TRAD CAMP 2019 - July 15 - 19

Instructors include: Oliver Scanlon (fiddle, mandolin, ensemble), Dana Robinson (guitar), Joanne Garton (Scottish fiddle, highland dance), Marianne Perchlik (chorus), and Christiana Usenza (West African drumming).

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The Summit School of Traditional Music and Culture presents Trad Camp 2019 July 15-19!  This week-long music immersion camp is perfect for kids 8-16 years old who either have a newfound interest in music, or a deep interest in furthering musicianship.  Classes range from Beginner to Advanced on a variety of instruments including fiddle, guitar, ukulele, drums, songwriting, voice, and more.  Budding musicians enjoy developing technique and skill on instruments they know, but are also encouraged to try something new.  Our instructors (to be announced soon!) are first class, recognized for both the quality of their teaching, and their performance skills. 

The Trad Camp day begins at 9am with a group song or short performance, then students disperse into their different chosen classes.  Mid-day lunch break includes ample time outside on the beautiful Orchard Valley Waldorf School campus in East Montpelier.  Afternoon class choices include an ensemble option, where students can experience playing in a group and arranging music together.  For campers who want to spend some time practicing or trying their hand at an art activity, there will always be time reserved at the end of the day.  Pick-up is at 3pm, with an option for

Stay and Play to accommodate longer work days.  The Summit School has presented this camp for many years, and after taking one year off, has decided to offer it once again.  The camp’s director, Katie Trautz, is thrilled to give children and teens an opportunity to explore music and deepen their interest in the arts.

Note: If you're looking for a VT traditional music immersion camp for kids, but the dates or location of Summit School's camp present a challenge for you, check out the YTV Trad Camp held in Shelburne, VT, July 22-26 this year, more info at this website: YTV Trad Camp

Other Opportunities

Trad Youth Jam

Monthly gathering for youth interested in traditional music. This is a chance for kids to play tunes with others in a casual setting, learn some new tunes, introduce personal favorites to others, and practice the art of playing in a group. All instruments are welcome. Tunes are taught by ear. Age range is roughly 8-14, but the main requirements are a basic ability to play one’s instrument and a desire to be part of a group.


The Youth Jam meets the second Friday of each month from 4:30-5:30, and is led by rotating local instructors, including Ruth Einstein, Joanne Garton, Susan Reid, Katie Trautz, and Yasi Zeichner. There is no charge.


Jams are held at the Center for Arts and Learning in Montpelier unless otherwise indicated. Email notices are sent in advance of each jam with information about the guest instructor of the month. For more information or to be added to the mailing list, please contact Tracy Loysen at or 802-522-3083. 

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