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7010 Westmoreland Ave.
Takoma Park, MD 20912
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Music Lessons and Workshops updated August 16, 2014

We take great care in the selection of our music teachers. Every regular HMT teacher must pass an audition and undergo a Maryland State background check. Many of our teachers have advanced music degrees and performing and recording credits as well as years of teaching experience.

Some instructors teach from their homes in the Washington, D.C. metro area. If a teacher's location is listed as "HMT," that means they hold lessons in our teaching studios at 7008 Westmoreland Ave. (next door to our store and upstairs from Ace Hardware) Free parking is available in the lot behind our store.

If you have any questions about our lessons program, or would like to sign up for private lessons, please email the Lessons Coordinator at lessons@hmtrad.com or call 301-270-9090.

See our list of teachers


Music Workshops

We also offer music workshops throughout the year, run by our own teachers or visiting guest teachers. If you are interested in conducting a workshop, please email our Workshop Coordinator at workshops@hmtrad.com. To get notice about upcoming workshops and group classes, subscribe to our mailing list!

To sign up for any of the workshops listed below, you can download our registration form and either email, fax or mail back to us (contact info is on the form). If it is less than 3 days before the workshop, we recommend you call us at 301-270-9090 to register. (Register early -- workshops can often fill up!) We ask for payment information with your registration -- either a credit card number or check -- which is processed shortly before the workshop. This holds your space and helps us guarantee attendance to the instructor.

If you have questions or would like more information on any workshops, email workshops@hmtrad.com or call 301-270-9090.

MUSIC WORKSHOPS PAGE

"First Lessons," a FREE monthly in-store series -- Saturdays

Playing (Well) with Others with Mark Sylvester -- Thursdays, October 2 - 23

Introductory Taiko Workshop with Mark H Rooney -- Sunday October 5

Beginning Bones Workshop with Rick Fogel -- Wednesday October 15

Ukulele & Tenor Guitar Classes with Marcy Marxer -- Mondays, October 13 - December 8

Group Ukulele Classes with Maureen Andary -- Saturdays, October 18 - November 15

Ukulele Workshop with Lil Rev -- Monday October 27

DADGAD Chordal Accompaniment Guitar Workshop with Mark Sylvester -- Thurs. Nov. 6

Ongoing Group Classes


Music Teachers
Listed alphabetically by instrument: A B C D F G H L M O P R S T U V

Teachers' recommendations for instruments and study materials

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Instrument Style Teacher Price Location
Accordion piano accordion, beginning diatonic Wendy Morrison $50 - 1 hour Silver Spring
Accordion Chromatic B system Paul Oorts $50 - 50 min. Silver Spring
Accordion diatonic button, Irish, B/C system, beginner Philippe Varlet $60 - 1 hour Silver Spring
Banjo Irish tenor, beginner & intermediate Keith Carr $65 - 1 hour Falls Church
HMT
Banjo bluegrass Ira Gitlin $55 - 1 hour Takoma Park
Alexandria
Banjo clawhammer/old time Wendy Morrison $50 - 1 hour Silver Spring
Banjo most styles Mark Sylvester $30 - 1/2 hour Silver Spring
Banjo Irish tenor, all levels Philippe Varlet $60 - 1 hour Silver Spring
Baritone Horn classical, jazz Brian Weber $30 - 1/2 hour
$60 - 1 hour
HMT
Bass most styles Mark Sylvester $30 - 1/2 hour Silver Spring
Bass electric Brian Weber $30 - 1/2 hour
$60 - 1 hour
HMT
Bodhran Irish frame drum Matthew Bell $60 - 1 hour
$50 - Skype
Alexandria, VA
Bodhran Irish frame drum Scott Morrison $75 - 3 group lessons  
Bones/spoons Irish frame drum Scott Morrison $75 - 3 group lessons  
Bouzouki Irish, beginner to advanced Keith Carr $65 - 1 hour Falls Church
HMT
Bouzouki folk styles, also Cittern Paul Oorts $50 - 50 min. Silver Spring
Bouzouki Irish, all levels Philippe Varlet $60 - 1 hour Silver Spring
Cello classical, folk, rock, improvisation, looping Wytold Lebing $30 - 1/2 hour
$50 - 1 hour
Takoma Park
Clarinet classical, jazz Denis Malloy $30 - 1/2 hour Takoma Park
Concertina English, Anglo Wendy Morrison $50 - 1 hour Silver Spring
Cornet classical, jazz Brian Weber $30 - 1/2 hour
$60 - 1 hour
HMT
Didgeridoo most styles Chris Colvin $25 - 1/2 hour
$50 - 1 hour
Takoma Park
Dobro/Lap Steel guitar Bluegrass, Country, Blues, Swing, Folk Jeff Harding $25 - 25 min.
$50 - 50 min.
Washington, DC
Drum African hand drums, djembe, ashiko Jaqui MacMillan $65 - 45 min.
$120 - 6 group lessons
HMT
Drum bodhran, Irish frame drum Matthew Bell $60 - 1 hour
$50 - Skype
Alexandria, VA
Drum bodhran, Irish frame drum Scott Morrison $75 - 3 group lessons  
Drum hand drums, frame drums, dumbek, djembe Stream Ohrstrom $25 - 1/2 hour
$50 - 1 hour
Silver Spring
Drum: Drumset rudiments, rock, reggae, jazz, Afrobeat Tosin $30 - 1/2 hour
$55 - 1 hour
Hyattsville
Dulcimer, Hammered all levels, all styles Karen Ashbrook $60 - 50 min. Silver Spring
Dulcimer, Hammered all levels, all styles Jody Marshall $60 - 1 hour McLean VA
Fiddle, violin Classical, Folk/Traditional, all levels Julia Borland-Ferneborg $60 - 1 hour
$30 - 1/2 hour
Takoma Park
Olney
Fiddle, violin all styles, all levels Ken Giles $50 - 1 hour
$30 - 1/2 hr.
HMT
Fiddle, violin all styles, all levels Andrea Hoag $70-75 1 hour
$35-40 1/2 hr.
(sliding scale)
Silver Spring
Fiddle, violin beginner - advanced, improvisation Bruce Lebovitz $30 - 1/2 hour
$55 - 1 hour
Takoma Park (will also travel)
Fiddle, violin beginning Pauline Lerner $30 - 45 min. Rockville
Fiddle, violin Irish, all levels Philippe Varlet $60 - 1 hour Silver Spring
Flute classical & Irish Elise Kress $55 - 1 hour Arlington
Flute classical Wendy Lanxner $30 - 1/2 hour
$55 - 1 hour
Silver Spring
Flute folk, Native American Stream Ohrstrom $25 - 1/2 hour
$50 - 1 hour
Silver Spring
Guitar traditional bluegrass, blues, classical
beginning to advanced
Tom Espinola $30 - 1/2 hour
$60 - 1 hour
HMT
Chevy Chase
Guitar, Dobro/Lap Steel Bluegrass, Country, Blues, Swing, Folk Jeff Harding $25 - 25 min.
$50 - 50 min.
Washington, DC
Guitar most styles Esther Haynes $60 - 1 hour HMT
Takoma Park
Guitar beginning to intermediate acoustic Wendy Lanxner $30 - 1/2 hour
$55 - 1 hour
Silver Spring
Guitar standard tuning, Harp Guitar, DADGAD Paul Oorts $50 - 50 min. Silver Spring
Guitar classical, acoustic, electric Erik Sharar $35 - 1/2 hour
$70 - 1 hour
Takoma Park
Guitar most styles Mark Sylvester $30 - 1/2 hour Silver Spring
Guitar Irish accompaniment, all levels Philippe Varlet $60 - 1 hour Silver Spring
Guitar blues, rock, folk, fingerstyle Brian Weber $30 - 1/2 hour
$60 - 1 hour
HMT
Hammered Dulcimer all levels, all styles Karen Ashbrook $60 - 50 min. Silver Spring
Hammered Dulcimer all levels, all styles Jody Marshall $60 - 1 hour McLean VA
Harmonica most styles Chris Colvin $25 - 1/2 hour
$50 - 1 hour
Takoma Park
Harp traditional Irish Alex Boatright $45 - 1 hour College Park
Lap Dulcimer beginning Chris Colvin $25 - 1/2 hour
$50 - 1 hour
Takoma Park
Mandolin traditional bluegrass, blues, classical
beginning to advanced
Tom Espinola $30 - 1/2 hour
$60 - 1 hour
HMT
Chevy Chase
Mandolin most styles, Italian-American Paul Oorts $50 - 50 min. Silver Spring
Mandolin most styles Mark Sylvester $30 - 1/2 hour Silver Spring
Mandolin Irish, all levels Philippe Varlet $60 - 1 hour Silver Spring
Oud 5-course; Arabic, Sephardic, African Michelle Webb $30 - 1/2 hour
$60 - 1 hour
Takoma Park
Pennywhistle Irish Elise Kress $55 - 1 hour Arlington
Pennywhistle Irish Scott Morrison $75 - 3 group lessons  
Pennywhistle Irish Wendy Morrison $50 - 1 hour Silver Spring
Piano classical, Suzuki method Gina Denny $30 - 1/2 hour
$60 - 1 hour
Takoma Park
Piano all levels, classical Susan Levi $30 - 1/2 hour
$60 - 1 hour
Takoma Park
Piano classical, blues, jazz, pop/rock (all levels) Brian Weber $30 - 1/2 hour
$60 - 1 hour
HMT
Recorder early music, all levels Suzana Cooper $33 - 30 min.
$45 - 45 min.
Silver Spring
Saxophone classical, jazz Denis Malloy $30 - 1/2 hour Takoma Park
Trumpet classical, jazz Brian Weber $30 - 1/2 hour
$60 - 1 hour
HMT
Ukulele all styles, all levels Anders Fahey $30 - 1/2 hour
$50 - 1 hour
HMT, and will travel
Ukulele most styles Mark Sylvester $30 - 1/2 hour Silver Spring
Viola beginning to intermediate Julia Borland-Ferneborg $60 - 1 hour
$30 - 1/2 hour
Takoma Park
Olney
Violin, fiddle classical, folk/traditional, all levels Julia Borland-Ferneborg $60 - 1 hour
$30 - 1/2 hour
Takoma Park
Olney
Violin, fiddle all styles, all levels Ken Giles $50 - 1 hour
$30 - 1/2 hr.
HMT
Violin, fiddle all styles, all levels Andrea Hoag $70-75 1 hour
$35-40 1/2 hr.
(sliding scale)
Silver Spring
Violin, fiddle beginner - advanced, improvisation Bruce Lebovitz $30 - 1/2 hour
$55 - 1 hour
Takoma Park (will also travel)
Violin, fiddle beginning Pauline Lerner $30 - 45 min. Rockville
Violin, fiddle Irish, all levels Philippe Varlet $60 - 1 hour Silver Spring
Voice most styles Esther Haynes $60 - 1 hour HMT
Takoma Park
Voice blues, rock Janine Wilson $40 - 1 hour
$25-40 1/2 hour
Hyattsville
Voice most styles, including folk, country, bluegrass Dede Wyland $60 - 1 hour Takoma Park