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Services : Lessons & Workshops

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

School of Musical Traditions w locations in Takoma Park & Rockville, MD
We have a staff of expert teachers offering one to one lessons on the following instruments:

- guitar (acoustic and electric)
- voice
- piano

- violin/fiddle

- viola 
- bass 
- 5-string banjo
- mandolin
- ukulele
- cello
- flute

We teach all ages and all styles, from traditional folk and classical to today’s hits. Most of our students are interested in popular music, but we’re also available to go deep into jazz, blues, Irish, Appalachian, Cajun, country and bluegrass styles.
Lessons are $35 per half hour and are available 7 days a week. Studios are located at 1057 Rockville Pike (Rockville, MD) and 7008 Westmoreland Ave (Takoma Park, MD). 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 lessons@schoolofmusicaltraditions.com

To view our current workshop offerings, click here.

We also have a network of other local private teachers we can refer you to, for instruments not offered at SMT. See the list below and click on the direct email links to contact these teachers directly (most teachers also have their own website you can click on for more information about them). Scheduling and payment are handled directly between you and the teacher in these cases. If a teacher's location is listed as "HMT," that means they hold lessons in our teaching studios at 7008 Westmoreland Ave, Takoma Park MD (next door to our store and upstairs from Ace Hardware - visit this page for more information about this space). Free parking is available in the lot behind our store.


Please also visit our Workshops page for information on upcoming workshops and group classes. School of Musical Traditions also offers group classes & workshops from time to time; visit their website for information. 

List of other area teachers:

Accordion: Wendy Morrison | Email Wendy
All levels of piano accordion & beginning diatonic. Location: Silver Spring, MD. 

Banjo: Ira Gitlin | Email Ira 
Bluegrass, all levels. Location: Takoma Park, MD & Alexandria, VA

Baritone Horn: Brian Weber | Email Brian
Classical, jazz. Location: HMT. 

Bass Guitar: Brian Weber | Email Brian
All styles & levels. Location: HMT. 

Bodhran: Scott Morrison | Email Scott
All levels. Location: Elkridge, MD (also gives occasional group classes at HMT). 

Clarinet: Denis Malloy | Email Denis
Classical, jazz. Location: Takoma Park, MD & HMT. 

Concertina: Wendy Morrison | Email Wendy
Anglo & English, all levels. Location: Silver Spring, MD. 

Cornet: Brian Weber | Email Brian
Classical, jazz. Location: HMT. 

Didgeridoo: Chris Colvin | Email Chris
All levels. Location: College Park, MD & HMT. 

Drumming: Jaqui Macmillan | Email Jaqui
African hand drumming, individual & group classes. Location: Takoma Park, MD. 

Drumming: Stream Ohrstrom | Email Stream
Hand drumming of all kinds (African, Latin American, Middle Eastern). Regular group drum circles. Location: Silver Spring, MD. 

Drum Kit: Brian Weber | Email Brian
Beginning. Location: HMT. 

Drum Kit: Tosin | Email Tosin
All levels & styles. Location: Hyattsville, MD. 

Flute: Wendy Lanxner | Email Wendy
Classical. Location: Silver Spring, MD

Flute: Elise Kress | Email Elise
Classical & Irish Traditional. Location: Arlington, VA. 

Flute: Stream Ohrstrom | Email Stream
Folk flutes of all kinds (Native American, shakuhachi, Middle Eastern). Location: Silver Spring, MD.   

Guitar: Brian Weber | Email Brian
Acoustic & electric; most styles & levels. Location: HMT. 

Guitar: Tom Espinola  Email Tom
Most acoustic styles; bluegrass, classical, jazz. Location: HMT & Chevy Chase, MD.

Hammered Dulcimer: Karen Ashbrook | Email Karen
All levels & styles. Location: Silver Spring, MD. 

Hammered Dulcimer: Jody Marshall | Email Jody
All levels & styles. Location: Mclean, VA. 

Harmonica: Chris Colvin | Email Chris
Most styles. Location: College Park, MD & HMT. 

Harp: Abigail Selby | Email Abigail
Celtic, folk, classical. Location: Germantown, MD. 

Mandolin: Tom Espinola  Email Tom
Most styles. Location: HMT & Chevy Chase, MD.

Pennywhistle: Wendy Morrison | Email Wendy
All levels. Location: Silver Spring, MD. 

Piano: Brian Weber | Email Brian
Beginning technique for classical, jazz & pop styles (taught on electronic keyboard). Location: HMT. 

Recorder: Marcia Diehl | Email Marcia
All levels.

Saxophone: Denis Malloy | Email Denis
Classical, jazz. Location: Takoma Park, MD & HMT. 

Trumpet: Brian Weber | Email Brian
Classical, jazz. Location: HMT. 

Ukulele: Brian Weber | Email Brian
Beginning technique. Location: HMT. 

Voice: Esther Haynes  Email Esther
Vocal technique, most styles including jazz. Location: HMT