Fiddle & Cello Classes



A wide range of traditional fiddle classes for all levels.

The Old Town School of Folk Music teaches the traditional styles of fiddle through a traditional method - by ear!

Beginning students can learn the basics in our core fiddle program - beginning with Fiddle 1.

Advanced fiddle students might like to explore a rotating variety of styles in a Fiddle 4 Specialty class or join up with a band in one of our ensemble classes.

List of All Fiddle and Cello Courses for Adults (16 found)

Fiddle 1

Adult Group ClassBeginner

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $184 ($174 members)

Thursday, Saturday or Sunday with Steve Rosen, Jim Becker, Jordan Wankoff or Brandi Berry

Begin with the basics of how to hold the bow and the instrument. You'll be playing a simple tune in a very short time.

Fiddle 1 Repertoire

Adult Group ClassBeginner

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $184 ($174 members)

Tuesday or Thursday with Danny Miller or Paul Tyler

This class is the next step between Fiddle 1 and 2. Students get to practice techniques such as rhythm, scale knowledge and other Fiddle 1 skills.

Fiddle 2

Adult Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $184 ($174 members)

Wednesday or Thursday with Danny Miller, Colby Maddox or Steve Rosen

In Fiddle 2, you'll really start feeling the rhythm that defines the fiddle.

Fiddle 2 Repertoire

Adult Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $184 ($174 members)

Tuesday with Steve Rosen

Fiddle 2 Repertoire is the next step to Fiddle 3. Practice correct bowing, scale knowledge, and other Fiddle 2 skills.

Fiddle 3

Adult Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $184 ($174 members)

Tuesday or Sunday with Colby Maddox, Steve Rosen or Jordan Wankoff

Fiddle 3 is a good place to start for intermediate fiddlers or advanced classical violinists.

Fiddle 4 Ever

Adult Group ClassAdvanced

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $184 ($174 members)

Tuesday with Paul Tyler

So many tunes, so little time. Learn how to dig deeper and find the groove on your Fiddle.

Fiddle 4 Intro to Irish

Adult Group ClassAdvanced

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $184 ($174 members)

Monday with Teresa Shine

Learn about different kinds of Irish dance tunes, including polkas and slides, jigs, hornpipes, and reels.

Fiddle 4 Irish Repertoire

Adult Group ClassAdvanced

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $184 ($174 members)

Monday with Matt Brown

Fiddle 4 Irish Forever

Adult Group ClassAdvanced

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $184 ($174 members)

Monday with Teresa Shine

Develop the dance rhythms and technical flourishes that give Irish fiddling some of its subtle characteristics.

Fiddle 4 Twin Fiddling

Adult Group ClassAdvanced

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $184 ($174 members)

Wednesday with Paul Tyler

Bluegrass Fiddle

Adult Group ClassAdvanced

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $184 ($174 members)

If you would like to be contacted when this class runs again, please email Program Manager Darrell Jones with your contact information.

Chop, Pad and Shuffle For Fiddle & Mandolin

Adult Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $184 ($174 members)

Monday with Colby Maddox

This class is for mandolinists or fiddlers who would like to discover the world of rhythm that their instrument offers.

Four-Stringed Improvisation - Fiddle and Mandolin

Adult Group ClassAdvanced

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $184 ($174 members)

Tuesday with Colby Maddox

This class will help you develop different modes such as melodic, pentatonic, lyrical, and blues.

Cello 1

Adult Group ClassBeginner

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $184 ($174 members)

Thursday or Sunday with Al Ehrich

Start with the basics of bow techniques, scales, keys, and note reading.

Cello 2

Adult Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $184 ($174 members)

Thursday or Sunday with Al Ehrich

Build upon the basics of Cello 1 and start playing simple songs in duos and trios.

Cello 3

Adult Group ClassAdvanced

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $184 ($174 members)

Sunday with Al Ehrich

Familiar folk songs will give way to integrating the cello into other musical styles. Play more advanced songs in duos and trios.

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