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Welcome to the Acadia Trad School!

At the Acadia Trad School, we are passionate about promoting education and appreciation of traditional music, dance and culture. Focusing mainly on music and dance with origins in the Celtic traditions (Irish, Scottish, Cape Breton, Acadian, Quebeçois, Old-Time, etc), we promote both historical and modern adaptations of the arts that respectfully expand on the voices of the past while passing the voices of the present to the next generation. The Acadia Trad School emphasizes technique, theory, and cultural understanding — not just learning tunes.

We offer a variety of concerts, sessions, workshops, school programs and dances across Downeast Maine throughout the year, but our flagship event is the week long Acadia Trad Festival, held each year in Bar Harbor during the last week in June.

Whether you attend a concert, workshop, dance or join us the Festival, we sincerely hope you will join us!

The Acadia Trad Festival

June 23-28, 2019 (registration opens October 1)

Join us for a jam-packed week of classesconcerts and jam sessions in the Irish, Scottish, Québecois, Acadian, Cajun, Old-Time and Cape Breton styles. Our world-class teaching staff offer programs for fiddle, guitar, mandolin, bouzouki, cello, piano, piano accordion, banjo, uilleann pipes, whistle, bodhran, dance, song, Celtic culture, and much, much more. Adults, teens, children, families — students of all ages and abilities are welcome!

Year-round Programs

At the Acadia School of Traditional Music and Arts, our highest priority is to provide world-class educational programs in traditional music, arts and culture. All ages — children, teens, families, adults and seniors — will find a wide range of learning opportunities in our year-round programs.

  • Concerts
  • Workshops
  • Jam sessions
  • Dances
  • School programs