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 rent a violin! Click on the Rental Instruments tab on our Old Town School Music Store page. You can pick up rosin, shoulder rest sponges, practice books, and more in the Old Town School Music Store.

Download our Fiddle Tips pdf.

For parents of fiddlers, we invite you to learn to play the fiddle along with your child. Register for the class, Fiddle for Parent-Caregivers, in order to support your child's musical growth by learning to play the fiddle too!

Square Roots Fiddle Camp: July 7–11th »

Registration 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 July 12th-13th.

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 12-13.

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The Kids' Fiddle Program (12 found)

Little Fiddlers: 2 ½-3 ½ years

2 1/2 to 3 1/2 year olds  ·  Parents and Children Together!

45 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $140 ($130 members)

Friday or Saturday with Maria McCullough or Jess McIntosh

Beginning Fiddlers: 3 ½-4 years

3 1/2 and 4 years  ·  Parents and Children Together!

60 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $176 ($166 members)

Friday or Saturday with Maria McCullough, Geoff Dolce or Jess McIntosh

Kids' Fiddle 1: 5-7 years

5- 7 year olds

60 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $176 ($166 members)

Monday or Saturday with Paul Doughty, Geoff Dolce, Brandi Berry or Jess McIntosh

Kids' Fiddle 1 Repertoire: 5-7 years

5-7 year olds

60 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $176 ($166 members)

Wednesday or Saturday with Paul Doughty, Maria McCullough or Geoff Dolce

Continuing Fiddlers: 3 ½-4 years

3 1/2 and 4 years  ·  Parents and Children Together!

60 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $176 ($166 members)

Friday or Saturday with Paul Doughty, Geoff Dolce, Anna Jacobson or Jess McIntosh

Intermediate Kids' Fiddle: 5-7 years

5-7 year olds

60 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $176 ($166 members)

Wednesday, Thursday or Saturday with Paul Tyler, Paul Doughty, Maria McCullough, Geoff Dolce or Jess McIntosh

Fiddle: 8-12 years

8-12 year olds

60 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $176 ($166 members)

Tuesday with Brandi Berry or Anna Jacobson

Advanced Kids' Fiddle: 5-7 years

5-7 year olds

60 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $176 ($166 members)

Saturday with Maria McCullough or Anna Jacobson

Advanced Fiddle: 8-12 years

8-12 year olds

60 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $176 ($166 members)

Tuesday or Thursday with Maria McCullough, Jonas Friddle or Matt Brown

Advanced Fiddle Note Reading: 8-12 years

8-12 year olds

60 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $176 ($166 members)

Tuesday with Brandi Berry or Anna Jacobson

A chamber ensemble of advanced fiddlers

Square Roots Fiddle Camp

8 and up

360 minutes  ·  Monday through Friday for 1 week  ·  $400 ($400 members)

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday or Friday with Maria McCullough or Matt Brown

Music from the roots

Música de raíz

¡Hola! Little Fiddlers: 2 1/2-3 1/2 years

2 1/2 to 3 1/2 años

45 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $140 ($130 members)

Tuesday with Maria McCullough or Jess McIntosh

A bilingual Spanish version of our Little Fiddler class!

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