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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! Some of our teachers have returned on a weekly or biweekly basis, with more teachers planning to return to the studio over the summer and into the fall. 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
- 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 lessons@schoolofmusicaltraditions.com . You can also visit schoolofmusicaltraditions.com 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:

Introductory Taiko Workshops w/Mark H Rooney: 
Saturdays, June 19th and July 17th, 2021, 5-8pm at the Dance Exchange in Takoma Park. $50/session

Ever wonder what it’s like to play a drum with your whole body? Learn the powerful and dynamic art of Japanese drumming with Mark H Rooney. Taiko is a dynamic art form based on traditional Japanese drumming practiced all over the world. This workshop is designed to introduce the basics of taiko technique, practice of kumidaiko (ensemble drumming), awareness of ki (energy), use of koe (voice), history and philosophy — all while having a good time! No experience necessary, but come ready for a workout! Ages 17 and up. Register (and get more info on guidelines/precautions for these indoor workshops) for the June 19th session here, or the July 17th session here