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Music Lessons > Music Workshops updated April 21, 2014

Recreational Taiko Class with Mark H Rooney -- Sundays, April 27 - June 15

Intermediate Bodhran Group Classes with Scott Morrison -- Saturdays, April 26 - May 17

Steel Drum Workshop with the PanTones -- Sunday April 27

FULL Playing (Well) with Others with Mark Sylvester -- Thursdays, May 8 - June 5

Beatles Chord Solos for Ukulele with Stuart Fuchs -- Saturday May 10

Ukulele Summer Jams with Maureen Andary -- Saturday June 7

Harp Workshop with Lily Neill -- Saturday June 14

Mandolin Magic with Orrin Star -- Saturday June 21

Bluegrass Rhythm Guitar with Orrin Star -- Saturday June 28

Old Time Banjo Festival with Richie Stearns, Rosie Newton, Rick Good & Cathy Fink -- Sunday July 13

Takoma Groove Camp: The Summer Musical Experience for Teens -- starting July 7

Ongoing Group Classes



Recreational Taiko Class with Mark H Rooney
WHEN: Sundays, April 27 / May 4, 11, 18, 25 / June 1, 8, 15 -- 5:00-7:00 pm
WHERE: Dance Exchange -- 7117 Maple Ave Takoma Park, MD
FEE: $220 for 8-week session or $35 drop-in rate

Prerequisite: Introductory Taiko Workshop (see below) or previous Taiko experience.

Ever wonder what it's like to play a drum with your whole body? Learn the powerful and dynamic art of Japanese drumming with Mark H Rooney. Taiko is a dynamic art form based on traditional Japanese drumming practiced all over the world. This workshop is designed to introduce the basics of taiko technique, practice of kumidaiko (ensemble drumming), awareness of ki (energy), use of koe (voice), history and philosophy -- all while having a good time! No experience necessary, but come ready for a workout!

Space is limited! Contact HMT to register at workshops@hmtrad.com or 301-270-9090. Or 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.

More info on our workshop registration and cancellation policies

MARK H ROONEY has been studying, performing & teaching Taiko in the Eastern US, Japan and Europe for the last 15 years. Questions? Contact Mark at markh@markhrooney.com or visit markhrooney.com.


Intermediate Bodhran Group Classes with Scott Morrison
WHEN: Saturdays, April 26, May 3 & May 17 -- 2:00-4:00 pm
WHERE: HMT's lessons studio
FEE: $140 for 3-part series, or $50/session drop-in rate

Continuation of Scott's introductory bodhran class. Some previous bodhran experience required.

Space is limited! Contact HMT to register at workshops@hmtrad.com or 301-270-9090. Or 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.

More info on our workshop registration and cancellation policies

In addition to regular workshops at HMT, SCOTT MORRISON has taught at Appalachian Bluegrass in Catonsville, the Gaelic College in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, and at various Celtic festivals in MD, VA and PA. Scott holds a B.S. in Music from Frostburg State University, with a double concentration in K-12 Music Education and Percussion Performance. He has been running his own music school, "Rimshots" (based in Elkridge, MD) for nearly 15 years. In addition to performing locally with world beat band Big Blow and the Bushwackers, and his own Scottish/Irish trad ensemble Dileab Phriseil, Scott is also an accomplished Gaelic speaker.


Steel Drum Workshop with the PanTones
WHEN: Sunday April 27 -- 2:00-4:00 pm
WHERE: Electric Maid: 268 Carroll St. NW, Washington DC (across from Takoma Metro)
FEE: $35

Have you always wanted to learn how to play steel drums? Here's your chance! The PanTones (the Cultural Academy For Excellence's adult steel band, based in Mt. Rainier, MD) will be leading a beginning steel drum workshop under the direction of Adam Grisé. Instruments will be provided. Participants will learn about the different types of instruments in a steel band, some of the historical & cultural background from Trinidad & Tobago, and get to try some rudimentary techniques and tunes. Open to ages 16 and up; no prior musical experience is required. CAFE offers ongoing adult classes in Mt. Rainier, MD, as well as the opportunity to join the PanTones band. More info at http://cafeyouth.org

Space is limited! Contact HMT to register at workshops@hmtrad.com or 301-270-9090. Or 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.

More info on our workshop registration and cancellation policies


Beatles Chord Solos for Ukulele with Stuart Fuchs
WHEN: Saturday May 10 -- 12:00 noon - 2:00 pm
WHERE: Seeker's Church: 276 Carroll St. NW Washington DC (across from Takoma Metro)
FEE: $50, or $40 if you register by April 30

Why is it that the music of the Beatles works so well on the Ukulele? Is it that John Lennon played one? Perhaps its because George Harrison often kept his car's trunk full of Ukes so he'd be prepared for a spontaneous Uke jam with friends! Whatever the reason, it's clear that the music of the "fab four" fit so very well onto the fab four strings!

In this workshop, Stuart "Stukulele" Fuchs will share his own easy arrangements of Beatles songs set to CHORD MELODY style. The beauty of Stuart's arrangements are that they can be played by Ukulele beginners, and at the same time offer challenges for intermediate as well as advanced Ukulele players. Participants in this workshop will join together in a Ukulele orchestra of classic Beatles tunes. Played individually, these solos are always a hit at open mics & jam sessions! Songs will include selections from the LPs Rubber Soul, With the Beatles and more.

Stuart's workshops always have a good dose of joy, humor and deep musical instruction from a very experienced and open-hearted teacher.
stufuchs.com

Space is limited! Contact HMT to register at workshops@hmtrad.com or 301-270-9090. Or 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.

More info on our workshop registration and cancellation policies


Playing (Well) with Others with Mark Sylvester
WHEN: Thursdays, May 8, 15, & 29 and June 5 -- 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
WHERE: HMT's lessons studio
FEE: $100 for all four sessions
$30/session drop-in

This class is full and will not be taking any more students.

This 4-week class is intended for beginning and intermediate guitarists, banjo pickers, mandoliners, ukesters, bassists, and players of just about any instrument who want to get their feet wet playing with other people. We will start with a few folk songs in the keys of C and G, and then we will branch out to other music based on the interests of those enrolled in the class.

ABOUT MARK SYLVESTER Drawing on his broad performance and compositional background in folk, jazz, classical, rock, soul, blues and musical theater, Mark offers his students a wide musical perspective while tailoring lessons to match student interests. He works with students on music of their choosing to improve technique, develop an understanding of music theory, and express their own musical ideas through improvisation and composition.

Mark maintains an active performance schedule as a soloist, an accompanist, and a member of several groups (for details visit www.marksylvester.net).


Ukulele Summer Jams with Maureen Andary
WHEN: Saturday June 7 -- 1:00-2:30 pm
WHERE: HMT's lessons studio
FEE: $20

Beach Boys, boardwalks, BBQ's & bikinis! Learn classic and contemporary summer jams. Enjoy them all summer long at your cookouts, the beach, camping trips, and on your front porch - this is the time to go out and about and share the ukulele joy! Maureen will be teaching this 90-minute class for beginners who know at least 4-5 chords.

Space is limited! Contact HMT to register at workshops@hmtrad.com or 301-270-9090. Or 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.

More info on our workshop registration and cancellation policies

MAUREEN ANDARY is a full-time guitar and ukulele teacher in Washington, DC. She teaches beginners how to be an active part of musical community, focusing on basic jamming skills, musical vocabulary, arrangement, musicality, and notation Maureen is also an accomplished performer and songwriter. She performs regularly in the DC area, touring regionally and internationally as one half of duo The Sweater Set. The Sweater Set was awarded the 2011 Washington Area Music Award for Best Contemporary Folk Duo and served as 2011 Artists in Residence at the Strathmore Center for the Performing Arts.


Harp Workshop with Lily Neill
WHEN: Saturday June 14 -- 1:00-4:00 pm
WHERE: Seeker's Church: 276 Carroll St. NW, Washington DC
(across from Takoma Metro station)
FEE: $50

Open to harpists of any style (folk and pedal harps welcome). Lily Neill's harp workshop will cover a variety of topics to improve players' dexterity, control and repertoire. The workshop will examine ways to develop individual style through arrangements, ornamentation and various means of musical "punctuation." We will work on improving finger independence, speed and control through a series of short exercises as well as delve into ways of improving players' performances and interpretations using a "toolbox" of techniques for both the right hand and left hand. We will also take a special look at the traditional music of Ireland and the Nordic countries, particularly Finland and Sweden. The workshops will be taught by ear although players can receive written music after the workshop if they wish. Players wishing to join this course should be confident with learning music by ear and should also feel free to record demonstrations in the workshop.

Space is limited! Contact HMT to register at workshops@hmtrad.com or 301-270-9090. Or 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.

More info on our workshop registration and cancellation policies

LILY NEILL has performed all around the world, enthralling audiences with her original compositions and the Irish jigs and reels, Finnish tangos and Lithuanian dances that she has collected on her travels. She began her career as a child and in her teens performed for the likes of US President Bill Clinton and alongside Irish super-group, The Chieftains. Lily holds a 1st Class Honours degree in Irish Music and Dance from the Irish World Academy at the University of Limerick, Ireland, and a Master of Music degree from the prestigious Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, Finland. Upon the release of her first CD, "Without Words," Irish Music Magazine enthusiastically crowned Lily part of the "New Harp Revolution" and she is living up to that, bringing the harp's multi-faceted personality to audiences with her dynamic kaleidoscope of music.
www.lilyneill.com


Mandolin Magic with Orrin Star
WHEN: Saturday June 21 -- 12:00 noon - 2:15 pm
WHERE: HMT's lessons studio
FEE: $50

Mandolin Magic: Adding Rhythm to Your Leads
One key aspect of making music on the mandolin is learning how to inject rhythm moves into your lead playing. Using Shady Grove as our vehicle this workshop will introduce you to the vocabulary of subtle strums and extra notes that really glue a solo together.

  • Limited to 10 participants each
  • Written hand-outs
  • Non-video recording devices welcome
  • For all levels (except actual beginners)

Space is limited! Contact HMT to register at workshops@hmtrad.com or 301-270-9090. Or 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.

More info on our workshop registration and cancellation policies

ORRIN STAR is an award-winning guitar & mandolin player who is also recognized as a top instructor. The 1976 National Flatpicking Champion, he is the author of Hot Licks for Blue-grass Guitar and a columnist for Flatpicking Guitar magazine.
orrinstar.com


Bluegrass Rhythm Guitar with Orrin Star
WHEN: Saturday June 28 -- 12:00 noon - 2:15 pm
WHERE: HMT's lessons studio
FEE: $50

Bluegrass guitarists have developed some of the most potent and interesting rhythm moves ever heard—but they are seldom taught in an organized way. This workshop takes a hands-on, detailed and entertaining look at them. Learn the cool bass runs and strums and how to apply them. If you strum folk, bluegrass or old-time music on an acoustic guitar then this workshop is for you.

  • Limited to 10 participants each
  • Written hand-outs
  • Non-video recording devices welcome
  • For all levels (except actual beginners)

ORRIN STAR is an award-winning guitar & mandolin player who is also recognized as a top instructor. The 1976 National Flatpicking Champion, he is the author of Hot Licks for Blue-grass Guitar and a columnist for Flatpicking Guitar magazine.
orrinstar.com


Old Time Banjo Festival Workshops
with Richie Stearns, Rosie Newton, Rick Good & Cathy Fink
WHEN: Sunday July 13 -- 12:00 noon - 4:15 pm
WHERE: HMT's lessons studio and Electric Maid, 268 Carroll St. NW, Washington DC
(participants will be notified which workshop is happening in which location; will be determined by attendance numbers. Locations are about a 6-minute walk apart.)
FEE: $40 per workshop

Join us for workshops as part of the annual Mike Seeger Commemorative Old Time Banjo Festival! Concert at The Birchmere July 12, which will also include performances by Tony Trischka, Marcy Marxer and More. Info and tickets on the festival website.

Clawhammer Banjo the Way I Do It with Richie Stearns -- 12:00-2:00 pm
Richie will teach a couple of tunes he wrote and some cool & different ways to play around with clawhammer. We'll have fun and try to stretch some boundaries! For intermediate & advanced players.

Old Time Fiddle with Rosie Newton -- 12:00-2:00 pm
Come learn old tunes and basic bowing patterns of Appalachian fiddle music. We will also discuss ways to back up songs, and explore the potential of the banjo-fiddle duo.

Old Time Fingerpicking with Rick Good -- 2:15-4:15 pm
Intro to pre-Scruggs three-finger and two-finger picking styles, thumb lead and finger lead. All levels of players are welcome.

Tune Up Your Technique with Cathy Fink -- 2:15-4:15 pm
Right & left hand drills to make your playing clean, precise and in time. More tricks of the trade. All levels of players are welcome.

Space is limited! Contact HMT to register at workshops@hmtrad.com or 301-270-9090. Or 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.

More info on our workshop registration and cancellation policies

More info on the Old Time Banjo Festival on Facebook.
Ongoing Group Classes

HMT hosts multi-session group classes on a regular basis with several local instructors. The best way to stay informed on the schedule of these classes is to join our e-mail list -- we will send out an announcement as soon as we schedule something. If you "Like" us on Facebook (houseofmusicaltraditions) you'll also get first notice. Costs and days/times listed below are based on past classes; these details are subject to change.

Mark H Rooney -- Taiko drumming classes (about Mark)
Offered for beginning, intermediate and advanced students. Single day workshops as well as multi-week group classes are offered. Classes are held at the Dance Exchange, 7117 Maple Ave, Takoma Park MD.

Marcy Marxer -- Ukulele & Guitar Classes (about Marcy)
For intermediate & advanced players. Ukulele classes have focused on topics like Tin Pan Alley and Jazz tunes. Guitar classes have focused on Swing, Django-style, Bluegrass, Early Country and more. 6 weekly 1-hour sessions for $180.00; generally held on Thursday evenings.

Maureen Andary -- Ukulele Classes
Offered for complete beginners and advanced beginners. Maureen makes learning ukulele fun, using country classics, simple pop tunes and Beatles songs. You can even learn to improvise! Classes are usually offered as 4, 5, or 6-week sessions. Generally held on Saturday afternoons and/or Thursday evenings.

Watch a video clip of one of Maureen's student recitals!

Scott Morrison -- Bodhran, Tinwhistle, Bones & Spoons Classes (about Scott)
Scott teaches several Celtic instruments, including bodhran (Irish drum), tinwhistle and bones/spoons (Irish percussion). Beginning and intermediate levels are offered depending on demand.

Jaqui Macmillan -- Djembe Classes (about Jaqui)
Jaqui offers regular group classes on djembe drumming, in addition to private lessons. 6 weekly 1-hour sessions are $120.00 and are currently held on Monday nights at the Electric Maid in Takoma DC. For the most current schedule and to register, contact Jaqui directly (jaqui@erols.com).

Brian Weber -- Djembe Building Workshops (about Brian)
The goal of this class is to broaden the student's knowledge and love of drumming by learning the history, technique and process of assembling a West African Djembe from the bare shell to a brand new, customized, hand-built drum. Each student will build, tighten, tune, play and learn to properly care for their own drum in a fun workshop setting. Price ranges according to materials provided; $75.00 for instruction only to $200.00 for instruction plus a complete set of supplies.


HMT Workshop Policies

Registration

    We encourage advance signups for our workshops for a few reasons:
  • In many cases, space is limited (our studio accommodates about 10 people comfortably; workshops we hold at other venues may have a larger capacity).
  • We like to let the instructor know how many people they can expect.
  • We can keep advance registrants posted on any changes (especially due to inclement weather or other emergencies) and can make sure you have all the correct information about location and other logistics.
  • Especially when workshops are held off-site and/or after store hours, we want to have payment and signups squared away in advance.
  • Some instructors (especially those coming from afar) require a minimum number of attendees in order to offer the workshop.

You may register in advance by calling us at 301-270-9090, or by downloading our workshop registration form. The completed form may be e-mailed, faxed or mailed back to HMT. We ask for a credit card number or a check as confirmation to hold your place. We do not process your payment until a few days before the workshop, and we destroy the credit card information after the workshop. Be assured that your card information is secure while at HMT.

Cancellation and Refunds

We understand that unforseen circumstances pop up for everybody, and sometimes you may not be able to attend a workshop or one or more sessions of a group class you have registered for. However, we ask you to understand that our workshop instructors are professional musicians and teachers who rely on this income to make their living. And especially in the case of multi-session group classes, we cannot tailor payment and scheduling to each person's individual needs. Some multi-session classes also have a per-session or "drop-in" rate specified. If you are not sure whether you'll be able to attend all the sessions, we encourage you to register at the per-session rate if that is offered.

If you cancel your registration 5 days or more before the workshop, you may do so without penalty. In most cases, we will not have processed your payment by then, but if we have, you will receive a full refund. Cancellations made 1-4 days in advance of the workshop will be refunded at a 50% rate. Day-of or later cancellations will not be refunded.

For multi-session classes, we do not offer proration if you have to miss one or more sessions (unless there is an option to register at a per-session rate, in which case you can pay "at the door" for each session).

If a workshop has to be canceled due to inclement weather, instructor emergency, insufficient registration or other situation that is out of our control, participants will get a full refund (or credit for a rescheduled workshop).

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