Teachers at the Old Town School

Katie Klocke

Fiddle, Violin, Piano

Hailing from the backroads of Des Moines, Iowa, violinist Katie Klocke enjoys an eclectic career as an orchestra and chamber musician, educator, and translator. She also develops original music for electric violin.

At four years old, Katie heard a fiddler at the state fair, and her lessons in violin began shortly thereafter. Since then, her love of music and travel has provided opportunities to study various musical practices and to concertize in many different contexts and continents. From playing contemporary Bulgarian music in Sofia to learning Quechua songs in Cusco, Peru, Katie has followed her inspiration to learn how diverse traditions resonate in today’s world.

Katie completed her Master’s Degree at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden with the aid of the generous University of Gothenburg Study Scholarship and a grant from the Adlerbert Foundation. She focused her studies on both orchestral playing and improvisation. She also holds a Bachelor’s Degree in music and English literature from the University of Iowa.

Her classical training includes studies with Patti Ruisch, Dr. Scott Conklin, Allen Ohmes, Ralf-Carsten Brömsel, Marja Inkinen-Engström, as well as the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s elite training program, the Civic Orchestra. She has played in masterclasses for James Ehnes, Mi-Kyung Lee, Barbara Doll, Eszter Haffner, and Daniel Avshalomov and has had the opportunity to share the stage with Yo-Yo Ma, Jaap van Zweden, Truls Mørk, Christian Zacharias, Deltron 3030, and many other wonderful performers.

A Suzuki kid herself, Katie pulls much pedagogical inspiration from the Suzuki method which emphasizes an aural approach, stepwise growth, and a focus on nourishment of the student as both musician and human being. She is certified in Suzuki Books 1-4 and also has experience teaching in El Sistema and other group methods.

Katie currently lives in Chicago and performs in various contexts. She can be seen and heard in various regional orchestras, Chicago hip hop collectives, collaborations at the Neo-Futurist Theatre, and in her folk duo, Driftless Famous.

Started at the Old Town School in September of 2019


Private Lessons in the 8-week session beginning 09/02/2019

Sundays 11:30 am – 5:00 pm at 909 W Armitage Ave


Private Lessons in the 8-week session beginning 10/28/2019

Sundays 11:30 am – 5:00 pm at 909 W Armitage Ave


Group Classes for the session beginning 10/28/2019

Kids Fiddle: Book One - 8 - 12 years with Katie Klocke

for kids with birthdays between: 11/02/2006 and 01/02/2012

$212 ($192 members)

11/02/2019 – 12/21/2019 (8 meetings)

Saturdays · 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM · 909 W Armitage Ave

Kids Fiddle: Book One - 5 - 9 years with Katie Klocke

for kids with birthdays between: 11/02/2010 and 12/02/2014
Our Fiddle program 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. 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. Embracing a social learning community, the classroom is a collaborative learning environment between teachers, parents, and students. Your class will be co-taught or kept to a minimum enrollment that maximizes individualized attention. 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. Please return to the classroom ten minutes before the scheduled end time of class. As part of the learning, young folks and their families are encouraged to participate in The Saturday Open Jam and other open music making events throughout the year.

$212 ($192 members)

11/02/2019 – 12/21/2019 (8 meetings)

Saturdays · 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM · 909 W Armitage Ave

Little Fiddlers: 2½ - 3½ years with Katie Klocke

for kids with birthdays between: 05/02/2016 and 05/02/2017

$156 ($136 members)

11/02/2019 – 12/21/2019 (8 meetings)

Saturdays · 11:00 AM – 11:45 AM · 909 W Armitage Ave