Kids Fiddle 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, you will need to purchase or rent a violin from a private shop in Chicago - Seman Violins, A440 or Paul Wargaski Violins! Find information on purchasing and renting fiddles here. 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

Little Fiddlers: 2½ - 3½ years

Beginner

Monday or Saturday with Lisa Antonio or Shaun Whitley

45 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $156 ($146 members)

Beginning Fiddlers

Beginner

Monday or Saturday with Billy Oh, Elisabeth Johnson or Shaun Whitley

60 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $212 ($202 members)

Continuing Fiddlers

Beginner

Monday or Saturday with Lisa Antonio, Elisabeth Johnson or Shaun Whitley

60 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $212 ($202 members)

Fiddle 1 - Kids

Beginner

Monday, Wednesday or Saturday with Billy Oh, Lisa Antonio or Elisabeth Johnson

60 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $212 ($202 members)

Fiddle 1 Repertoire - Kids

Beginner

Wednesday with Billy Oh or Lisa Antonio

60 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $212 ($202 members)

Advanced Fiddle - Kids

Advanced

Tuesday or Saturday with Billy Oh, Jonas Friddle, Anna Jacobson or Elisabeth Johnson

60 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $212 ($202 members)

Advanced Fiddle: Tune Boosters - Kids

Advanced

Tuesday with Jonas Friddle or Anna Jacobson

60 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $212 ($202 members)

Join an inspiring community of fiddlers mastering fiddle and musicianship!

Fiddle Camp 7-12 years

Advanced

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: 03/05/2018 – 04/29/2018

Monday 01/29/18: Re-registration for current students begins

Monday 02/12/18: Transfer registration

Wednesday 02/14/18: Open registration

8-week lessons: 04/30/2018 – 06/24/2018

Monday 03/26/18: Re-registration for current students begins

Monday 04/09/18: Transfer registration

Wednesday 04/11/18: Open registration

8-week lessons: 06/25/2018 – 08/19/2018

Monday 05/21/18: Re-registration for current students begins

Monday 06/04/18: Transfer registration

Wednesday 06/06/18: Open registration


Teachers

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Lisa Antonio »
Fiddle

Brandi Berry »
Fiddle, Violin

Matt Brown »
Banjo, Fiddle, Guitar

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

Anna Jacobson »
Fiddle, French Horn, Trumpet, Ensembles

Jess McIntosh »
Fiddle, Violin

Mark Mitchell »
Fiddle

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

Billy Oh »
Fiddle, Violin

Devin Shepherd »
Fiddle