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Services : Lessons & Workshops

Our lessons program is the School of Musical Traditions, with locations in Rockville and Takoma Park, MD.

SMT is happy to announce that in-person lessons are available again in our Rockville and Takoma Park studios! All of our teachers will continue to offer virtual lessons. Contact SMT directly for more information about scheduling.

School of Musical Traditions w locations in Takoma Park & Rockville, MD

School of Musical Traditions has a staff of expert teachers offering one-to-one and duo lessons on the following instruments:

- guitar (acoustic and electric)
- voice 
- piano
- 5-string banjo
- mandolin
- ukulele

- violin/fiddle

- viola 
- cello

- bass (upright & bass guitar)
- flute
- clarinet
- saxophone
- accordion
- recorder / early music
- harp (lever & pedal)
- topics such as theory, songwriting, composition, recording & arranging

We teach all ages and a variety of styles, including folk, rock, blues, pop, jazz, and classical. Lessons are also available for composition, film scoring, music theory, jazz theory & improv, songwriting and recording.

If you don't see the instrument you want to study listed above, please contact SMT. We maintain a network of other area teachers and can provide referrals for instruments such as trumpet, dulcimer (hammered & lap), harp, harmonica, didgeridoo, drums/percussion and more.

Lessons start at $40 per half hour (45 and 60 minute lessons are also available). More information on fees and registration can be found on SMT's website. In-person lessons are held at our studios: 1057 Rockville Pike (Rockville, MD) and 7008 Westmoreland Ave (Takoma Park, MD - next door to House of Musical Traditions). We're convenient to Silver Spring and the greater DC area - and just a couple of blocks from the Takoma Park Red Line Metro stop!

To register for lessons and for more information, please call 240-690-1910 or email . You can also visit to fill out an inquiry form online.

SMT also offers group classes and workshops. Visit their website to view the current schedule & register online.

Upcoming SMT Group Classes/Workshops:

FREE Biweekly Old-Time Jam:
Held on alternate Thursdays at SMT's Rockville location. 7-8pm.
Free, but pre-registration is required as attendance is limited to 10 people. Mari Carlson and Justin Heath lead a bi-weekly old-time jam for high school students and adults looking to build their jamming chops. They will lead standard tunes from the old-time repertoire and help you out if you get lost in the chords. Jammers should know at least the basics of their instrument so they can play along with the group. Next jams May 19, June 2, 16 & 30.