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The Acadia Trad Festival

June 23 – 28, 2019

Held on the beautiful campus of the College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor, Maine, the Acadia Trad Festival summer music school is a jam-packed week of classes, workshops, jam sessions, concerts and dances. Focusing on the Irish, Scottish, Québecois, Acadian, Cajun, Old-Time and Cape Breton styles, our world-class teaching staff have offered programs for fiddle, guitar, mandolin, bouzouki, cello, piano, piano accordion, banjo, pipes, whistle, bodhran, dance, song and more. Faculty, class offerings and genres vary each year, so you’ll be sure to get a lot of variety if you come back Festival after Festival.

What’s it all about?

Adults, teens, children, families — students of all ages and abilities are welcome. With nearly 20 major courses of study, full-time students spend the week in intensive studies, sessions, and fun. Can’t spend the whole week with us? That’s OK — you can choose among a large selection of afternoon workshops, join in a dance, or attend nightly concerts.

Best of all, we guarantee that you will have a the experience of a lifetime. If you really feel like you did not get your money’s worth out of our program, we will happily refund your course tuition fees.

A few words from our participants…

“I loved the culture at Acadia, the generosity of the faculty and other staff, the diverse talent and spontaneous collaboration on display everywhere, the openness and warmth. I’m all but a rank beginner, but I felt welcomed, challenged, and inspired. I’ll definitely be back.” – Deb

Warm, friendly . . .

“I was feeling a bit anxious before attending Trad School this time around because I decided to step outside of my comfort zone and major in a melodic instrument , the Tin Whistle, rather than the usual dance workshop I’m more accustomed to taking. However my trepidation was quickly eased by the warm, friendly, patient, highly skilled and trained instructors. I found it so easy to learn the tunes by ear through their high quality teaching! I would recommend Acadia School of Traditional Music and Arts to anyone interested in delving deeper into their craft, from beginner to master level.” – Adam

Amazing experience . . .

“The Acadia Trad Festival is an amazing experience for anyone interested in traditional music at any level. Summer in Maine, world class faculty and music all day. Even the teachers are learning at this place. I can’t recommend it highly enough.” – Eric

Stylistically diverse . . .

“One of the most warm, energetic, and stylistically-diverse music camps I know of! World-class faculty sharing tunes right alongside students of all ages, levels, and musical backgrounds makes for a week of true musical community, and you can feel the inspiration in the air everywhere you turn. I can’t think of a better place to immerse in the joys of traditional music!” – Mari

A fiddler’s dream . . .

It was a fiddler’s dream week! With world-famous teachers, terrific meals, and rollicking jam sessions on a gorgeous campus by the sea, it just doesn’t get better than this.” – Tess

Favourite week of the year . . .

“Acadia Trad School is my favourite week of the year! The lessons from world-class faculty, the amazing faculty concerts, the comeraderie of all ages and skill levels and all the new friends we meet are the things that stand out the most. Every detail of this week-long event is beautifully organized demonstrated in every detail. If you attend once, you’re bitten by the bug and have to return every year for more! The setting is magnificent and the musical memories are multiple!” – Marilyn

Huge, heartfelt thank you . . .

We wanted to say a huge, heartfelt thank you for your support of our week at the Acadia Trad Festival, and for giving us the opportunity to perform, teach, and learn. With your help, we were able to spend an incredible week in the company of our musical heroes. This experience was a high point of our musical lives.” – Liz & Dan