Kids Fiddle & Cello Program

This unique program is a violin method taught in the folk tradition!

Old Town School of Folk Music's Kids Fiddle Program is part of our joyful learning community for preschoolers, big kids, and tweens! Our team of teaching musicians, extraordinary fiddlers and players themselves, created our non-traditional violin method planted in the folk tradition. Young folks learn to play folk songs by ear in a group setting through singing, dancing, and rhythm. As students progress through the program, they also learn music theory skills and note reading. In our team taught classes, teachers give personalized attention within the group experience.

For all classes except Little Fiddlers, please bring your violin to class. You'll need to rent a fractional violin sized for your child, from a private shop in Chicago - Seman Violins, A440 or Paul Wargaski Violins! You can pick up rosin, shoulder rest sponges, practice books, and more at either of our Old Town School Music Store locations.

Tips for growth in the Kids Fiddle Program

Kids Fiddle Book 1

Kids Fiddle Book 2

Kids Fiddle Book 3

Kids Cello Book 1

Little Fiddlers: 2½ - 3½ years


Saturday with Katie Klocke

45 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $160 ($140 members)

Beginning Fiddlers


Friday or Saturday with Billy Oh or Kristen Seto

60 minutes  ·  Once a week for 16 weeks  ·  $432 ($412 members)

Continuing Fiddlers


60 minutes  ·  Once a week for 16 weeks  ·  $432 ($412 members)

Kids Fiddle: Book One


Saturday with Billy Oh, Kristen Seto or Katie Klocke

60 minutes  ·  Once a week for 16 weeks  ·  $432 ($412 members)

Kids Fiddle: Book Two


Wednesday with Billy Oh or Kristen Seto

60 minutes  ·  Once a week for 16 weeks  ·  $432 ($412 members)

Kids Fiddle: Book Three


Wednesday with Billy Oh

60 minutes  ·  Once a week for 16 weeks  ·  $432 ($412 members)

Kids Cello: Book One


Saturday with Alison Chesley

55 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $192 ($172 members)

Fiddle Camp 7-12 years


Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday or Friday with Staff

360 minutes  ·  Monday through Friday for 1 week  ·  $500 ($500 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: 01/06/2020 – 03/01/2020

Monday 11/18/19: Re-registration for current students begins

Monday 12/02/19: Transfer registration

Wednesday 12/04/19: Open registration


Click for teacher profiles and schedules

Patrik Ahlberg »
Fiddle, Violin, Guitar, School Partnerships

Lisa Antonio »

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

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 »

Teresa Shine »