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Traditional Folk Music

UVMC offers lessons, classes, and workshops in traditional styles on a variety of instruments.

Our mission is to connect the local music community with the best traditional musicians for performances and workshops, bring people together for music-making events, and offer lessons at all ability levels with highly skilled faculty members.

Accordion and fiddle player at Upper Valley Music Center
Fiddle player at Upper Valley Music Center
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Harp Group Class

Monthly on Thursday, 6:15-7:15 pm
Sept 28th Oct 26th Nov 30th Dec 14th
Britten Room

Explore traditional tunes and techniques on harp in a supportive setting.

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Fiddle Styling for Violinists

Tuesdays 7-8 pm
Fall 2023: September 12-December 5
UVMC Elgar Room

If you already play the violin and have always wondered how to get the fiddle sound on your instrument, this is the class for you.

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Traditional Ensemble: The art of playing in small groups

Fall 2023: September 6 - November 15
Wednesday 6:30-8:30 pm
This class is full!

Learn to play traditional tunes in an ensemble.

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English Country Dance Music Sessions

Sundays 7-8:30 pm
Second and Fourth Sundays

UVMC English Country Dance Instrumental Music sessions provide a friendly, flexible and spontaneous small ensemble setting for beginning, intermediate to experienced players of a variety of traditional instruments.

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Fiddle students listening to a new tune.

Beginning Fiddle

Tuesdays 6-7 pm
Fall 2023: September 12 -December 5 (Part 1)

Beginning adults start with the very basics: how to hold the fiddle and bow with clean, relaxed technique that fits your body, how to “hear” and remember a tune.

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Monday Night Fiddle

Fall 2023: September 11 - December 18
Mondays 7 - 8 pm

Learn tunes and styles from Celtic, French Canadian, Cape Breton, and New England Contra Dance traditions.

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Group Guitar for Adults

Mondays 11 am -12 pm
Fall 2023: September 11-January 15
UVMC Bach Room

Learn how to play the guitar with real life people!

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Guitar student working with UVMC faculty

Beginning Guitar Parts 1 & 2

Mondays 6:30-7:30 pm
Fall 2023: September 11-January 15
UVMC Elgar Room

Develop your skills to confidently play through complete songs and get comfortable playing music with others.

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Free Harp Concert with Rachel Clemente

Thursday, October 12,
12:00 pm
to 1:00 pm EDT
Upper Valley Music Center

UVMC’s Free Lunchtime Recital Series

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fiddle and mandolin

Slow Jam

Friday, October 13,
5:30 pm
to 6:30 pm EDT
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every month that begins at 5:30 pm on day Second of the month, repeating until Saturday, June 1, 2024

Upper Valley Music Center
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April Verch Fiddle Workshop

Wednesday, October 25,
5:15 pm
to 6:15 pm EDT
$20 per person
Upper Valley Music Center

Learn a Canadian Waltz with April Verch.

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If you’d like to learn more about our traditional folk music offerings, visit our FAQ page or contact us with your questions.