Class Offerings Fall 2021

Fiddle From Scratch - with Katie Trautz
French Canadian Tunes - with Keith Murphy and Becky Tracy
Youth Fiddle Club and Teen Trad Band - with Joanne Garton


All Classes are held at the Center for Arts and Learning on 46 Barre Street in Montpelier, VT.  (Except French Canadian Tunes which is held on Zoom)

To Register, securely pay online by clicking the Paypal button next to the
class of your choosing. Or, send a check for the amount listed to:
Summit School, 46 Barre St. #5  Montpelier, VT 05602

YOUTH FIDDLE CLUB with Joanne Garton - in person

Saturdays Nov. 6th - Dec. 11th, 10:30am - 11:30am, 5 weeks, no class Nov. 27th, $50.


For intermediate fiddlers who can confidently play through tunes from the Scottish, Irish, Cape Breton, and Old Time traditions and are looking to play music together with other kids in the area. Learn a few new tunes, practice familiar tunes, create some harmonies, and even bring your piano, guitar, or mandolin-playing friends! Contact Joanne Garton at with questions. 



TEEN TRAD BAND with Joanne Garton - in-person

Saturdays Nov. 6th - Dec. 11th, 11:30am - 12:30pm, no class Nov. 27th, 5 weeks, $50.


For advanced traditional musicians (teens or almost teens) interested in creating tune sets, harmonies, and arrangements, and learning about each other’s instruments and musical backgrounds. Get your favorite tunes ready for the dance hall (for when we get to dance together again)! All instruments welcome with a focus on New England, Celtic, and Old-Time tunes. Contact Joanne Garton at with questions. 

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FIDDLE FROM SCRATCH with Katie Trautz - in-person or remote

Mondays 6-7:30pm, 6 weeks, $150, starts Nov. 8th


Learn how to play the fiddle! Join this informal, fun, group setting to learn the basics of playing the fiddle. This class is for adults, no experience necessary, learn by ear.  Email with questions.

Katie is the co-founder of the Summit School of Traditional Music and Culture, and she is the current director of Spice on Snow music festival.  She teaches fiddle, guitar and harmony singing, and works as a part-time event coordinator for Montpelier Alive.  


FRENCH CANADIAN TUNES with Keith Murphy and Becky Tracy – remote (via Zoom)

Tuesdays 7:30-8:30pm, 6 weeks, $120. Starts Nov. 2

This will be an intensive course focused on French Canadian fiddle tunes. The material will be a mix of crooked and straight tunes, some great session tunes, some less common, easy and more challenging. The first two or three weeks, we will aim to teach two tunes per class. Later classes will involve more review of the previously taught tunes plus one new tune a week. We will be ready to adapt according to the needs and desires of the students. All tunes will be taught solely by ear. Students will have access to the class video afterwards and there will be a follow-up video of the new tune of the week, fast and slow. All instruments are welcome.


Keith and Becky are veteran teachers at music camps across the country and have been on faculty with the Brattleboro Music Center for 15 years teaching weekly classes in traditional music. They are popular and highly skillful teachers and have been very effective in the online format. 

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.   The Summit School also hosts Trad Camp for Kids in the summer, Summer Picking Parties, and Spice on Snow winter music festival.  
Contact:, 802-279-2236 for more info.