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

This is the big news we have been excited to share! SMT will be opening the our doors at Takoma SPARK on November 1, and that will be our new home base. All private lessons, group classes & workshops, and jams will occur at SPARK. And we are already cooking up some new events to host in our large event space, including open mics and a performance series! We’re thrilled about a few key features of SPARK: More lesson rooms for individual and duo lessons A large event space A waiting and reception area Free parking immediately adjacent to the building Handicap-accessible entrance to a single-story building The new address is 7112 Willow Ave, Takoma Park, MD. It’s just a...
  • October 18, 2022
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We are excited to welcome two of the region’s finest bluegrass performers to the School of Musical Traditions! Bluegrass Day is on November 19, featuring: Finding Melodies On Your Instrument with Ira Gitlin The Bluegrass Voice – How to Develop the Bluegrass “Sound” in Your Singing with Dede Wyland Individual classes are $55, or $100 if you purchase both (add both classes to your cart, then enter code BUNDLE10 at checkout)   Join Ira Gitlin to learn how to take that melody you hear in your head and play it on your instrument. This is a fantastic opportunity to build improvisation foundations. All string instruments welcome: fiddle, banjo, mandolin, guitar, dobro, ukulele – bring ’em all! Students high school and...
  • October 11, 2022
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