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.

Baroque Fiddle Tunes

Intermediate

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

Long Form Fiddle Tunes (4 week class)

Intermediate

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

Twin Fiddling For All Strings

Intermediate

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

Introduction to the Violin/Fiddle

Beginner

Thursday with 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!

Fiddle 1

Beginner

Thursday with 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.

Fiddle 1 Repertoire

Beginner

Tuesday with Steve Rosen

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.

Fiddle 2

Intermediate

Tuesday or Sunday with Colby Maddox or Jordan Wankoff

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.

Fiddle 2 Repertoire

Intermediate

Monday with Devin Shepherd

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.

Fiddle 3

Intermediate

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

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.

Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas Workshop: Finding Your Inner Drummer

WorkshopIntermediateNew!

Saturday with Staff

150 minutes  ·  Once a week for 1 week  ·  $45 ($40 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.

Violin 1

Beginner

Wednesday with Brandi Berry Benson

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

Violin 2

Beginner

Monday with Brandi Berry Benson

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

Violin 3

Intermediate

Wednesday with Brandi Berry Benson

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

Cajun and Creole Fiddle Tunes

Intermediate

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

Cello 1 Adults - Parking Lot Pop Up

BeginnerNew!

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 6 weeks  ·  $152 ($132 members)

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.

60 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $172 ($162 members)

Cello 2

Beginner

Sunday with Al Ehrich

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!

Cello 3

Intermediate

Sunday with Al Ehrich

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.

Developing YOUR Sound in Old-Time Fiddling: A Workshop with Libby Weitnauer

WorkshopOpen to AllNew!

Saturday with Staff

90 minutes  ·  Once a week for 1 week  ·  $35 ($30 members)

Fiddle Tunes for (Most) Holidays

IntermediateNew!

Tuesday with Brandi Berry Benson

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

How to Fiddle Pain-Free: A Workshop With Brandi Berry Benson

WorkshopOpen to AllNew!

Saturday with Brandi Berry Benson

90 minutes  ·  Once a week for 1 week  ·  $30 ($25 members)

Introduction to Fiddling Scandinavian Dance Tunes

IntermediateNew!

Monday with Patrik Ahlberg

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

Norwegian Fiddle Tunes Workshop with Vidar Skrede

WorkshopIntermediateNew!

Sunday with Staff

90 minutes  ·  Once a week for 1 week  ·  $35 ($30 members)

Playing Together 101: A Double Fiddle Workshop with Patrik Ahlberg and Vidar Skrede

WorkshopIntermediateNew!

Sunday with Patrik Ahlberg

90 minutes  ·  Once a week for 1 week  ·  $35 ($30 members)

Rock and Pop Violin

Intermediate

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

Western European Fiddle Styles

IntermediateNew!

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: 10/26/2020 – 12/20/2020

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

Monday 10/05/20: Transfer registration

Wednesday 10/07/20: Open registration

8-week lessons: 01/04/2021 – 02/28/2021

Monday 11/16/20: Re-registration for current students begins

Monday 11/30/20: Transfer registration

Wednesday 12/02/20: Open registration

8-week lessons: 03/01/2021 – 04/25/2021

Monday 01/25/21: Re-registration for current students begins

Monday 02/08/21: Transfer registration

Wednesday 02/10/21: Open registration

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

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

Monday 05/24/21: Transfer registration

Wednesday 06/02/21: 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

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Patrik Ahlberg »
Violin, Fiddle, Guitar

Lisa Antonio »
Fiddle

Brandi Berry Benson »
Fiddle, Violin, Viola

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, 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