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Catherine W.

19 Reviews
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Starting at $70
  • Speaks English, mandarin
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
  • Awarded MSM Scholarship from Manhattan School of Music
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Catherine W.

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I teach any style.

About Catherine

Catherine is a performer, teacher, and arranger. She has performed in world class venues such as Weill Recital Hall in Carnegie Hall, Merkin Hall, Kosciuszko Foundation, as well as the Museum of Natural History, and she has performed with over thirty different chamber ensembles, including the Ameri

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Sophia D.
Great with children very understanding knows a lot of information willing to help you succeed in success! Would recommend to anyone.
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Merlene
I had a great experience because Catherine is an amazing instructor.
She taught lessons with a high degree of professionalism and care. As a novice, I was able to learn a lot because Catherine was patient and attentive to my learning style.
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William D.

9 Reviews
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Starting at $30
  • Teaches students 5 and up
  • Highland Bagpipes from College of Piping in Glasgow, Scotland
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
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William D.

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About William

Autism, blindness

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Jason S.
I have only been working with William for about a month now, and he makes learning bagpipes fun and enjoyable. As an instructor, he makes me feel comfortable and seems to have an amazing amount of patience for helping me progress with my ability to understand the instrument from both a musical and technical perspective. He is very responsive to my inquiries and even though the instruction is online, I feel like he is in my living room. I look forward to continued lessons with him as he helps me get better at learning how to play this instrument.
Steven G.
Fantastic teacher!
Steven G.
Very, very good
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Krisztina K.

19 Reviews
Teaches Online
Starting at $40
  • Speaks English, Hungarian
  • MA in Viola Performance, Violin and Viola Teaching from Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music, Budapest, Hungary
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
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Krisztina K.

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About Krisztina

Hi, there! My name is Krisztina and I can't wait to meet you! I've been teaching private lessons since 2010. I love helping my students to learn how to play the violin, to be able to play their favorite tunes or helping them preparing for auditions for schools and ensembles. I went to the Liszt Aca

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Matthew
Good at explaining things to someone who has zero musical experience.
Eric H.
Krisztina is wonderful! She is patient, has clear focus, and gives me exactly what I need in order to improve.
Mike B.
I had my first lesson with Krisztina today. I was impressed with how much I learned in one hour. Kriszstina is an excellent teacher and I look forward to my next lesson with her.
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Daniel P.

7 Reviews
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Starting at $40
  • Speaks Rock and Roll, English, Classical (Baroque/Classical/Romantic), Celtic (Irish/Scottish), Blues, Bluegrass (The High Lonesome Sound)
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
  • Undergraduate Cello Performance from Longy School of Music
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Daniel P.

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I am a multi-talented string player specializing in jazz, celtic (irish) and traditional fiddle styles.

About Daniel

Daniel teaches and performs classical, jazz, gypsy swing, traditional irish music, old time fiddle, bluegrass and country, blues, and rock and roll. Instruments included but not limited to: cello, violin, guitar, mandolin, ukulele and bass. Daniel graduated in 2007 with a cello performance degre

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Holly
Our first lesson together was so much fun! Daniel is easy to talk to, very knowledgeable, and seems ready to challenge me to grow musically. I’m looking forward to the lessons ahead!
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Dave S.
I've been playing guitar on and off (mostly off) for the past 15 years. I came to Daniel to learn music theory, improve my rhythm, and learn the skills I need to confidently show up to a jam session with other musicians. In just a few lessons, I've significantly improved in each of those areas at Daniel's instruction. He REALLY knows his stuff and quickly hones in on your strengths/weaknesses and has great advice for how to improve on your weaknesses.

If you are looking for a guy that can teach you the basics of how to play an instrument, or someone that can take you from just learning songs online to being able to create your own songs and jam with other musicians, Daniel is your guy.
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Rachel C.

39 Reviews
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Starting at $30
  • Speaks English, German
  • Teaches students 7 and up
  • Awarded Music Teacher of the Year from Toledo City Paper
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Rachel C.

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I have taught music for 10 years and believe students should get to play what they want to play! Students are asked to come up with a list of songs and/or artists they would love to play. Through teaching chords, note reading and theory, the song possibilities are endless! I also can help the aspiring singer/mandolin player to be able to both play and sing simultaneously.

About Rachel

Hello there! I'm Rachel C., a bass player and singer on the stage who also enjoys playing and teaching all stringed instruments. I have a degree from Bowling Green State University (Ohio) in Music Education. I've taught lessons for over 10 years and truly love working with eager students of all age

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Rebecca
My daughter was excited about the bass again after her lesson with Rachel. She is ready to step up her game and Rachel guided her patiently with thoughtful (not judgmental) encouragement. Looking forward to the next lesson 😊
Kristina S.
She very detail and patience wit my first year, 11 year old kid. She knows when to push and when to ease up. My kid is gaining confidence in her playing.
Jeff W.
Enjoyed first lesson. Looking forward to more!
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Jennifer A.

21 Reviews
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Starting at $60
  • Speaks English, Chinese
  • Awarded Instrumental Artist of the Year from Los Angeles Music Awards
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate
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Jennifer A.

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Having been featured in concert by Willie Nelson and with 30+ years of performance experience I will work with you to learn everything you've ever dreamed of on the fiddle!

About Jennifer

Featured in concert by WILLIE NELSON and recipient of the LA Music Awards' 'INSTRUMENTAL ARTIST OF THE YEAR', Jennifer A. graduated from the Baltimore School for the Arts, studied violin performance at Baldwin Wallace Conservatory in Cleveland and performs throughout the world. With over 30 years o

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Maya
Jennifer is amazing! Highly recommended.
Robert
This is just a follow up. She continues to do an absolutely beautiful job of teaching and yet still infusing the lesson with loads of fun! I couldn’t be happier.... She is the perfect example of what a violin instructor should be.
Roxanne R.
Jennifer's home is welcoming and so is she! She prepared a lesson book with my name on it and the lesson area was perfect. I cant wait for my next lesson. Jennifer's energy is warm and pleasant and she is patient but still corrects posture and hand positions to help create good habits from the get go.

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No matter where you live, chances are we can introduce you to an amazing fiddle teacher in your neighborhood. You can take lessons in the privacy of your own home or at your teacher's location.

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Is your dream fiddle teacher on the other side of the country? No problem. Now, you can meet your teacher online on your smartphone or using a webcam on your computer. The world is your classroom!

Average Cost of Fiddle Lessons

The average cost of 60-minute fiddle lessons is $59. While the exact cost will vary depending on the teacher, type of lesson, and location, you should expect to spend between $45 and $75 per hour.
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Lynn is a great teacher. Of many that I have had over the years, she is the best, most knowledgeable, and most fun."
Harold
Took Fiddle lessons from Lynn K.
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"Laura is a top-notch instructor! She is incredibly talented and committed to helping students learn and have fun. Highly recommended!"
Jeremiah
Took Fiddle lessons from Laura S.
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"Erin is very patient and full of great ideas. She has helped me tremendously in only a few short lessons."
Natalie
Took Fiddle lessons from Erin C.
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"Absolutely love Kathleen. She is a wonderful teacher, Patience
and always encouraging. I highly recommend her."
Jennifer
Took Fiddle lessons from Kathleen L.
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"I'm an intermediate player who needed refinement and refresher of my core techniques. I went to Elizabeth because she has a background in both fiddle & classical. After watching me play, she affirmed that which I was doing correctly and then helped me to improve where I was lacking. I would recommend Elizabeth."
Tom
Took Fiddle lessons from Elizabeth B.
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"Very helpful and very straightforward toward of what was presented"
Dave
Took Fiddle lessons from Margaret G.
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"Kelly is a great instructor!!! I first saw her perform with Lost Walks and then Juice of the Barley. Her istruction has been great covering these styles plus a lot of classical technique as well. She has really improved my playing."
Richard
Took Fiddle lessons from Kelly O.
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"Laura is a top-notch instructor! She is incredibly talented and committed to helping students learn and have fun. Highly recommended!"
Jeremiah
Took Fiddle lessons from Laura S.
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"I am so glad that I took lessons from Ashley! I had been playing for about a year and a half when I started my lessons in January of 2018. We had hour-long sessions once a week for about a year, but the time always felt too short! We usually learned about a song a week, sometimes more and sometimes less depending on how quickly I picked it up. Since I could already read sheet music, I mostly learned by ear, and Ashley did a wonderful job with slowing the songs down and helping me repeat them until I could play by memory. Now, I'm really glad I learned through ear training because it's an invaluable skill to have! I also really enjoyed playing harmony with her -- so cool. She always had songs hand-picked for me to learn, or, if there was a song that I really wanted to be able to play, she would help me with that one. Ashley is the best -- such a sweet, patient, and encouraging teacher! She even offered to have me play with her on stage! If you have the chance, take lessons from Ashley!!!"
Amanda
Took Fiddle lessons from Ashley D.
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"Excellent first lesson with Kelvin with my 12 year old son beginner."
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Took Fiddle lessons from Kelvin L.
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When you learn to play fiddle, you're learning violin; they're the same instrument! Many aspiring fiddlers often believe they must choose between the two, but fiddle and violin (classical violin) are actually two different styles of music played on the same instrument. You can think about the difference between the two in the same way you'd think about the differences between classical piano and honky-tonk piano. 

The style of violin playing that's considered playing the fiddle is used when a musician plays non-classical music like country, folk, bluegrass, or French Canadian crooked tunes. On a fiddler's violin, you might find some slight differences compared to a classical violin. For example, many fiddle players switch out their instrument's standard round bridge for a flatter version, which allows the bow to more easily slide across multiple strings at a time. Many fiddles are also strung with 100% steel strings, rather than the synthetic strings found on classical violins.

If you have your instrument and you're ready to start fiddle lessons, it's a good idea to think about what style of music you ultimately want to play. Although you'll learn many of the same concepts and techniques in beginner lessons — whether learning fiddle or classical violin — the similarities stop fairly soon. You'll want to begin perfecting the form and playing techniques appropriate for fiddle music as early as possible. 

Why Learn to Play Fiddle?

Whether you play like Charlie Daniels or Alison Krauss, fiddle music's fun, energetic, twangy, and sweet. Plus, it gets people moving and dancing to a beat. Whether you're playing at a square dance, hoe-down, or by a campfire outside, fiddle music brings people together. Learning the fiddle also makes it simpler to pick up the techniques of classical violin, expanding your range, abilities, and professional opportunities as a musician. 

Apart from creating toe-tapping music, playing the fiddle imparts a variety of mental and physical benefits. You'll improve your memory, listening skills, dexterity, and hand-eye coordination. Practicing fiddle also strengthens posture, as proper technique requires a player to stand up straight. Good posture is healthy for a variety of reasons, including greater lung capacity, better circulation, and reduced pain. 

The Best Way to Learn Fiddle and What You'll Study in Classes

There are lots of ways you can learn fiddle. An online search reveals scads of free fiddle classes online and opportunities to study in group lessons. The best way to learn fiddle, however, is by taking lessons with a private fiddle tutor. You'll benefit from course materials and teaching methods tailored to your abilities and preferred learning style. For example, fiddle lessons for adults differ greatly in terms of content from fiddle classes for children. In private lessons, you'll receive immediate feedback, banish bad habits, and quickly overcome challenges, while studying the style of music you love most. 

Sample Curriculum for Beginner Fiddle Classes

If you have little or no previous experience playing the fiddle or violin, then beginner lessons are for you! In beginner classes, you'll the basics of playing fiddle and build a strong foundation of music knowledge and skill. Your fiddle teacher might choose to cover some of the following topics:

  • Fiddle anatomy and care
  • Proper hold and posture
  • Bowing techniques
  • Basic fingering
  • Introduction to music theory
  • Reading musical notation

Sample Curriculum for Intermediate Fiddle Lessons

Intermediate lessons are designed for students who are familiar with the basics of playing violin or fiddle and are ready to move onto learning specific fiddle techniques. In intermediate lessons, your instrument will start to sound less like a violin and more like a fiddle, as you learn the techniques and styles that are unique to various genres of fiddle music. In intermediate fiddle lessons, your teacher might cover some of the following topics:

  • Fulcrum pulses
  • Figure-eight and circular motion
  • Slides
  • Grace notes
  • Drones
  • Turns

Sample Curriculum for Advanced Fiddle Classes

Advanced lessons are intended for students who know their way around a square dance, so to speak. You'll approach virtuoso-level playing, as you practice and hone your fiddle skills. Topics covered in advanced fiddle lessons depend greatly on the individual student's interests. For example, bluegrass versus Irish genres. Your fiddle tutor, however, might choose to cover some of the following topics:

  • Composition
  • Experimentation and improvisation
  • Techniques for soloing and accompaniment
  • Audition coaching
  • Performance Preparation
  • Music business counseling

How to Find a Private Fiddle Teacher

On TakeLessons, finding a fiddle tutor is easy. A quick search will lead you to a variety of highly rated instructors with loads of experience teaching and working in the music business. Most teachers charge a time-based rate, but the cost of fiddle classes varies between teachers. We recommend browsing several profiles and reading reviews left by other aspiring musicians before choosing the fiddle teacher who's right for you. When you learn to play fiddle with a private fiddle tutor, you'll be surprised how fast you learn to make an audience slap their knees!

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What's the Difference Between the Violin and Fiddle?

Is that a fiddle... or a violin? It's a common question, and one that baffles many beginner musicians. So what's the answer? When it comes to the actual instrument, there actually aren't any differences. What distinguishes a violin from a fiddle is what kind of music you're playing with it. A musician playing folk, bluegrass or country, for example, would most likely refer to their instrument as a fiddle; those who play other genres (jazz, classical, etc.) typically call theirs a violin. …

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