Traditions Weeks are three individual weeks of classes, concerts, dances and other activities in the traditional roots-based arts, held on the campus of McDaniel College in Westminster, Maryland.
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.
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.
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.
Academic Credit Coordinator: Dr. Pamela Zappardino firstname.lastname@example.org
NOTE: Procedures for earning Academic Credit are changing for 2021. See complete information in the Availability tab, above.
Academic credit is available for participation in Common Ground on the Hill and requires full participation in the Traditions Weeks Program as well as additional assigned work. Full participation is defined as registering for a total of 5 workshop periods for every 3 Graduate or up to 4 Undergraduate credits desired. Attendance at art talks, evening concerts, keynote addresses and other activities is suggested and may also be required.
Participants may elect to earn academic credits across the three Traditions Weeks summer program. Click the Availability tab, above, for full details.
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 supervise your work, assign additional work in the form of reflections, papers, readings, and/or products to be completed after the Traditions Weeks are over (or before they start.) and assign your grade.
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 four undergrad credits may be earned per 5 periods of class for 5 days, or six to eight credits, for 5 periods of class for 10 days. Evening virtual event attendance is also required. Credits may be earned in English, Art, Music or Interdisciplinary Studies for an additional $175 per credit beyond the Common Ground on the Hill full-time fees ($485 per week). You will be responsible for any additional materials fees if applicable.
Three or six credits are available, designated as EDU 551, Common Ground 21, Equity and the Traditional Arts. As noted above, you may take any combination of classes across the 3 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 $1065 per 3 credits. You will be responsible for any materials fees if applicable (Undergraduate credits are also available for CCPS Employees, designated as EDU 3398, Diversity Education and billed at the same discounted rate as noted above.)
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 tuition and fees for earning three credits will total $1085. Tuition and fees for earning six credits will double to $2170.
Individuals wishing to earn graduate credits (Education, Art, Music, Education) for other degree programs will follow the procedures as outlined above. The cost will be $1085 per 3 credits. Please check with Dr. Zappardino for Course name and number designation. NOTE: Credits are awarded by McDaniel College and are generally transferable to other academic institutions. Participants should check with their Institution for questions about transferability.
Deadline to apply for Academic Credits and complete all registration requirements through Common Ground on the Hill is JUNE 14, 2021
You must submit your outside coursework and any projects to your Instructor of Record by August 7, 2021.
After Friday, June 25th, withdrawal from participation in Common Ground on the Hill for Academic Credit will incur a fee, 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.
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."
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The Veterans Initiative Scholarship Application is available in 2 formats: Word and PDF. Click below to download an application.
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