Welcome to the School of Musical Traditions

The School of Musical Traditions is a private music lesson studio dedicated to the instruction of the world’s many musical styles and traditions. We are well-versed in the art of teaching music and take great delight in getting to know each of our students and their individual learning goals and styles.

We are delighted to make your acquaintance!

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In addition to teaching a wide array of instruments, our teachers specialize in folk traditions from the US and around the world, jazz, blues, rock, pop, and classical music.

For students who are ready to create and share their own material with the world, we offer instruction in songwriting and recording & production.

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Many of our students work one-on-one with a teacher whose expertise matches their learning goals. With lessons available online every day of the week, we will match you with a teacher who fits both your style and schedule.

Our workshops and classes allow students to learn from the finest musicians in the region.

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We are always accepting new students! Email, call, or fill out our lesson request form and our admin team will assist you.

All instruction is online at this time. We look forward to re-opening our studios in Takoma Park and Rockville, MD as soon as it is safe to do so!

Highly recommend School of Musical Traditions. Our son has been taking guitar lessons for over 6 months now. Communication has been very good. Our son enjoys the lessons and his teacher is very knowledgeable. Staff are professional and courteous. Great place for lessons for people of all ages.

M. S. Powers

News & Blog Posts

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It doesn’t matter if you just started taking lessons or if you are a longtime instrumentalist—it can be difficult to sit down in front of your instrument for practice on a regular basis. Believe it or not, music teachers experience the same problem. That’s why we reached out to our SMT teachers and asked them to give us their top tips on how you can use your time efficiently, stay motivated, and get yourself to practice regularly. Let’s Start Small: Here Are Three Short and Simple Practice Tips From Carol Anne Bosco (cello and piano) When in doubt, sing it out. No matter what instrument you play, singing the rep helps your ability to listen and improve your sound. Better...
  • January 21, 2021
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Learning all the notes on the guitar fretboard is a daunting task; six strings against a fret-studded ebony fingerboard can seem like an abyss of chaos and mystery. Just kidding! It’s not actually as difficult as you might think—all you need is the CAGED system. The CAGED system refers to the geometric shapes that 5 basic chords/scales make (C, A, G, E, and D) and how they connect to the next shape up the neck. I was first introduced to the CAGED system through a series of YouTube videos—and once I got the hang of it, everything clicked into place. Here’s an example of the CAGED system in action: if you move from the C major chord in open position...
  • January 20, 2021
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