in a class, registrants must pay tuition in full. Registrants may pay for lodging and meals at any point prior to the workshop. Any remaining balance is due upon arrival at the workshop. 

A cancellation fee of $100 will be charged on cancellations received more than 30 days prior to the start of the workshop. Cancellations received 30 days or less prior to the start of the workshop will receive no refund on tuition. No tuition, lodging, or meal refunds will be made after the start date of a workshop. Cancellation fees apply, regardless of the reason for cancelling. Registrations are non-transferable to another session or event. 

The Alabama Folk School at Camp McDowell is committed to supporting artists and musicians by offering them paid opportunities to share their craft with you. Our cancellation policy ensures that our instructors will be compensated for their time and talent. We understand the potential for unforeseen life circumstances, but our cancellation policy exists not to benefit the Alabama Folk School, but to ensure that our instructors will be able to afford their time with us.

Q: Do I bring my own sheets?

A: Although we are a camp, most students stay in our modern, hotel-style lodging. Bedding and linens are furnished for your use. We do ask you to remove your bedding before you leave. It helps our housekeeping staff prepare for the next group.  If you choose to stay in our dorm-style lodging, you will need to bring your own linens.

Q: What about air conditioning?

A: Each room has its own climate controls. Feel free to set it at a temperature comfortable for you. We do ask our participants to conserve energy whenever possible.

Q: Can I bring my own snacks and beverages?

A: Yes, we encourage everyone who comes to bring his or her own snacks and beverages. There is a full-size refrigerator in each lodge where you may keep any perishable items. There is also a stove, microwave and coffee maker. Regular and decaffeinated coffee are available for your use. Please wash your dishes when you're done. Many participants will bring adult beverages to enjoy in the evenings; they are not allowed in the studios.

Q: What type of food do you serve?

A: Our kitchen staff strives to make your dining experience a pleasure. Please notify staff of any dietary needs before your arrival. Menu examples include:


  • Biscuits, Scrambled Eggs, Bacon and Grits (OJ, coffee, tea, jelly, fruit bowl, cereal bar)
  • Pancakes, Sausage and Baked Apples (OJ, coffee, tea, fruit bowl, cereal bar)

Lunch: (green salad always available)

  • Bar-B-Que sandwiches, Cole Slaw, Baked Beans
  • Turkey Croissants, Fruit, Chips or Pasta Salad
  • Quiche, Fruit, Mixed Green Salad, Blueberry Muffin

Supper: (green salad always available)

  • Oven Fried Chicken, Mashed Potatoes, Green Beans, Rolls, Dessert
  • Pork Chops, Wild Rice and Steamed Broccoli, Rolls, Dessert
  • Spaghetti with Meat and Pepperoni Sauce or Vegetarian Sauce, Mixed Green Salad and Fresh-Baked Bread, Dessert

β€œThe old- time music camp and Adam, the instructor, were both top-notch. And also, the cost was affordable and that was a big draw for me.”
— David, Benton, TN