Fiddle, Violin & Cello Classes

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

Just getting started? Beginning students can learn the basics of bowed string instruments in Introduction to Violin/Fiddle or Introduction to Cello.

Fiddle or Violin?
The simple answer is that the two instruments are really the same, but the style of music and the way it's set up and played is quite different. Introduction to Violin/Fiddle covers basics that are common to both. After that, students can choose which track they want to follow starting with either Fiddle 1 or Violin 1.

The Fiddle track teaches traditional folk genres by ear in a variety of genres including old-time square dance tunes, bluegrass, country, Americana, and regional styles like Irish, Mexican, Nordic, or Cajun. You can listen to examples in our extensive Fiddle Tune Archive.

In the Violin track, students learn genres that are primarily played off of sheet music, such as classical, jazz, film & TV soundtracks. Students learn to read traditional music notation and use classical techniques like vibrato.

Introduction to the Violin/Fiddle

Beginner

Wednesday, Thursday or Sunday with Jordan Wankoff, Brandi Berry or Patrik Ahlberg

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Get comfortable with the violin, even if you've never played a string instrument before!

Fiddle 1

Beginner

Tuesday with Colby Maddox

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Begin with the basics of fiddling and learn to play simple tunes in no time.

Fiddle 1 Repertoire

Beginner

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

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Fiddle 2

Intermediate

Tuesday with Genevieve Koester

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

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

Fiddle 2 Repertoire

Intermediate

Tuesday with Steve Rosen

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

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

Fiddle 3

Intermediate

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday or Sunday with Colby Maddox, Steve Rosen, Jordan Wankoff, Genevieve Koester or Patrik Ahlberg

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

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

Fiddle 3 Old Time

Advanced

Fiddle 3 Old Time is offered every other session during the year, in session 2 (Mar - Apr), session 4 (Jun - Aug), and session 6 (Oct - Dec).

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Fiddle 3 Introduction to Irish

Intermediate

Wednesday with Devin Shepherd

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

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

Fiddle 4 Irish Repertoire

Advanced

Irish Repertoire is offered during Session 2 (starting in March) and Session 6 (starting at the end of October), following the prerequisite class, Fiddle 3 Introduction to Irish, in Sessions 1 and 5.

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Fiddle 4 Irish Forever

Advanced

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

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Four-Stringed Improvisation - Fiddle and Mandolin

Advanced

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

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Rock & Pop Chamber Music

Advanced

This class is offered on alternating sessions with Folk & Classical Chamber Music.

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Violin 1

Beginner

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Violin 2

Beginner

Wednesday with Brandi Berry

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Violin 3

Intermediate

Wednesday with Brandi Berry

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Cajun Jam

WorkshopOpen to All

Sunday with Jordan Wankoff

90 minutes  ·  Once a week for 1 week  ·  $0 ($0 members)

Introduction to Cello

Beginner

Sunday with Al Ehrich

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

An introduction to the rich sounds of cello.

Cello 1

Beginner

Sunday with Al Ehrich

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

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

Cello 2

Intermediate

Sunday with Al Ehrich

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

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

Cello 3

Advanced

Sunday with Al Ehrich

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

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

Easy Cajun and Creole Fiddle Tunes

WorkshopIntermediate

Sunday with Jordan Wankoff

90 minutes  ·  Once a week for 1 week  ·  $25 ($24 members)

In this workshop you will learn two or three easy Cajun and Creole fiddle tunes.

Private Lesson Options

Our private lessons like our group classes run in 8-week sessions, however, you can begin private lessons during any week in the session. Please call our customer service folks at 773.728.6000 to register as private lesson availability is based upon individual teacher schedules.

Lessons are scheduled weekly, for 30, 45 or 60 minutes, and are available every day of the week at our Lincoln Square and Lincoln Park locations. Our experienced and professional faculty will work with you to develop an individualized program that helps you achieve your musical goals.

Stop in at either location or call the front desk at 773.728.6000 to register.


8-week Session Prices

$288 for 30 minutes ($278 for members)

$416 for 45 minutes ($401 for members)

$536 for 60 minutes ($516 for members)


Session & Registration Dates

8-week lessons: 06/24/2019 – 08/18/2019

Monday 05/20/19: Re-registration for current students begins

Monday 06/03/19: Transfer registration

Wednesday 06/05/19: Open registration

8-week lessons: 09/02/2019 – 10/27/2019

Monday 07/15/19: Re-registration for current students begins

Monday 07/29/19: Transfer registration

Wednesday 07/31/19: Open registration

8-week lessons: 10/28/2019 – 12/22/2019

Monday 09/23/19: Re-registration for current students begins

Monday 10/07/19: Transfer registration

Wednesday 10/09/19: Open registration


Teachers

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Patrik Ahlberg »
Fiddle, Violin, Guitar

Lisa Antonio »
Fiddle

Brandi Berry »
Fiddle, Violin

Geoff Dolce »
Violin, Fiddle, Guitar, Ukulele

Al Ehrich »
Bass Guitar, Upright Bass, Cello, Dance & Movement - Qi Gong

Jonas Friddle »
Banjo, Fiddle, Guitar, Mandolin, Ensembles, Band Coaching

Billie Howard »
Piano, Violin, Songwriting

Anna Jacobson »
Fiddle, French Horn, Trumpet, Ensembles

Jess McIntosh »
Fiddle, Violin

Michael O'Toole »
Guitar, Ukulele, Fiddle, Banjo, Mandolin, Theory, Improvisation

Billy Oh »
Fiddle, Violin

Devin Shepherd »
Fiddle

Teresa Shine »
Fiddle