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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Summer Billing In July and August we will be billing everyone monthly (including anyone who has elected for term billing) in order to accommodate summer scheduling. Please let us know if you have any questions! Fall Term will start after Labor Day: September 7 – December 19.   Discounted band and orchestra rentals: Click HERE to rent a band or orchestra instrument from the House of Musical Traditions now and get two months for the price of one! We have an amazing woodwind instructor (flute, clarinet, saxophone) who has some openings if you or your child want to get into band instruments.
  • July 7, 2021
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With all the Taiko classes we’ve been offering lately, you might be wondering “what the heck is taiko, anyway?” Here is an explanation by Mark Rooney, who teaches all of our taiko workshops! WHAT IS TAIKO? This may seem like a pretty straightforward question at first glance, but I have learned over the past 20 years that there are as many different answers to this question as there are people you might ask. TAIKO = DRUM Firstly, “taiko” is a word used to refer to any drum in Japan. A snare drum is a “taiko,” a djembe is a “taiko”. But to the English-speaking world, “taiko” is a term that has come to mean “a traditional style of Japanese drumming”...
  • June 4, 2021
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