About Us

SMT

The School of Musical Traditions was created to expand the lesson program of the House of Musical Traditions, a fixture in the Washington, D.C. area music scene since 1972.

We offer personalized private lessons in a very wide range of instruments, genres, and traditions, including traditional folk, rock, blues, pop, jazz, and classical. 

We believe that anybody can learn to play music! We work with students ages 6 and older, including adults who are well into retirement. We are committed to inclusivity and do not discriminate based on race, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity (including gender expression), sexual orientation, disability, or age. 

We teach students at all ability levels, whether you are just getting started with an instrument for the first time, or are seeking instruction to reach a higher level of playing.

Many of our students take lessons for the express purpose of making music for their own enjoyment. We also teach students who develop careers as performers, teachers and recording artists.

Our teachers span a very wide range of musical interests and abilities. All of us are passionate about the idea that music can be enjoyed by everyone. 

Whatever your own goals are, we are excited to welcome you to our studio!

Our Staff

Amanda Thorstad

Amanda is the director of the School of Musical Traditions. She grew up playing classical music, culminating in a music degree from St. Olaf College. Amanda later shifted into folk music and currently performs on banjo, fiddle, and guitar with The October Sessions.

Eleanor Brasfield

Eleanor is the operations coordinator at the School of Musical Traditions. She also works at the House of Musical Traditions. Eleanor is a soprano, specializing in choral singing. She has sung and played cello in various ensembles based in Washington, DC and Maryland. Eleanor has toured with choirs regionally in the United States and has performed internationally in the Czech Republic and Zambia. 

Gabby Cheij

Gabby is the marketing coordinator at the School of Musical traditions. She also teaches voice and piano. Check out her bio for more information!

About Us

The School of Musical Traditions was created to expand the lesson program of the House of Musical Traditions, a fixture in the Washington, D.C. area music scene since 1972.

We offer personalized private lessons in a very wide range of instruments, genres, and traditions, including traditional folk, rock, blues, pop, jazz, and classical. 

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  • lessons@schoolofmusicaltraditions.com
  • (240) 690-1910

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