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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

Tuesday or Thursday with Colby Maddox or Rick Veras

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $248 ($228 members)

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

Location: Lincoln Square - Lincoln Ave Campus or Online

Fiddle 1

Beginner

Tuesday or Sunday with Steve Rosen or Jordan Wankoff

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $248 ($228 members)

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

Location: Lincoln Square - Lincoln Ave Campus or Online

Fiddle 1 Repertoire

Beginner

Tuesday with Patrik Ahlberg

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $248 ($228 members)

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.

Location: Lincoln Square - Lincoln Ave Campus

Fiddle 2

Intermediate

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  ·  $248 ($228 members)

Fiddle 2 Repertoire

Intermediate

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  ·  $248 ($228 members)

Fiddle 3

Intermediate

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

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $248 ($228 members)

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

Location: Online or Lincoln Square - Lincoln Ave Campus

Fiddle 3 Introduction to Irish Fiddle

Intermediate

Monday with Devin Shepherd

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $248 ($228 members)

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

Location: Online

Fiddle 4 Irish Forever

Advanced

Monday with Devin Shepherd

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $248 ($228 members)

Develop the dance rhythms and technical flourishes that give Irish fiddling some of its subtle characteristics.

Location: Online

Cello 1

Beginner

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

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $248 ($228 members)

Cello 2

Beginner

Tuesday with Jacob Rothermel

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $248 ($228 members)

Continue with the basics of bow techniques, scales, keys, and note reading.
In-person classes available!

Location: Lincoln Park - Armitage Ave

Cello 3

Intermediate

Wednesday with Alison Chesley

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $248 ($228 members)

Build upon the basics of Cello 1 & 2 and start playing simple songs in duos and trios.

Location: Lincoln Square - Lincoln Ave Campus

Fiddle Technique Tune Up Workshop with Brandi Berry Benson

WorkshopOpen to AllNew!

Saturday with Brandi Berry Benson

90 minutes  ·  Once a week for 1 week  ·  $25 ($20 members)

Location: Lincoln Square - Lincoln Ave Campus

Fiddle Tunes for All the Holidays

Intermediate

Monday with Brandi Berry Benson

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $248 ($228 members)

Location: Online

Violin Band! with Brandi Berry Benson

WorkshopIntermediateNew!

Saturday with Brandi Berry Benson

90 minutes  ·  Once a week for 1 week  ·  $25 ($20 members)

Location: Lincoln Square - Lincoln Ave Campus

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

$336 for 30 minutes ($326 for members)

$480 for 45 minutes ($465 for members)

$616 for 60 minutes ($596 for members)


Session & Registration Dates

8-week lessons: 08/29/2022 – 10/23/2022

Monday 07/11/22: Re-registration for current students begins

Monday 07/25/22: Transfer registration

Wednesday 07/27/22: Open registration

8-week lessons: 10/24/2022 – 12/18/2022

Monday 09/19/22: Re-registration for current students begins

Monday 10/03/22: Transfer registration

Wednesday 10/05/22: Open registration

8-week lessons: 01/02/2023 – 02/26/2023

Monday 11/14/22: Re-registration for current students begins

Monday 11/28/22: Transfer registration

Wednesday 11/30/22: Open registration


Teachers

Click for teacher profiles and schedules

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Patrik Ahlberg »
Violin, Fiddle, Guitar

Brandi Berry Benson »
Fiddle, Violin, Viola

Sean Colledge »
Fiddle, Guitar, Irish Tenor Banjo, Irish Mandolin, Irish Concertina, Cajun Accordion, Clawhammer Banjo

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

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

Steven Hemmy »
Piano, Violin, Fiddle

Anna Jacobson »
Fiddle, French Horn, Trumpet, Ensembles

Katie Klocke »
Fiddle, Violin, Piano

Shannon Mustard »
Fiddle, Violin

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

Billy Oh »
Fiddle, Violin

Jacob Rothermel »
Cello

Devin Shepherd »
Fiddle