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Music Lessons > Music Workshops updated April 22, 2015

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

CANCELLED "Playing [Well] With Others" with Mark Sylvester

Recreational Taiko Workshop with Mark H Rooney -- Sundays, April 26 - June 28

Fingerstyle Guitar Workshop with Mark Sylvester -- Sunday May 17

Ukulele Workshops with Maureen Andary -- Saturdays, June 6-27

Bluegrass Rhythm Guitar Workshop with Orrin Star -- Saturday June 6

Irish Mandolin Workshop with Orrin Star -- Sunday June 7

Beginning Tinwhistle Workshop with Scott Morrison -- Sunday June 14

Bodhran Group Classes with Scott Morrison -- Sundays, June 14-28

THIS SUMMER: Takoma Groove Camp

Ongoing Group Classes



"First Lessons" -- a FREE monthly in-store series
WHEN: Saturdays -- 2:00-3:00 pm

May 10 (Sunday) -- Lap Dulcimer
A limited number of loaner lap dulcimers will be available to pre-registrants
WHERE: HMT's lessons studio
FEE: FREE

Have a instrument lying around you've been meaning to learn how to play but are not sure if you want to commit to regular lessons? Want to brush up on basic techniques in a fun, no-pressure group setting? These classes are for you! Our staff multi-instrumentalist Justin Heath will be leading one class each month on a different instrument, introducing the most basic techniques. You must bring your own instrument (contact us for rental or sale options if you don't have one), but the classes are free. Ages 12+.

RSVP to workshops@hmtrad.com. RSVP is recommended, but not required.

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"Playing [Well] With Others" with Mark Sylvester

This class will be rescheduled -- contact us if you would like to be kept posted on the reschedule dates.

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Recreational Taiko Workshop with Mark H Rooney
WHEN: Sundays, April 26, May 10, 17, 24, June 7, 14, 21, 28 -- 5:00-7:00 pm
WHERE: Dance Exchange, 7117 Maple Ave, Takoma Park, MD
FEE: $220 for full 8-week series, or $35 drop-in rate per session
Sorry, no proration for missed classes.
More info on our workshop registration and cancellation policies

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! 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.

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Fingerstyle Guitar Workshop with Mark Sylvester
WHEN: Sunday May 17 -- 2:00-4:00 pm
WHERE: HMT's lessons studio
FEE: $40
Sorry, no proration for missed classes.
More info on our workshop registration and cancellation policies

In the first part of this workshop, we will explore several basic fingerpicking patterns used in chordal accompaniment, and we will apply these patterns to several popular and folk songs. Then we will build upon this foundation and incorporate melodic elements. Participants should leave the class with a basic understanding of how to combine melody and chords into a finger-style arrangement.

All handout materials will be in tablature, so a basic familiarity with tab will be important. While the ability to read music is not necessary for the workshop, a basic understanding of rhythm (4/4 time, eighth notes) will be very helpful.

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

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Ukulele Workshops with Maureen Andary
WHEN: Saturdays: June 6, 13, 20 & 27 -- times listed below
WHERE: HMT's lessons studio
FEE: $110 for each 4-part series
Sorry, no proration for missed classes.
More info on our workshop registration and cancellation policies

Beginner 1 -- 10:00-11:00 am
For beginning Ukulele students - learn how to play this sweet instrument using sweet songs! Past songs have included: Singing in the Rain, Beat it, Come Together, Psycho Killer, The Way You Make Me Feel, Stand by Me, Bad Moon Rising, & Here Comes the Sun. We'll learn basic strum patterns, basic chords, & how to read chord charts and lead sheets. We always laugh a LOT in this class - the lighthearted spirit of the Uke rules!

Right Hand Techniques for Blossoming Strummers -- 11:00 am-12:00 pm
For ukulele players who know some chords and strums but want to take it to the next level! In this class we will focus on right hand technique: strums, picking patterns, and general musicality. We'll discuss how to choose strums on your own and will be working with a variety of genres including classic jazz, 60s pop, 80s hits, and current pop. The class will be invited to suggest repertoire for the four weeks following the first session. Past songs have included: Norwegian Wood, Blister in the Sun, Exactly Like You, Firework, & Bad Romance. This class is most rewarding as we grow by leaps and bounds in our ukulele playing - learning to read tablature, practicing the musicality of strumming, and learning how to arrange ourselves!

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.

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Bluegrass Rhythm Guitar Workshop with Orrin Star
WHEN: Saturday June 6 -- 1:00-3:15 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)

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 Bluegrass Guitar and a long-standing columnist for Flatpicking Guitar magazine.

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Irish Mandolin Workshop with Orrin Star
WHEN: Sunday June 7 -- 2:00-4:15 pm
WHERE: HMT's lessons studio
FEE: $50

"A Luvly Jig:" Traditional Irish instrumental music is a wonderfully rich style with a unique language of embellishments and accents. Using the classic jig Lark in the Morning as our vehicle, we will explore how this language applies to the mandolin, and how to make your Irish playing sound authentic and interesting.

  • 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 Bluegrass Guitar and a long-standing columnist for Flatpicking Guitar magazine.

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Beginning Tinwhistle Workshop with Scott Morrison
WHEN: Sunday June 14 -- 12:00-2:00 pm
WHERE: HMT's lessons studio
FEE: $25
Sorry, no proration for missed classes.
More info on our workshop registration and cancellation policies

This will be a start-up workshop for the tin whistle. Proper grip, breathing techniques, embouchure and fingerings will be taught alongside of some easy tunes from the American and Celtic traditions. A whistle in the key of D is required (Walton's Mellow D or Clarke D recommended, available at HMT.

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

SCOTT MORRISON has been running his own music school called "Rimshots," based in Elkridge, MD, for nearly 15 years. In addition to giving bodhran, bones/spoons and tinwhistle workshops regularly at HMT, Scott has also taught at Appalachian Bluegrass in Catonsville, the Gaelic College in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, and makes annual appearances at area Celtic festivals in MD, VA and PA.

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Bodhran Group Classes with Scott Morrison
WHEN: Sundays: June 14, 21 & 28 -- 2:00-4:00 pm
WHERE: HMT's lessons studio
FEE: $140 for 3-part series, or $50/session drop-in rate
Sorry, no proration for missed classes.
More info on our workshop registration and cancellation policies

This class is open to both new beginners, as well as intermediate students who have some experience. Scott will tailor the material of each session to the individual attendees.

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

SCOTT MORRISON has been running his own music school called "Rimshots," based in Elkridge, MD, for nearly 15 years. In addition to giving bodhran, bones/spoons and tinwhistle workshops regularly at HMT, Scott has also taught at Appalachian Bluegrass in Catonsville, the Gaelic College in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, and makes annual appearances at area Celtic festivals in MD, VA and PA.

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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.

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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 unforeseen 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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