Traditions Weeks are individual weeks of classes, concerts, dances and other activities in the traditional roots-based arts, normally held on the campus of McDaniel College in Westminster, Maryland.
Traditions Weeks 1 is VIRTUAL in 2023.
Traditions Week 2 will be IN-PERSON.
Traditions Week 3 will return in the future.
NOTE: INFORMATION IS EASIEST TO VIEW ON A TABLET OR COMPUTER.
Download a PDF of the 2023 catalog HERE.
NOTE: We suggest looking through courses and writing down your list prior to enrolling! You can get to the enrollment form from ANY class description or click HERE.
Common Ground on the Hill is committed to the health and safety of our community. We have put the following policy in place, which will be reviewed each month leading up to Traditions Weeks:
Please refer to What’s the Right Workshop Skill Level for Me? in the Skill Levels tab above to help you understand our guidelines for placing students interested in studying a musical instrument in the workshops that will be of the most benefit to them as individuals and also benefit whole classes and the camp. It is also important to note that instructors will observe individual students’ skills and the general skill level of a class and adjust his or her presentation accordingly in order to arrive at the most productive and enjoyable instructional experience possible.
Classes run Monday-Friday. All classes are listed in Eastern Daylight Time.
REMINDER: All classes and events are in Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) - that is, Daylight Savings Time in the Eastern Time Zone. Classes run Monday-Friday.
AVAILABLE ON THE COMMON GROUND ON THE HILL YOUTUBE CHANNEL
Executive Walt Michael welcomes you to the Virtual Traditions Weeks 2023 with some song and sage advice, as well as tips for how to make the most of your experience. Many of your questions will be answered in this short informational session, so plan to stop by! This event will be streamed on the Common Ground on the Hill YouTube Channel, found HERE.
Keynote Lectures (Mondays at 8 PM ET), and Evening Concerts (Tuesdays-Fridays at 8 PM ET)
Traditions Week 1 Evening Events will be streamed on the Common Ground on the Hill YouTube Channel, HERE.
Traditions Week 2 Evening Events will take place McDaniel College.
Enjoy both weeks with the whole family!
A complete schedule of GALLERY TALKS can be found HERE.
Residential participants stay in on-campus dormitory housing with three cafeteria-style meals included per day, from dinner on Sunday of arrival through breakfast on the Saturday of departure.
Rented linens include 2 towels, washcloth, sheets, blanket, pillow and pillowcase for an additional $20 per week.
Lost key replacement is $60, which will be billed to your credit card on file.
Housing plans INCLUDE three cafeteria-style meals included per day, from dinner on Sunday of arrival through breakfast on the Saturday of departure.
NOTE: Lost full-service meal bands can be replaced at a cost of $168. We recommend taking extreme care with your meal band!
Lunch-only bands enable the purchaser to access all-you-can-eat lunch in the cafeteria from Monday to Friday during Traditions Week 2.
Lunch and Dinner-only bands enable the purchaser to access all-you-can-eat lunch and dinner in the cafeteria from Monday to Friday during Traditions Week 2.
Please note that the guidelines below apply to instrumental (and in some cases dance) workshops ONLY
A total novice; someone completely new to the instrument, dance, etc.
Rudimentary experience; ready to learn and move forward with basic skills (chords and chord changes, playing in time, learning scales, etc)
Some facility with basic skills (can play and change chords in time, may have some facility with playing scales, tunes, etc.)
Competent in basic skills as above, shows some musicality and perhaps awareness of stylistic elements of genre(s) etc.
Competent in basic and intermediate skills, is able to learn new tunes and techniques with relative ease and speed, plays with noticeable musicality
If a workshop title includes the word "Beginning," it will correlate to Skill Level A. Workshops titles that include a numeral 1 correlate to Skill Level B. Workshop titles that feature a numeral 2, or include an instructor's name (i.e., Old-Time Guitar with Danny Knicely) correlate to Skill Level C. Some workshops will have none of these indicators in title, but the workshop description may still include a Skill Level suggestion. Workshop descriptions that do not indicate a Skill Level are open to students of all Skill Levels.
NOTE: Registration will be easiest on a tablet or computer.
Here are a few tips that will help you navigate our registration system:
Make sure to read all questions carefully, and complete every section.
If you can't see the desired Tradition Week, click the right arrow at the top of the calendar to advance to show the next week.
To see the full list of daily classes in a week, use the View More link at the bottom.
Look for your desired class based on the time period. In the example below, the LEFT rectangle represents 2-pd classes running from 9-11:45 AM. The UPPER RIGHT rectangle represents Period 1 classes and the LOWER RIGHT rectangle is Period 2 classes. You can scroll down to see the blocks representing classes in the remaining periods.
Click on the rectangle representing your desired class. This will open a list of classes in that block, each with a check box at the right to select that class. Classes are listed alphabetically. Scroll to your desired class and select it.
After you make your selection, click the Selection Done button (shown below) to move out of the course list and choose your next class. You will not be able to make a selection in a time slot that you already have filled. For instance, if you select a class that runs during Periods 1 & 2, you will not be able to add another class in Period 1.
Now you will see a green bar on the block that shows the name and period of the course you selected.
NOTE: If you accidentally clicked the wrong class, just click again on the desired block to go back in and make a new selection.
Repeat this class selection process until you have selected all your desired classes for that week and then click the Done Class Selection button (pictured below) at the TOP of the screen.
If you wish to take classes in more than one Traditions Week, repeat the process by clicking View More for the next desired week as at the top of these instructions.
To ensure correct pricing when taking classes in more than one Traditions Week, make sure to register ALL your classes within the same enrollment - do not create a separate enrollment for each Traditions Week!
When all desired classes have been selected, click EITHER the DONE or SELECTION DONE buttons. You will return to the enrollment page, now with your class selections listed.
Add Waitlist selections if desired, and continue applications questions.
You will receive a confirmation email which may take 15-20 minutes to arrive in your inbox.
If you have questions or issues, please contact us at email@example.com OR firstname.lastname@example.org
With over 350 workshops taught by 200 nationally and internationally recognized instructors, this is an opportunity to both dive deep into your chosen interest and to cast a wide net into the vast array of classes we offer!View schedule
You can earn undergraduate and graduate credit when you take Traditions Weeks workshops, including classes in traditional visual arts, music, film, lecture, and more! Credit available for up to two weeks of classes, across the three Traditions Weeks. REMINDER: Traditions Week 1 is ALL VIRTUAL; Traditions Week 2 is IN-PERSON.
NOTE: See complete information in the tabs above.
For Undergraduate Credit information, see the Undergraduate tab above.
Full participation for graduate students is defined as registering for a total of 5 workshop periods for every 3 Graduate credits to be earned. Attendance at a specified number of art talks, evening concerts, and keynote addresses is also required.
Participants may also elect to earn academic credits across the Traditions Weeks summer program.
Once you have registered for Common Ground workshops and noted a desire to earn credits you will be assigned an Instructor of Record who is a member of the McDaniel College Faculty and who will monitor your work during Traditions Weeks, oversee your work outside of Traditions Weeks, confer with you about your final project, and assign your grade.
You will also receive a course syllabus and other helpful materials.
NOTE: Credits are awarded by McDaniel College and are generally transferable to other academic institutions. Participants should check with their own Institution for questions about transferability.
Three or six credits are available, designated as PDE 560 - Building Community Though the Traditional Arts.
As noted above, you may take any combination of classes across Traditions Weeks to meet the 3 or 6 credit requirements. Common Ground on the Hill will direct bill CCPS for your Common Ground on the Hill and credit registration fees at a special discount rate of $1121 per 3 credits. You will be responsible for any materials fees if applicable.
All CCPS Employees MUST contact the CCPS HR Department for authorization PRIOR to registering with Common Ground on the Hill. Check “cohort” on this form to trigger direct billing. CCPS informs us weekly about those who have received this authorization. Once you have obtained this authorization, you must complete your registration with Common Ground on the Hill.
May likely also apply credits earned toward continuing education requirements and should check with their school districts as to reimbursement policies. (Most will reimburse for credits earned through Common Ground on the Hill). The 2022 tuition and fees for earning three credits totaled $1171. Tuition and fees for earning six credits doubled to $2342. NOTE: 2023 tuition and fees are TBA.
Course opens for students to familiarize themselves with content and requirements. Participants may start reading, viewing materials and introducing themselves on Blackboard if they wish.
Participants officially begin interacting with assigned materials and responding to prompts in the Blackboard discussion forums.
Participants Take part in their chosen CGOTH classes. Those earning 3 credits with take 5 periods of classes over the 2 week period; those earning 6 credits will take 10 periods of classes.
In addition, Participants will attend evening activities: art talks, concerts and keynote lectures. 5 evenings are required for those earning 3 credits and 10 evenings for those earning 6 credits. Again, these can be spread across the weeks as fits your schedule and number of credits being earned.
During these weeks, Participants will be blogging about their experiences on Blackboard.
Time outside of classes/ evening activities/blogging is available to read/view assigned materials.
Participants will respond to Discussion Board prompts as they complete their reading/viewing of materials. This is the final structured week.
Participants will work with Instructors of Record to complete their final projects. These projects are due to the Instructors of Record by August 7.
2023 Deadline to apply for Academic Credits and complete all registration requirements through Common Ground on the Hill June 5, 2023.
2023 Deadline to submit your outside coursework and any projects to your Instructor of Record August 6, 2023.
Withdrawal deadline is June 9, 2023.
After the deadline, withdrawal from participation in Common Ground on the Hill for Academic Credit will incur a fee (up to the total cost of participation), the total of which will be dependent on when that withdrawal is initiated. Any refunds that may be made after this point will have this fee deducted from the total returned.
All undergraduate deadlines and withdrawal follow the schedule of the McDaniel College Undergraduate 2023 Summer Session. 2023 Information TBA.
Students seeking McDaniel College credit must enroll in 5 classes taking place over a one or two week period, in addition to attending live/virtual events including art talks, evening concerts, keynote addresses, the festival and other activities. Students should attend 5 evenings for those earning 4 credits. Again, these can be spread across Traditions Weeks as fits your schedule and number of credits.
Contact the Common Ground on the Hill office for registration and tuition information, and with questions: email@example.com.
Course # TBA ~ American Cultural Diversity: Artistic Expression
Instructor: Walt Michael, McDaniel College Artist in Residence and Executive Director, Common Ground on the Hill.
This course introduces students to issues of cultural, ethnic, racial, and artistic diversity in American culture focusing on but not limited to musical artistic expression as encountered at Common Ground on the Hill’s summer Traditions Weeks, both in person and virtually. Students explore how acts of artistic and cultural imagination have given meaning, power and definition to these cultures' understanding of America and their relationship to this country. The course will study and enjoy traditional music associated with these different cultures to develop an awareness and appreciation of their contributions to American life.
Veterans face as many challenges upon returning home as they do in the field of battle. They also possess myriad skills and leadership qualities that our nation needs, and their experiences offer an opportunity to broaden the dialogue about critical issues here on the home front, and to enrich all of our lives. Explore below to learn more.
After bravely answering the call of duty, too many veterans are lost in the physical, financial and psychological struggles that await them upon return. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and suicide are epidemic, and returning to a "normal" life is a long term process. Some never truly make it home.and graduate credit when you take Traditions Weeks workshops, including classes in traditional visual arts, music, film, lecture, and more! Credit available for up to two weeks of classes, across the three Traditions Weeks.
In 2012, Common Ground on the Hill launched its Veterans Initiative, providing full scholarships for ten veterans to attend the Traditions Weeks summer workshops at McDaniel College in Maryland. The experience was transformative. Both veterans and civilians thrived in an environment of mutual respect and sharing, engaging in an essential and difficult dialogue.
The Common Ground on the Hill Veterans Initiative seeks to provide a safe space for veterans to grow and to share, to process their experiences and teach others, while gaining a new perspective from their peers at the summer workshops. It's difficult to explain the transformative effect of Common Ground on the Hill unless you have experienced it. But the veterans who have participated in the Common Ground Veterans Initiative spoke of nothing less than a life-changing impact.
"I just want to thank you all, for saving my life."
"What I've already experienced here, if we could give that to other veterans, that's a gift to the world."
"I felt very alone with my ideas about the war. I am not alone now I realize. There are others who feel as I feel and I can talk to them."
"I want to mentor two vets next year and help with expanding the process of new Veterans experiencing CGOTH."
"I felt Invisible for so long, I haven't made new friends in years, especially since I came back the last time. I don't go out, I stay to myself a lot. Since CGOTH Vet week I now realize I can talk to people and make non-vet and new vet friends. Needed to come out from behind my wall."
"On the surface, Common Ground on the Hill is a 1-2 week program of immersion into traditional arts and opportunities to listen and discuss current social and environmental issues that challenge us. At its core, it is a mind-altering experience. I am ever so grateful to have had the opportunity to participate in CGOTH for the last 5 years, particularly this year, when I joined a class with a group of veterans led by Josh Hisle in an effort to focus on the lives and specific challenges vets face as they return from combat. The veterans receive scholarships to attend Common Ground, where the traditional arts serve as a voice for them to convey thoughts and emotions that are too often marginalized by society. I am grateful to these heroes for sharing their opinions and experiences, difficult as they may have been to express."
Email firstname.lastname@example.org to request a Veterans Initiative Scholarship Application.
Return your completed application:
Contact Common Ground on the Hill with questions.
Schedule a week or two, or three! Or, just sprinkle some classes in between other commitments.