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!

News & Blog Posts

We are delighted to announce a new musical opportunity at our Rockville studio!  Beginning on Thursday, October 14, Justin Heath, Mari Carlson, and Nick Cameron will lead a bi-weekly bluegrass jam from 7:00 – 9:00 PM. This jam is FREE to both students and community members, and intended for high school and adult students who know at least the basics of their instrument.  While it is not a class per se, Mari, Justin, and Nick are ready to support you with questions you might have about chord progressions, playing with others, and general jam etiquette. This is a great opportunity for those of you who are ready to expand beyond your living room but still feel a bit hesitant to...
  • October 5, 2021
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Welcome back SMT students and parents! We are delighted you’re continuing to learn with us. Here are some details to know for Fall 2021. Fall Term Dates: September 7 – December 19 Closed Studio Dates:  September 4 – 6 for Labor Day November 23 – 28 for Thanksgiving December 20 – January 2 for Winter Holidays Fall Workshops: Adult Recreational Taiko: Fall Class Series – September 19, 26, October 10, 17, 24, November 7, 14, 21, 5:00 – 7:00 PM Intermediate Bodhrán Class with Scott Morrison – Saturdays, September 18 – October 9, 11:00 – 12:00 PM Youth Jam with Justin Heath – Saturdays, September 25 – October 16, 12:30 – 1:30 PM Intro to Melodic-Style Banjo with Ira Gitlin...
  • August 10, 2021
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