Spring is just around the corner! So here are some important updates on our school closures and term invoicing… Closed for Easter We are closed April 3rd and 4th. Students will not be billed for those dates, but if you and your teacher would like to meet for a lesson that weekend, simply let us know so we can add that lesson charge to your monthly invoice! Spring Term starts April 5! Dates: April 5th – July 2nd Memorial Day Closure: May 29th – 31st Why sign up for the term? The term cost includes one free week, to be used at any time during that term. This allows you to miss one lesson or receive an extra lesson at...
  • March 4, 2021
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Hello musical friends and neighbors! I’m Jonathan Vocke—banjo, ukulele, guitar, mandolin, and violin teacher for the School of Musical Traditions. We are very excited to announce that we will be offering—for the first time EVER—an in-person/virtual hybrid youth string band class! Before we go any further, let us assure you that we are taking COVID-19 very seriously here at the school and we will be implementing a number of safety precautions for the in-person workshop meetings. So what is a youth string band? For starters, string band—also known as “oldtime music”—is a popular form of folk music that most commonly accompanies square dances and that sort of thing. In the youth workshop, we will be learning a set of 3...
  • February 25, 2021
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It doesn’t matter how old you are or how long you have been playing music—it can always be a challenge to sit down and practice your instrument on a regular basis. But have no fear… our SMT teachers are here! As a means of helping our beloved music students stay motivated, we asked our teachers to share their top tips for how to practice on a regular basis and make the most of your music time. Over the course of the last month, we have published two collections of practice tips (here are the links to our first and second collection)—so now without any further ado, here is our third and final anthology of teacher tips! To Start Us Off,...
  • February 17, 2021
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It doesn’t matter if you just started taking lessons or if you’re 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 for their top tips on how you can use your time efficiently, how to stay motivated, and how to get yourself to practice regularly. We published the first collection of teacher practice tips last month—so now, get ready for part two! Short and Simple: Here are 3 Basic Practice Tips From Marta Samuel (violin/fiddle, viola, piano) 1. Practice consistently and focus on the basics. 2. Do a...
  • February 11, 2021
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With so many hundreds of guitar method books being pushed on the beginning musician, it can be difficult to figure out which ones to use. Over the years, I myself have worked through a number of different theory books with my students—and I have found that they are not all created equally. Most method books are pretty good in terms of content, but even though they may contain a lot of the same information, they all offer something different. While it is important to consider a student’s individual goals, age, and experience when selecting a book, I have found that these are some of my all-time favorite method books for guitar: 1) The Hal Leonard Guitar Method is a classic...
  • February 2, 2021
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