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, 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

Little Fiddlers: 2½ - 3½ years

Beginner

Saturday with Shaun Whitley

45 minutes  ·  Once a week for 16 weeks  ·  $312 ($292 members)

Beginning Fiddlers

Beginner

Monday with Jess McIntosh

60 minutes  ·  Once a week for 16 weeks  ·  $424 ($404 members)

Continuing Fiddlers

Beginner

The next session will be a 16 week session beginning the week of January 7th. Registration opens for current students on Monday, November 12th and new and returning students on November 19th.
In the meantime, join us at the FREE Saturday OPEN Jam any Saturday at noon at 909 Armitage. It's for all levels and ages and an important way we collaborate in learning. Bring your instrument or borrow one of ours.

60 minutes  ·  Once a week for 16 weeks  ·  $424 ($404 members)

Kids' Fiddle: Book One

Beginner

The next session will be a 16 week session beginning the week of January 7th. Registration opens for current students on Monday, November 12th and new and returning students on November 19th.
In the meantime, join us at the FREE Saturday OPEN Jam any Saturday at noon at 909 Armitage. It's for all levels and ages and an important way we collaborate in learning. Bring your instrument or borrow one of ours.

60 minutes  ·  Once a week for 16 weeks  ·  $424 ($404 members)

Kids' Fiddle: Book Two

Intermediate

Wednesday with Billy Oh

60 minutes  ·  Once a week for 16 weeks  ·  $424 ($384 members)

Kids' Fiddle: Book Three

Advanced

The next session will be a 16 week session beginning the week of January 7th. Registration opens for current students on Monday, November 12th and new and returning students on November 19th.
In the meantime, join us at the FREE Saturday OPEN Jam any Saturday at noon at 909 Armitage. It's for all levels and ages and an important way we collaborate in learning. Bring your instrument or borrow one of ours.

60 minutes  ·  Once a week for 16 weeks  ·  $424 ($404 members)

Advanced Fiddle: Tune Boosters - Kids

Advanced

The next session will be an 8 week session beginning the week of April 29th followed by another 8 week session beginning the week of June 24th. For the spring session, registration opens for current students on Monday, March 18th and new and returning students on March 25th. In the meantime, email Erin Flynn eflynn@oldtownschool.org for placement in a Kids' Fiddle group class and/or private lessons. And, join us at the FREE Saturday OPEN Jam any Saturday at noon at 909 Armitage. It's for all levels and ages and an important way we collaborate in learning. Bring your instrument or borrow one of ours.

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

Fiddle Camp 7-12 years

Advanced

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: 09/03/2018 – 10/28/2018

Monday 07/16/18: Re-registration for current students begins

Monday 07/30/18: Transfer registration

Wednesday 08/01/18: Open registration

8-week lessons: 10/29/2018 – 12/23/2018

Monday 09/24/18: Re-registration for current students begins

Monday 10/08/18: Transfer registration

Wednesday 10/10/18: Open registration

8-week lessons: 01/07/2019 – 03/03/2019

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

Monday 12/03/18: Transfer registration

Wednesday 12/05/18: Open registration


Teachers

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Patrik Ahlberg »
Fiddle, Violin

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 »
Guitar, Ukulele, Fiddle, Banjo, Mandolin, Theory, Improvisation

Billy Oh »
Fiddle, Violin

Devin Shepherd »
Fiddle