Kids' Fiddle Program



This unique program is a violin method taught in the folk tradition!

Old Town School of Folk Music's Kids' Fiddle Program is part of our joyful learning community for preschoolers, big kids, and tweens! Our team of teaching musicians, extraordinary fiddlers and players themselves, created our non-traditional violin method planted in the folk tradition. Young folks learn to play folk songs by ear in a group setting through singing, dancing, and rhythm. As students progress through the program, they also learn music theory skills and note reading. In our team taught classes, teachers give personalized attention within the group experience.

You will need to purchase or rent a violin! Find information on purchasing and renting fiddles here. You can pick up rosin, shoulder rest sponges, practice books, and more at either of our Old Town School Music Store locations.

Midwest Fiddle Championship »

Save the Date for the Annual Midwest Fiddle Championship - Youth Division. Wednesday, July 6th 6:30-8PM in Szold Hall, 4545 N. Lincoln

Midwest Fiddle Championship »   

Fiddle Camp: July 5-9th »

Registration is open now!

Music from the roots! This summer, join a happy, holistic hoedown of fiddlers, and gain a sense of ownership of your fiddle, your music, and your own creative expression. To end the camp, fiddlers perform at the Family Barn Dance and as buskers at our annual Square Roots Festival on July 9th

Música de raíz. Este verano, únete a una feliz, contradanza completa de violinistas, y adquiere un sentido de dominio del violín, tu música, y expresión propia. Para finalizar el campamento, los violinistas tocarán en el Family Barn Dance y como violinistas ambulantes en nuestro festival anual de Square Roots julio 9.

Fiddle Camp 7-15 years »   

Have You Been to the Jam? »

All ages and levels learn from one another-tunes, instruments, and musical styles. An important part of our music curriculum, the work in class prepares you to play at the Jam and the Jam, in turn strengthens musicality and motivates learning! The jam is a place to DO music each week!

Jams »   

Youth String Band: 8-12 years »

For all players of stringed instruments - fiddle, banjo, guitar, mandolin - take your playing to the next level in this band that explores Old Time music and more!

Kids' String Band »   

The Old Town School of Folk Music, Inc.
4544 N. Lincoln Avenue, Chicago IL 60625  •  773.728.6000