Teachers at the Old Town School

Maria McCullough

Fiddle, Violin, Fiddle Camp, Education Outreach

Styles - Fiddle for All Ages, Mexican Fiddle, Old Time, Folk, Beginning/Intermediate Classical, and Anything Students Bring In

Techniques- Singing & Playing at the Same Time, Learning by Ear, Note Reading, Bravery, Jamming Skills, Learning to Live a Musical Life

Recipient of the Old Town School of Folk Music's 2014 Distinguished Teaching Artist Award

Maria’s classrooms are filled with warmth, joy, love and lively energy. Maria believes that music is one of the greatest gifts we can share with each other. She loves getting to spend time teaching and playing music with people of all ages all week long. She also enjoys collaborating and co-teaching with her fellow colleagues. Maria is passionate about Mexican music and teaching music in Spanish. One of her favorite projects is co-leading a band with her husband Yahví Pichardo. Their group Corrientes consists of folks of all ages playing traditional Mexican music as well as traditional music from the U.S. and beyond. Maria truly believes that everyone can and deserves to have music in their lives. She enjoys sharing that philosophy through teaching music and playing the fiddle. Maria looks forward to sharing this joy with you.

Bilingual Spanish speaker

Maria McCullough was born in sunny Southern California, and moved to Chicago because that's where her heart told her to go. She loves the people here, and loves the Old Town School of Folk Music. Thanks to Maria’s mom Grace, she’s been playing the fiddle since she was seven and a half.  She originally moved to Chicago to become a founding member of The House Theatre of Chicago, and fortunately also found The Old Town School. Maria thinks that music is one of the greatest gifts we can share with each other. Maria loves getting to spend time teaching and playing music with people of all ages all week long.

Maria’s mentors and musical inspirations include Victor Pichardo, Paul Tyler, Mark Dvorak, Mary Peterson, and Sue Demel. Maria loves to see Yo-Yo Ma anytime she can.  Maria appreciates the Old Town School for bringing artist and teaching artist from all of the world.  Seeing people come together through music is healing.  One of Maria’s favorite books is The Music Lesson by Victor Wooten. Maria says, “I love hugs and Music Makes Me Smile!”

Education: BFA in Acting, University of Southern California, Violin Book 1 Suzuki Trained

Started at the Old Town School in June of 2005

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4544 N. Lincoln Avenue, Chicago IL 60625  •  773.728.6000