Our Fiddle program includes violin and cello classes and lessons, and is rooted in folk repertoire from around the world. In this class, young folks will focus on mastering all of the skills and tunes presented in Old Town School’s Fiddle Book One for Cello. Students will learn to play fiddle tunes by ear once they have experienced the tunes physically, visually, and aurally. We listen to, sing, dance, and play our tunes. All of this work develops the child’s ability to learn by ear. Our approach takes the time to allow children to make their own musical discoveries and meaningful connections. Through experiential learning, they are prepared well to uncover and understand new musical skills and concepts. At all stages, we emphasize posture and playing position to always provide a solid foundation for next levels of learning. Children will build strong foundational techniques for playing cello in future school or community orchestras as well as joining the many opportunities for lessons, classes, and ensembles at Old Town. Embracing a social learning community, the classroom is a collaborative learning environment between teachers, parents, and students.
Parent participation is crucial to the musical development of your child. Parents’ presence is comforting, supportive, and empowering for the child; and your knowledge will help with practice and play during the week. This class is a parent-child experience.
As part of the learning, young folks and their families are encouraged to participate in weekly FREE The Saturday Open Jam on Saturdays at noon at 909 Armitage and other open music making events throughout the year.