Fiddle & Cello Classes



Grab a bow and join classes for all levels of players from beginners to the more advanced.

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 of fiddle in our core program - beginning with Fiddle 1.

Beginning students can learn the basics of cello in Cello 1.

Advanced fiddle students might like to explore a rotating variety of styles in a Fiddle 4 specialty class and advanced fiddle and cello students can join a band in one of our ensemble classes.

List of All Fiddle and Cello Courses for Adults (20 found)

Remove the Pain from Your Fiddling!

WorkshopOpen to All

90 minutes  ·  Once a week for 1 week  ·  $25 ($25 members)

Sunday with Geoff Dolce

Gain tips and tricks plus lots of individual attention in this workshop dedicated to your future of pain-free, joyous playing!

Fiddle 1

Group ClassBeginner

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

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday or Sunday with Colby Maddox, Steve Rosen, Jim Becker or Jordan Wankoff

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

Group ClassBeginner

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

Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday or Sunday with Colby Maddox, Steve Rosen, Jim Becker or Jordan Wankoff

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

Group ClassIntermediate

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

Tuesday, Thursday or Sunday with Steve Rosen, Jordan Wankoff or Brandi Berry

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

Fiddle 2 Repertoire

Group ClassIntermediate

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

Tuesday, Thursday or Sunday with Paul Tyler, Steve Rosen, Jordan Wankoff or Brandi Berry

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

Fiddle 3

Group ClassIntermediate

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

Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday with Paul Tyler, Colby Maddox or Steve Rosen

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

Fiddle 4 Ever

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.

Fiddle 4 French Canadian

Group ClassAdvanced

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $160 ($150 members)

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

Fiddle 4 Intro to Irish

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.

Fiddle 4 Irish Repertoire

Group ClassAdvanced

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

Monday with Teresa Shine

Fiddle 4 Irish Forever

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 Old Time

Group ClassAdvancedNew!

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

Tuesday with Paul Tyler

Fiddle 4 Twin Fiddling

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.

Introduction to Bluegrass Fiddle

Group ClassAdvancedNew!

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

Monday with Colby Maddox

Chop, Pad and Shuffle For Fiddle & Mandolin

Group ClassIntermediate

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

Tuesday 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

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

Group ClassBeginner

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

Sunday with Al Ehrich

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

Cello 2

Group ClassIntermediate

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

Sunday with Al Ehrich

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

Cello 3

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.

Gypsy Jazz Violin

WorkshopOpen to AllNew!

90 minutes  ·  Once a week for 1 week  ·  $30 ($28 members)

Sunday with Jason Anick

Join visiting performer and teaching artist, violinist, and mandolin player Jason Anick for a workshop you won't forget! Part of the Chicago Gypsy Jazz Festival.

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