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

Monday with Patrik Ahlberg

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($182 members)

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

Fiddle 1

Beginner

Thursday or Sunday with Jordan Wankoff or Patrik Ahlberg

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($182 members)

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

Fiddle 1 Repertoire

Beginner

Tuesday with Colby Maddox

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($182 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

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 ($182 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  ·  $202 ($182 members)

Fiddle 3

Intermediate

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

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($182 members)

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

Fiddle 3 Introduction to Irish

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  ·  $202 ($182 members)

Fiddle 4 Irish Repertoire

Advanced

Wednesday with Devin Shepherd

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($182 members)

Fiddle 4 Irish Forever

Advanced

Monday with Teresa Shine

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($182 members)

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

Violin 1

Beginner

Wednesday with Patrik Ahlberg

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($182 members)

Violin 2

Beginner

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($182 members)

Violin 3

Intermediate

Wednesday with Patrik Ahlberg

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($182 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 ($182 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 ($182 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 ($182 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 ($182 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.

Mountain Style Fiddle Workshop with Bruce Molsky

WorkshopIntermediateNew!

Sunday with Staff

150 minutes  ·  Once a week for 1 week  ·  $50 ($45 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

$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: 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, School Partnerships

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, School Partnerships

Anna Jacobson »
Fiddle, French Horn, Trumpet, Ensembles

Jess McIntosh »
Fiddle, Violin, School Partnerships

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

Billy Oh »
Fiddle, Violin

Kristen Seto »
Violin, Fiddle

Devin Shepherd »
Fiddle

Teresa Shine »
Fiddle