About Us

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

We offer personalized private lessons in a very wide range of styles and instruments, from traditional folk and classical to today’s hits.

We believe there isn’t anyone who can’t be taught to enjoy playing music. The only requirement is that we meet every student at their own level of ability and interest.

This means teaching students what they want to play, in a manner they can understand and succeed at. It sounds like basic common sense, but unfortunately it’s not how music lessons have historically been presented. Many adults remember years of lessons wasted on unfamiliar music and tedious exercises that never resulted in being able to play their own favorite tunes. Or worse, being told that they weren’t “talented” and should just give up.

We promise a different experience. We understand that a student’s first lessons are the most important they will ever have, and we try to provide the most enjoyable introduction possible. We do that by emphasizing whatever songs and styles a student is most inspired to play, and by recognizing everything that students are doing right.

We know that what most people want from music is a fun recreational experience, not a demanding perfectionist regimen. We don’t believe in nagging or criticizing – what we try to offer instead is encouragement and enthusiasm.

Our teachers span a very wide range of musical interests and abilities. Some are expert in advanced performance techniques, others are expert with young children. All of us are passionate about the idea that music can be enjoyed by everyone.

Most of our students are very satisfied with making music for their own enjoyment. But over the years we’ve seen more than a few go on to careers as performers, teachers and recording artists.

Whatever your own goals are, we’d be happy to help you reach them.

David McCormick, director
(240) 690-1910