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Music Lessons > Music Workshops updated October 16, 2014

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

Recreational Taiko Class with Mark H Rooney -- Sundays, October 12 - December 7

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



Playing (Well) with Others with Mark Sylvester
WHEN: Thursdays, 7:30-8:30 pm: October 2, 9, 16 & 23
WHERE: HMT's lessons studio
FEE: $100 for all 4 sessions, $30/session drop-in (sorry, no proration for missed classes. More info on our workshop registration and cancellation policies)

This four-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. A low-pressure way to get comfortable playing with others! This class has filled up the previous two times we've had it, so make sure to register early.

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


Recreational Taiko Class with Mark H Rooney
WHEN: Sundays 5:00-7:00 pm: October 12 & 19, November 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30,
December 7
WHERE: Dance Exchange, 7117 Maple Ave, Takoma Park, MD
FEE: $220 for 8-week session, or $35/session drop-in rate

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.


Ukulele & Tenor Guitar Classes with Marcy Marxer
WHEN: Mondays, October 13, 20 & 27 / November 3, 10 & 24 / December 1 & 8
times listed below
WHERE: Kensington, MD (registrants will be given specific location info)
FEE: $210 for each 8-week session, or $395 for both. (sorry, no proration for missed classes. More info on our workshop registration and cancellation policies)

Please note, these classes were originally scheduled for Tuesdays but have been changed to Mondays.

The American Songbook for Ukulele -- 7:30-8:25 pm
Songs from Broadway, musical theater and musical film from 1920-1950 by classic writers George & Ira Gershwin, Rogers & Hart, Cole Porter, Duke Ellington and more. Build a repertoire of jazz chords to accompany great songs that stand the test of time. This is an Intermediate level class. Students should be able to play basic chords in first position.

Jazz Standards for Tenor Guitar -- 8:30-9:30 pm
Chunk that swingin' four-string rhythm and play melodies on great jam session tunes and songs. We'll listen to the original recordings of Ella Fitzgerald, Charlie Byrd, Antonio Carlos Jobim and more for inspiration and explore fingerings from tenor banjo greats. Tuning will be C-G-D-A. All levels are welcome in this class. Note to new students: it will be helpful to practice some basic chords before classes start. Contact Marcy for a chord sheet: marcy@cathymarcy.com

For both classes, Marcy will send an email with links to the songs each week so everyone will have a chance to hear them before we play them in class.

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

MARCY MARXER is a multi-instrumentalist, studio musician, performer, songwriter and producer with 30 years of experience and a shelf of impressive awards. She has played acoustic music on Emmy Award winning National Geographic specials, platinum shipping Eva Cassidy CD's and on over 50 recordings and instructional materials created with her partner, Cathy Fink.

Marcy's guitar playing spans a variety of styles -- swing rhythm and lead, bluegrass, old time, celtic fingerpicking, folk fingerpicking and some of the most tasteful backup you can hear. The C.F. Martin Co. has honored Marcy with her very own signature model guitar, the MC3H which she helped design. Flatpick Guitar Magazine called Marcy "one of the country's top Western style guitar players." She also plays mandolin, bouzouki, hammered dulcimer, Latin percussion, banjos, pennywhistle and flutes and of course, the beloved ukulele.

For more information about Marcy, see her web site


Group Ukulele Classes with Maureen Andary
WHEN: Saturdays, October 18 & 25 / November 1, 8 & 15 -- times listed below
Recital Performance Sunday November 16
WHERE: HMT's lessons studio
FEE: $135 for each 5-week session (sorry, no proration for missed classes. More info on our workshop registration and cancellation policies)

Beginner 1 and Right Hand Techniques for Blossoming Strummers are now full! Don't wait, other classes are filling up!

FULL Beginner 1 -- 12:30-1:30 pm
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!

FULL Right Hand Techniques for Blossoming Strummers -- 1:30-2:30 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!

Jamming Basics: Leading Tunes, Singing, Soloing, & Having Fun! -- 3:00-4:00 pm
Maureen teaches the basics of Jamming including: what makes a good jam song, how to lead a song, how to direct soloists, jamming etiquette, and basic ukulele soloing skills by learning basic scales and phrasing techniques. Every class we will have a jam and students are welcome to bring other instrument and to introduce songs to the class. This class will get you confident to start having your own jamming parties -- or to show up at someone else's jamming party and actually take the lead on a solo or lead a song or two. Singing optional but highly encouraged!

Note Reading 1 -- 4:00-5:00 pm
We will learn how to read music on our ukuleles using time tested curriculum from Canadian schools: James Hill's Ukulele in the Classroom Book 1 (contact HMT to purchase). After taking this class you will be well on your way to reading whatever music your heart desires to read. Sight reading will become second nature! To train our note reading minds we'll be learning classical and traditional folk ensemble pieces. Breathtaking and challenging. We will become a chamber group of ukuleles!

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.


Ukulele Workshop with Lil Rev
WHEN: Monday October 27 -- 7:30-9:00 pm
WHERE: Seeker's Church: 276 Carroll St. NW, Washington DC (across from Takoma Metro)
FEE: $35

The 12 Most Important Strums for Ukulele
Enjoy a fun night of ukulele instruction with renowned uke master Lil Rev. Together we'll explore some of the most important strum patterns you are liable to encounter including: Reggae, Calypso, Waltz Variations, The Session Strum (For Irish Music), Rock, Punk, Boom Chick for Bluegrass and Country, as well as The Metal Strum, The Klez strum and much more. Open to all levels, but it's recommended you know a few basic 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

LIL REV is an award-winning multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and music-historian who teaches and tours nationally. Known as a "protector of old songs, poetry and stories," Rev has been called a "Wisconsin Treasure" (-Ann Schmid - UWM Folk Center). His many awards and frequent travels have garnered him a loyal and growing fan base amongst lovers of all things Ukulele, Folk, Old Time, Harmonica, Jewish Music & Culture, American Labor History and Respect For Our Elders! Lil Rev calls his style of performance "edu-tain-ment." It is a combination of songs, history, poems, quotes and jokes all wrapped up in a cloak of exuberance and gratitude for those moments when we can all come together and rise up singing...and celebrate life! lilrev.com


DADGAD Chordal Accompaniment Guitar Workshop with Mark Sylvester
WHEN: Thursday November 6 -- 7:30-9:30 pm
WHERE: HMT's lessons studio
FEE: $40

For players comfortable with playing chords in standard tuning, this workshop will provide the tools for understanding and playing in DADGAD tuning.

    Covered topics will include:
  • Introduction to DADGAD tuning
  • Basic chord theory (major & minor chords)
  • Several methods of playing chords in the key of D
  • Additional chords for playing in other keys
  • Use of the capo

Using these tools, we will work out various ways of playing the chords to several folk and rock songs.

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

ABOUT MARK: 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 marksylvester.net).


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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