Rhodyjane earned a Master's Degree in Appalachian Studies from Appalachian State University in Boone, NC, where she formerly served as an adjunct instructor and a featured presenter at the Appalachian Cultural Museum. She has an extensive background in public education, having taught pre-school through college and everything in-between. She originated the Mountain Music program at the Avery Campus of Mayland Community College in Newland, NC, and teaches "Arts and Life" classes to Nursing and Criminal Justice students through Lees-McRae College. Rhodyjane provides Artist-in-Residence programs in mountain music and storytelling for public and private schools, and is honored to be sponsored by the Greater Banner Elk Heritage Foundation. She continues her own education daily, learning important things about living life fully from the children of all ages whom she is privileged to meet and serve.
A certified Tennessee Activities Director and former employee of an assisted living facility, Rhodyjane frequently presents programs and workshops to adult long-term care facilities, senior centers, civic and church groups. She offers therapeutic harp and lap dulcimer music at the bedsides of those in various stages of transition while completing her internship to become an Advanced Certified Clinical Musician.
Being somewhat kin to Mother Maybelle Carter (it's a long story), Rhodyjane plays and teaches most-anything-with-strings: Appalachian autoharp and lap dulcimer, Celtic harp, Carter-style guitar, clawhammer banjer, doghouse bass and piano ("by ear"),as well as Christian Harmony shape-note singing.Everything she knows about music (and, indeed, about life) she has learned by sitting at the feet of those older and much wiser than she. Rumors that Rhodyjane was raised by wolves are greatly exaggerated.
It was actually possums.
Inspired by her surroundings and encouraged by a supportive community, Rhodyjane primarily performs with the Celtalachian vocal trio "Thistle Dew," but also grooves along
with the Hippy-Billy band "Big Daddie Banjer and the Hurdy Gurdy Girls", and often fills-in
with the Oldtime band "T.V. Barnett and his Roan Mountain Moonshiners".
Additionally, Rhodyjane teaches individuals and groups how to play a wide variety of stringed instruments, creates community enrichment programs, writes songs and the (work-in-process) Mountain Mommer Murder Mystery series, and mostly just Enjoys Life!
Rhodyjane Meadows is a native of the coalfields of southwest Virginia and feels greatly blessed
to have finally come home to the Roan in the hills of east Tennessee. She lives in a cottage-studio
on Croonin' Creek in the Upper Burbank community of Roan Mountain, Tennessee, and serves as
Community Outreach Coordinator for the "Cloudland Community" which encompasses the Carter
County section of east Tennessee and the Mayland (Mitchell-Avery-Yancey) Counties section of
western North Carolina.