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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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Classes

Monday Night Fiddle

Mondays 7:15-8:15 pm
Fall 2022: 12 weeks beginning September 26

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

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Fiddle Tune Fridays

Fridays 4-5 pm
Monthly: October 7, November 4, January 6

Bring your instruments and play fiddle tunes with friends. For ages 8-13.

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Arranging and performing traditional music for group ensemble

Fall 2022: September 15-December 15
Thursdays 6:30-8 pm
Upper Valley Music Center Elgar Room

Learn to play traditional tunes in an ensemble.

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Homeschool Family Guitar

Mondays 10-11 am
Fall 2022: September 12-January 16

Parents and children learn beginning guitar skills together.

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Fiddlers enjoying a traditional tune.

Continuing Fiddle

Fall 2022: September 20-December 13
Tuesdays 7:15-8:15 pm*

Learn tunes by ear and explore style and technique in Irish, Old Time, New England, and French Canadian traditional tunes.

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Fiddle students listening to a new tune.

Beginning Fiddle

Tuesdays 6-7 pm*
Part 1 Fall 2022: September 20-December 13
Part 2 Spring: TBA

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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Guitar student working with UVMC faculty

Beginning Guitar Parts 1 & 2

Tuesdays 6-7 pm OR Mondays 11 am-12 pm
Fall 2022: September 12-January 17
Spring 2023: January 10-June 5
UVMC Elgar Room

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

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Guitar student working with UVMC faculty Tristan Bellerive

Intermediate Group Guitar

Fall 2022: September 12-January 18
Spring 2023: January 30-June 5
Mondays 6-7 pm or Wednesdays 11 am - 12 pm
UVMC Elgar Room

Group guitar class for intermediate players who want to strengthen improvisation skills, fretboard knowledge and more.

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Events

Slow Jam

Friday, October 7,
5:30 pm
to 6:30 pm EDT
|Recurring Event (See all)

One event on Friday, July 23, 2021 at 5:30 pm

One event on Friday, August 13, 2021 at 5:30 pm

One event on Friday, June 18, 2021 at 5:30 pm

One event on Friday, September 24, 2021 at 5:30 pm

One event on Friday, October 29, 2021 at 5:30 pm

One event on Friday, November 19, 2021 at 5:30 pm

One event on Friday, January 21, 2022 at 5:30 pm

One event on Friday, February 25, 2022 at 5:30 pm

One event on Friday, March 18, 2022 at 5:30 pm

One event on Friday, April 22, 2022 at 5:30 pm

One event on Friday, May 20, 2022 at 5:30 pm

One event on Friday, May 6, 2022 at 5:30 pm

One event on Friday, June 17, 2022 at 5:30 pm

One event on Friday, August 19, 2022 at 5:30 pm

One event on Friday, September 9, 2022 at 5:30 pm

One event on Friday, July 29, 2022 at 5:30 pm

One event on Friday, October 7, 2022 at 5:30 pm

One event on Friday, November 4, 2022 at 5:30 pm

One event on Saturday, December 3, 2022 at 5:30 pm

One event on Friday, January 6, 2023 at 5:30 pm

Play along to traditional fiddle tunes at a relaxed tempo.

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Rachel Clemente Harp

Rachel Clemente, Harp | Workshops

Saturday, October 29,
1:30 pm
to 4:30 pm EDT
$35
Upper Valley Music Center

Get your hands on a harp with Rachel Clemente, UVMC, and the VT Harp Center.

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Concert | Rachel Clemente, harp

Saturday, October 29,
5:30 pm
to 6:30 pm EDT
$25
First Congregational Church of Lebanon

Join us for a solo concert with the New England based pedal and traditional Scottish harpist, Rachel Clemente.

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Questions?

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