2020 - Spring  Session of Evening Classes
The Spring Session has been cancelled due to Covid-19 - Please visit our covid quarantine music page to find other ways to engage with and support traditional musicians during this time.

Mondays

Intermediate Old Time Banjo - with Ted Ingham

Scottish Fiddle Intensive (Beg/Int) - with Joanne Garton

Tuesdays

Beginner Old Time Banjo - with Dana Robinson

Old Time Stringband Ensemble - with Dana Robinson

Trad Music Ensemble - with Jeremiah McLane

Wednesdays

Klezmer Music - with Zoe Christiansen 

American Harmony Singing - with Heidi Wilson & Avery Book

Thursdays

Old Time Fiddle (Int/Adv) - with Mark Di Stefano

Scandinavian Tunes - with Alex Kehler

All Classes are held at the Center for Arts and Learning on 46 Barre Street in Montpelier, VT.

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class of your choosing. Or, send a check for the amount listed to:
Summit School, 46 Barre St. #5  Montpelier, VT 05602

Mondays

Scottish Fiddle Intensive with Joanne Garton

3 Monday Evening Classes from 6:30-7:30pm

April 20 - May 4 | $75

Scottish Fiddle Intensive for Beginner and Intermediate Fiddlers (and melody players)

 

This class is intended for advanced beginner or intermediate fiddlers looking to learn Scottish tunes, technique, and cultural context. We'll cover three basic Scottish tune types: a march, a strathspey, and a reel, and learn how they integrate with different styles of traditional Scottish dance. Come prepared to learn new things and refine your fiddle chops!

Intermediate Old Time Banjo with Ted Ingham

 

8 Monday Evening Classes from 7:30-8:30pm

 

April 20 - June 15 (no class Memorial Day) | $200

In this 8-week Old-time clawhammer class we’ll work on cool fiddle tunes and songs as we continue to focus on finding the pulse of the OT banjo. I’ve been returning to some deep vine tunes and trying to accompany singing with the kick ass playing of Matokie Slaughter in my ears. We’ll share recordings of masters including Slaughter, and jaw on what they do—but the focus will be on learning material in a workshop setting that uses the banjo’s push, percussive virtues, and syncopation to support fiddlers, singers, and ourselves as “singers!”

You should be an intermediate/advanced clawhammer player: comfortable with learning tunes in a workshop setting; familiar with the main old-time banjo tunings; and ready to work on some right-hand techniques beyond drop-thumb. You will need a five-string banjo, and are welcome to bring a device to record with.

Tuesdays

Old Time Clawhammer Banjo for Beginners with Dana Robinson

8 Tuesday evening classes from 6-7pm

April 21 - June 9 | $200

This class will get you started playing clawhammer-style, oldtime banjo. We’ll master the basic bum-ditty frail and learn a number of two and three finger chords. By the second or third class you’ll be playing oldtime songs and tunes common in the dance and jam session repertoire. By the end of the course, we’ll leave you with the tools to play comfortably in a session or by yourself on the porch! 

Old Time Stringband Ensemble with Dana Robinson

8 Tuesday Evening Classes from 7:30-8:30pm

April 21 - June 9 | $200

In this course, our class will agree upon a number of oldtime tunes in advance. We’ll then come together to make them sound great in an ensemble setting.  We’ll identify the role the individual instruments play and how they fit together to create a unified groove. Attention will be given to taking time, listening and relaxing into a tune. The fiddle, banjo, guitar, mandolin and bass are all welcome. 

Trad Music Ensemble with Jeremiah McLane

6 Tuesday Evening Classes from 6:30 - 8pm

April - May (April 21, 28;  May 5, 12, 19, 26) | $150 

Trad Music Ensemble will focus equally on group performance and individual musicianship while playing with others. Repertoire for the class will be send out via audio and sheet music prior to each class, thus reserving time in class for arranging, improvising, harmonies, ear-training, chord theory, melodic variation, and general discussion. The repertoire will feature tunes from a wide variety of sources including Quebec, France, Scandinavia, New England, the British Isles, to name a few. Level: intermediate to advanced; the ability to read music is helpful but not required; playing by ear will be a staple of the class. 

Wednesdays

Klezmer Music with Zoe Christiansen

 

6 Wednesday Evening Classes from 6-7:15pm

 

April 22 - May 27 | $150

"Klezmer" music, or Eastern-European Jewish-music, is well known here for its unique sounding clarinet, and some other qualities that people sometimes struggle to describe, often using words like 'happy', or 'emotive', or 'exciting'. 

This class will teach you what really makes klezmer "klezmer", from the rhythms that drive the dances it accompanies, to what makes the clarinet (and other instruments) sound uniquely in the style. I love to teach a little bit about the history of klezmer of well; what it was like before immigration to America, and how it changed upon its arrival on this continent. I also love to teach by showing some contrasts in similar/surrounding styles of music from Eastern Europe - for example, the music of Turkey.

All and instruments and levels are welcome, voices are welcome, and although sheet music will be provided, learning by ear is highly encouraged!

American Harmony Singing with Avery Book and Heidi Wilson

6 Wednesday Evening Classes from 6:30-8pm

April 22 - May 27 | $150

This 6 week course will serve as introduction to the rich harmony singing traditions of the United States. The music we'll share comes out of African American, English, Scots Irish, Irish, British, and more folk singing traditions. This course places a special emphasis on "living songs," songs with purpose: work songs, healing songs, graces, lullabies, travel, songs of connection, transformation, resistance, resilience, and celebration. We will sing three and four part harmony songs, introduce the basic theory behind the music, and apply that through small group singing, improvisation, work on vocal technique, and harmonization. This is a great space to explore beautiful harmony singing and to challenge yourself in a warm and supportive environment.

Thursdays

Int/Adv Old Time Fiddle with Mark Di Stefano

6 Thursday Evening Classes  from 6-7:15pm

April 23 - May 28 | $150 

This class is for intermediate and advanced fiddlers.  We will start the class with some tunes from West Virginia and Kentucky and cover some different tunings that are commonly utilized in  these repertoires.  Depending on the interests of students in the class, we can either continue in that vein or sample some other regional styles, which could include tunes from the Georgia and Mississippi repertoires.  Before each class, I send out slow recordings of each tune that you can use for the class and hold onto for future use.

Scandinavian Tunes: Polska, Halling, Schottis, and more! with Alex Kehler

3 Thursday evening classes from 6:-8pm

April 23; May 7, 21 | $105

Scandinavian repertoire and techniques, open to all instruments but with a focus on bowed strings. Intermediate level required.

We will explore tunes from different regions, hand picked for their captivating beauty and Nordic sonorities. A specific focus will be on harmony parts to accompany the melodies as is typical in these traditions. Particular attention will be paid to the underlying dance rhythms and the bowings that emphasize them to bring out the characteristic feel of these traditions. We’ll also touch on ornamentation, melodic variation and the use of microtones if there is an interest!

 Learning will be by ear in class.  Sheet music and audio will be provided upon request in advance, but ideally there will be no reading in class!

Refund and Payment Policies:

 

  • After the first week of programming, no refunds will be provided. 

  • Student cancellation the week before the program begins results in a refund of ½ the tuition.

  • No refunds or make-up classes offered for student absences due to illness or family emergency.

The Summit School is a non-profit folk music school located in Montpelier, Vermont.  We host ongoing group classes in music and dance for children and adults.   Our Summit School year has two semesters of classes for adults, local after school music programs for children, Trad Camp for Kids in the summer, and a Winter Folk Music Festival 'Spice on Snow'.  Mission Statement: We are dedicated to promoting cross-cultural exchange and celebrating our American heritage through affordable group music and dance programs.
Contact: director@summit-school.org, 802-793-3016 for more info.
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