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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

Slow Jam

Friday, August 19,
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

Play along to traditional fiddle tunes at a relaxed tempo.

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Slow Jam

Friday, September 9,
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

Play along to traditional fiddle tunes at a relaxed tempo.

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Classes

Summer 2022 Monday Night Fiddle

July 11-August 15
Mondays 6:30-7:30 pm
Upper Valley Music Center

Intermediate adults learn tunes from Celtic, French Canadian, Cape Breton, and New England Contra Dance traditions.

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Fiddlers enjoying a traditional tune.

Summer 2022 Fiddle/Guitar Intensive Week

Monday-Friday, August 1-5
5:30 pm intermediate or 6:30 pm beginner

Build your fiddle tune repertoire and learn to play tunes with an ensemble!

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Kids Beginner Ukulele

Spring 2022: February 22-May 31
Alternating 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 31
Alternating 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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Monday Night Fiddle

Mondays 7:15-8:15 pm
Spring 2022: 12 weeks beginning March 14
Online via Zoom
Start Date postponed to March 14

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

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Traditional Ensembles: Répertoire de Quebec

Spring 2022: February 10-May 12
Thursdays 6:30-8 pm
Upper Valley Music Center Elgar Room
Start date postponed to February 10

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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Questions?

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