Group Classes and Workshops

We offer music workshops and group classes throughout the year, led by our own teachers or visiting guest teachers. To get notice about upcoming workshops and group classes, sign up for our mailing list.

We encourage advance signups so you can ensure a spot. Please read our workshop registration and cancellation policies before registering for a class.

Currently, all classes are held online.

If you have questions, would like more information on any workshops, or are an instructor interested in giving a workshop, email lessons@schoolofmusicaltraditions.com.

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5 things that I wish someone would have told me about music

with Luke Chohany

Sun, Nov 8, 2020 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM Eastern Time

In this class we will present five big concepts and approaches to learning and playing music that I’ve developed over the years that have drastically simplified things and removed obstacles to progress. We will shine a light into the dark room of music, but don’t worry, we won’t spoil the mystery and joy of it but rather illuminate all of the beautiful art that is hanging on the walls. I will discuss each concept and give examples of how to apply it at any skill level to make playing music easier and more enjoyable. All instruments and skill levels are welcome.

Having grown up outside of Harrisburg in the Appalachian Mountains of Pennsylvania, Luke currently lives in Baltimore and plays professionally with local folk and jazz groups. He has performed with April Verch, Brad and Ken Kolodner, The Bumper Jacksons, Hot Club of Baltimore, and Baltimore Swing Drop. Beyond Baltimore, Luke has toured the US and internationally with his adventurous folk music duo Nick and Luke.

$30 workshop


Outdoor Introductory Taiko Workshop

with Mark Rooney

Sunday November 15, 3-6pm

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! Ages 13 and up. 

The following sanitary and safety protocols will be in place:

– There will be a 12-PERSON MAX capacity in each session (the venue’s capacity is capped by the county at 24 people engaged in active exercise; we will keep it well under that)
– Equipment will be sanitized before the workshop and NOT shared
– We will be socially distanced minimally 6 feet but most often between 10 and 12 feet
– Masks will be required throughout – people will be asked to move to outside the enclosure for “breathe breaks” which they will be encouraged to take as often as they like
– There are public restrooms with sanitizer available

The Bumper Car Pavilion is a large outdoor covered space (protected from the elements but with plenty of ventilation). There will be heaters in the pavilion. Dressing in layers appropriate to the weather is recommended, but the exercise will keep you warm! 

MARK H ROONEY has been studying, performing & teaching Taiko in the Eastern US, Japan and Europe for over 20 years. Questions? Contact Mark at markh@markhtaiko.com or visit markhtaiko.com


Introduction to Klezmer

with Seth Kibel

Sun, Nov 22, 2020 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM Eastern Time

Baltimore’s very own Seth Kibel, leader of The Alexandria Kleztet, introduces students to klezmer music with a historical background and an intro to basic klezmer performance practice and music theory. Participants will learn both traditional melodies as well as some basic improvisational skills drawing upon the klezmer tradition. This workshop is suitable for all instruments and is beginner-friendly. Although some sheet music will be used, musical literacy is not required to participate in this workshop. Handouts will be provided via email to registered participants.

$35 workshop


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