2018 Classes & Workshops

The heart of the Acadia Trad Festival is world-class instruction students receive from our Faculty and workshop Instructors. Whether you are registered for the full week, a single day, or you just wish to drop in for an afternoon workshop, we have over 200 educational opportunities that will appeal to almost everyone.


Major Classes

Morning classes focus on student’s chosen major, and are open to registered students only. Classes are progressive throughout the week. All instrument majors (except for Beginner Fiddle) are intended for students at the Intermediate, Advanced or Master level. See below for majors offered and descriptions of what you can expect.


Afternoon Workshops & Jam Sessions

In addition to major classes, afternoon workshops and jam sessions are offered for all levels (including beginner) in all instruments listed below, plus bodhran, tenor banjo, song, and many other instruments, dance, and instrument crafts. All workshops and sessions are included in full-time and daily tuition rates. Workshops and sessions are also open to the public for a small fee (most are around $30 for a 75-minute workshop or $15 for a 75-minute session. Fees will be posted as we approach Festival week).

See below for the current draft of 2018 Classes, Workshops and Jam Sessions. More to come!


WHERE TO GO: all walk-in students should come to Seafox approximately 30 minutes before the start of the workshop to get registered, and we’ll direct you to your room. Enter through the South COA entrance, where you’ll see a sign that says STUDENT PARKING. Parking is limited on campus, so please park efficiently. Then follow the signs to Seafox/Registration. No pre-registration is required.

HOW TO USE THE SCHEDULE: There is a lot here, so use the FILTER option at the top right to narrow down the choices by Instrument, Instructor or Level. Click the Date at the top to see what is planned for each day. Schedule subject to change.