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Kathleen L.

45 Reviews
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  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
  • PhD Ethnomusicology from Indiana University
  • Teaches students 4 to 75
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Kathleen L.

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I teach Irish, Scottish, Bluegrass and Cape Breton fiddle. I am a Scottish Fiddle Champion and have performed at the Celtic Colours International Music Festival, as well as playing Bluegrass fiddle at the Bean Blossom Bluegrass Festival.

About Kathleen

With a PhD in Ethnomusicology and a Masters in Violin Performance, Kathleen teaches everything from Celtic fiddle tunes to classical concertos. Kathleen has performed with the Miami Symphony Orchestra, Indiana's Richmond Symphony Orchestra, the Reno Philharmonic Orchestra, the Reno Chamber Orchestr

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Laurie Z.
we had so much fun playing together
Laurie Z.
always new and exciting! always more to learn.
Mary Ann S.
Kathleen is so very encouraging and helpful no matter what problem I'm having. Love my lessons!!!!!
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Erin C.

52 Reviews
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  • BA in Music from University of North Carolina at Charlotte
  • Teaching since 2014
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
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Erin C.

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Orange Blossom, Mississippi Sawyer and Devil's Dream are a few of the basic fiddle songs I like to teach. The key to Fiddling is being able to play in tune and fast with a few basic rhythm patterns. I teach theory, scales, rhythm, pattern recognition, how to work with a metronome from slow to fast, proper bow grip and placement as well as proper posture for the violin.

About Erin

My name is Erin. I am a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. I have a Bachelor of Arts in Music, with a concentration in Violin. I began studying violin at the age of six. I have performed with small chamber ensembles, orchestras, quartets, and trios. I enjoy playing for churc

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Tyler
I highly recommend Erin for your violin lessons. I’m an adult learner and she has been more than patient, extremely helpful, and has given excellent instruction to help me grow my abilities with my violin.
Sheena
My daughter and I had our first lesson with Erin together. We both had a lot of fun and learned alot in the first lesson.
James
Erin went above and beyond to get me my first ever violin/fiddle lesson on my birthday as part of a surprise from my family. As someone who plays other instruments but has never touched anything with a bow, I was very thankful to have Erin to introduce me to the instrument with patience but also thoroughness and clear expertise. Very much looking forward to continuing lessons with Erin as I begin to learn this instrument.
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Cindy H.

12 Reviews
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  • Speaks French
  • Teaching since 1998
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
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Cindy H.

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I work with students exclusively by ear, concentrating on development of rhythm and the syncopation of melody against rhythm.

About Cindy

Cindy has been making music for as long as she can remember. She was the assistant director of a synagogue children's choir by age 14 and has directed and sung with many community choirs and pickup groups since then. But it wasn't until 1996 that she discovered the autoharp and began teaching and

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Eugenie
Cindy is an amazing fiddle teacher. I came to her for help in learning old-time fiddle technique. I wanted something more than just learning the tune. Cindy is helping me improve my bowing style, be a better listener, and achieve a sound I always dreamed of but didn't know how to do.

When it comes to teachers, Cindy is the best of the best. She'll lay out exercises to build your skill step by step. If you love old-time music and want to excel at playing the fiddle, Cindy's your gal.
Marybeth M.
Cindy is teaching me how to play Old Time fiddle tunes and technique in the cross tune of GDGD. I find her to be an instructor that is both process-oriented (providing information about the music background"what,when,who,why") and product-oriented (how to play/technique). She always begins lessons with a review from the past lesson and the homework provided that she records and sends to me. Her demonstrations are very clear and are at a rate and pace comfortable to me. She provides clear verbal cues throughout the lessons. Cindy is very strong in task analysis, breaking down each tune part, beginning with bowing. Her feedback throughout lessons is both positive-specific and corrective-specific. Every lesson is highly enjoyable and filled with encouragement. I am a retired college professor in teacher education, and I know about the constructs of what makes a high quality teacher - Cindy, demonstrates this to me. I feel fortunate to have Cindy as my fiddle instructor.
Emily
I feel really lucky to have connected with Cindy on takelessons.com during the pandemic. I actually cannot think of another time a teacher has taught me so much so skillfully - and it's all happening over the internet! Cindy has a fabulous sense of humor, she is honest and good at her profession. She's more than a fiddle teacher, she shares a music tradition with wisdom and care.
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Concetta A.

37 Reviews
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  • Speaks Spanish, Spanish
  • Awarded Composer in Residence from TAKT Artist Residency and Gallery
  • Teaches students 5 and up
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Concetta A.

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Folk tunes from around the world, Irish/Scottish etc. How to join jam sessions with bands and improvise your own new melodies.

About Concetta

Concetta is a NYC based violinist, strings specialist and composer. She writes original art songs inspired by natural science, folk tales, poetry and everyday objects and sounds. She released her first solo album entitled Falling in Time in February 2015 on Waterbug Records. She was a visiting comp

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Bryan P.
Concetta is a wonderful instructor - prior to my lesson I was feeling nervous - not sure what to expect, not feeling worthy, etc. - she quickly put me at ease and we had a very productive 1st lesson - well worth the investment of my time and money
Joseph
I haven’t ever enjoyed a music lesson as much as I do with Concetta.
Concetta is warm, charismatic, and truly loves what she does which inspires me to keep going.
It’s the hour that I look forward to the most each week!
Jim
My first lesson with Concetta was great. I received a lot of good feedback and things to work on for this first week. Really looking forward to lesson 2 next week!
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Stephanie Q.

25 Reviews
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Starting at $80
  • BA from Eastman School of Music
  • Teaching since 1980
  • Awarded Merit Scholarship winner from Eastman School of Music
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Stephanie Q.

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Been fiddling Irish and Celtic for 2 decades now. Know tons of tunes, and can also help my students translate the notation into correct style in performance! Your tuition includes participation in my monthlyu master class Saturday mornings. If you are online, you may Skype in and perform or observe.

About Stephanie

I am a career musician, and conservatory trained violin, piano and vocal instructor with over 40 years teaching experience, and a resume spanning many pages. I also am a well endorsed composer and public speaker. Furthermore, I LOVE teaching! I am a competition judge, member of National Music T

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Denise F.
My first lesson was a real happy one, I was nervous and stressed about starting. Ms. Stephanie was very pleasant, explained things so I could comprehend it., she was strong in confidence yet happy in mild in teaching style. I’m very hopeful I will learn a lot from this brilliant teacher.
Shannon
I am an adult beginner violinist. When I first met Stephanie, I had barely touched a violin, but I was determined to learn how to play it. With her help and patience, I am progressing through the Suzuki method as well as doing ear training and music theory. Stephanie is an excellent musician as well as instructor! Her method of teaching keeps the students engaged, encouraged and excited about learning music from all sides of it.
Naomi G.
I strongly recommend Ms. Quinn. She is amazing. I love a teacher who is passionate about what she does and Ms. Quinn has motivated me to love the violin and work harder to improve. She is slightly strict but very patience and kind, always pushing you to work hard and do your best. I learned to play violin a few years ago as a beginner and stopped playing for a few years. I was nervous to begin online violin lessons considering that I learn better face to face. However, Ms. Quinn has done an amazing job at teaching me, I have been taking lessons with her for a year now and have learned so much I didn’t know before which has also grown my love for violin.
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Julie C.

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  • Teaching since 1986
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate
  • Bachelors in Education from Bowling Green State University (Ohio)
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Julie C.

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As a teacher, I am extremely upbeat and encouraging! I meet students where they are and seek to make lessons enjoyable as well as challenging. I am absolutely passionate about bluegrass and old-time music! I began playing viola in 1972 at age 9, switched to fiddle (violin) in 2003, and have been performing in bands as a bluegrass fiddler ever since! Teaching is in my blood, as I was a full-time high school English teacher for 32 years prior to my recent retirement. I've been teaching fiddle students for the past five years, and have helped many beginning and intermediate students learn how to play songs and continue building their skills. I work primarily with training by ear, but can also help students learn to read music. If you're ready to "pull out the fiddle and rosin up the bow," then give me a call!

About Julie

I've been performing as a fiddler in bluegrass bands since 2003, and have absolutely loved my own journey as a musician! A lifelong musician, I started on viola at age 9 and played in school orchestra through high school and on into college, even as I earned my degree in secondary English Education

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Duncan
Julie is absolutely wonderful! She’s extremely patient and very talented. I was only able to take fiddling lessons for a relatively short amount of time (less than a year) but I feel that I walked away with an excellent start. Can not recommend enough!
Jennifer
Julie is an amazing fiddle teacher! It is intimidating to take lessons as an adult and she made me feel very comfortable from day one. She is fun and has a laid-back, warm personality. I highly recommend her to anyone wanting to learn fiddle!
Ally
Julie is an amazing teacher! She tells you what you need to improve in a gentle way and is always enthusiastic about any progress you make, no matter how small.

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Average Cost of Fiddle Lessons

The average cost of 60-minute fiddle lessons is $66. While the exact cost will vary depending on the teacher, type of lesson, and location, you should expect to spend between $35 and $100 per hour.
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"Nisha is a caring and intelligent teacher. She knows how to help different learning styles and makes learning to fiddle so fun. She cares about each of her students and provides the highest quality lesson."
Sarah
Took Fiddle lessons from Nisha H.
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"A fun and informative lesson. Looking forward to the next one."
Gene
Took Fiddle lessons from Elias S.
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"Really fun, met me where I was at. A really great experience, looking forward to our next lesson"
Shachar Rose
Took Fiddle lessons from Alani S.
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"Nisha has been the absolute best teacher we have found! She has taught 5 of our kids fiddle and they all love it!"
Hannah
Took Fiddle lessons from Nisha H.
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"Juliana has been providing lessons for so long that she has an answer for all of my questions, and has the patience of a saint. I didn’t start playing the fiddle until later on in my fifties so it’s very reassuring to have her as my go to for any problems."
Pat
Took Fiddle lessons from Julianna Z.
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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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"I took took violin lessons from Margaret for a few months. She is very good at explaining concepts and teaching technique. She helped me correct my technique from what I was taught by another teacher I was with briefly and that helped immensely. I highly recommend taking lessons with Margaret!"
Patrick
Took Fiddle lessons from Margaret G.
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""Mom, I don't want to study violin anymore" my young son said.-Oh no!- I was SO sad but I couldn't force him to play an instrument. And then, Hallelujah! we found Gordon. My boy began to take fiddle lessons with this amazing musician. And thus his very own love for the fiddle was born! He still plays. He is now 28. I can't thank you enough Gordon, for your life long musical influence on my son."
Laura
Took Fiddle lessons from Gordon M.
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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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"It was a really good first class! I can't wait for#2 🙂"
Lisa
Took Fiddle lessons from Julianna Z.
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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

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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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