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

Thursday or Sunday with Jordan Wankoff or Brandi Berry Benson

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 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 Friday with Steve Rosen or Patrik Ahlberg

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 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

Thursday with Patrik Ahlberg

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 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: Online

Fiddle 2

Intermediate

Tuesday with Colby Maddox

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

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

Location: Online

Fiddle 2 Repertoire

Intermediate

Thursday with Patrik Ahlberg

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

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

Location: Online

Fiddle 3

Intermediate

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

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

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

Location: Lincoln Square - Lincoln Ave Campus or Online

Fiddle 3 Introduction to Irish Fiddle

Intermediate

Introduction to Irish is offered during Session 1 (starting in January) and Session 5 (starting in late August/early September). Students are encouraged to continue with Irish Repertoire in Sessions 2 and 6.

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

Fiddle 4 Irish Forever

Advanced

Monday with Devin Shepherd

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

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

Location: Online

Violin 1

Beginner

Monday with Brandi Berry Benson

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

Location: Online

Violin 2

Beginner

Wednesday with Brandi Berry Benson

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

Location: Online

Violin 3

Intermediate

Wednesday with Brandi Berry Benson

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

Location: Online

Chamber Music of Upper Strings

IntermediateNew!

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 4 weeks  ·  $99 ($89 members)

Cello 1

Beginner

Sunday with Alison Chesley

60 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $172 ($152 members)

An introduction to the rich sounds of cello.
In-person classes available!

Location: Lincoln Square - Lincoln Ave Campus

Cello 2

Beginner

Wednesday or Sunday with Al Ehrich or Alison Chesley

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

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

Location: Online or Lincoln Square - Lincoln Ave Campus

Cello 3

Intermediate

Wednesday or Sunday with Al Ehrich or Alison Chesley

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

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

Location: Online or Lincoln Square - Lincoln Ave Campus

Introduction to Fiddling Scandinavian Dance Tunes

Intermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 4 weeks  ·  $99 ($89 members)

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

$296 for 30 minutes ($286 for members)

$424 for 45 minutes ($409 for members)

$544 for 60 minutes ($524 for members)


Session & Registration Dates

8-week lessons: 04/26/2021 – 06/20/2021

Monday 03/22/21: Re-registration for current students begins

Sunday 04/04/21: Transfer registration

Wednesday 04/07/21: Open registration

8-week lessons: 06/21/2021 – 08/15/2021

Monday 05/17/21: Re-registration for current students begins

Monday 05/31/21: Transfer registration

Wednesday 06/02/21: Open registration

8-week lessons: 08/30/2021 – 10/24/2021

Monday 07/12/21: Re-registration for current students begins

Monday 07/26/21: Transfer registration

Wednesday 07/28/21: Open registration

8-week lessons: 10/25/2021 – 12/19/2021

Monday 09/20/21: Re-registration for current students begins

Monday 10/04/21: Transfer registration

Wednesday 10/06/21: Open registration


Teachers

Click for teacher profiles and schedules

Patrik Ahlberg »
Violin, Fiddle, Guitar

Lisa Antonio »
Fiddle

Brandi Berry Benson »
Fiddle, Violin, Viola

Geoff Dolce »

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

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

Anna Jacobson »
Fiddle, French Horn, Trumpet, Ensembles

Katie Klocke »
Fiddle, Violin, Piano

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

Billy Oh »
Fiddle, Violin

Devin Shepherd »
Fiddle