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Amanda Thorstad

SMT is closed for winter break from Dec 19 – Jan 2. Lessons are cancelled, unless you have made plans to meet with your teacher. Our admin team is available as usual. Contact us to: Sign up for lessons Ask questions about billing & scheduling Learn or clarify anything else We will see you again for lessons on January 3!
  • December 20, 2022
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Come celebrate SMT’s relocation to our new studio in Takoma Park! 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 block away from our parter store, House of Musical Traditions. We will be sharing SPARK with two partners: a luthier associated...
  • December 16, 2022
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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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We can’t wait to spill the beans!!! We have been working on some big changes behind the scenes and we are *almost ready* to share some exciting news far and wide. Stay tuned for the reveal! We’ll be sharing details here, in our newsletter, and all over social media next week.
  • October 7, 2022
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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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