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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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Events

guitar and cello

Relax Your Ears

Sunday, January 23,
3:00 pm
to 4:30 pm EST
$20 adults; under 18 free
First Congregational Church of Lebanon

Tristan Bellerive and Ben Kulp come together to perform cello/guitar duets composed by Joel Styzens.

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Classes

Kids Beginner Ukulele

Spring 2022: February 22-May 17
Tuesdays 5:30-6:30 pm
UVMC Bach Room

Nils Fredland will teach the ukulele basics -- holding the instrument, tuning, strumming, and learning chords and basic music theory.

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Adults playing ukulele

Adult Beginner Ukulele

Spring 2022: February 22-May 17
Tuesdays 6:45-7:45 pm
UVMC Bach Room

Learn the ukulele basics...holding the instrument, tuning, strumming, and building your knowledge of chords and basic music theory.

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Traditional Ensembles: Répertoire de Quebec

Spring 2022: February 3-May 5
Thursdays 6:30-8 pm
Upper Valley Music Center Elgar Room

Learn instrumental tunes of Quebec.

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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 7:15-8:15 pm*
Part 1 Fall 2021: October 19-January 11
Part 2 Spring: February 1-May 3
UVMC Elgar Room

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
Fall 2021: September 14-January 18
Spring 2022: February 1-May 31
UVMC Elgar Room

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

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Multiple instruments jamming outdoors

Slow Jams

Alternating Fridays, 5:30-6:30 pm
In Person 2022: January 21, Feb 25, March 18, April 22, May 20
Online 2022: February 4, more dates TBA

Play along to your favorite fiddle tunes at a gentle tempo.

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Guitar student working with UVMC faculty Tristan Bellerive

Intermediate Group Guitar

Spring 2022: January 31-June 6
Fall 2021: September 13-January 17
Mondays 6-7 pm
UVMC Elgar Room

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

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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.