Patrick McAvinue

Patrick M.

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Beginner, Intermediate
Hi everyone! I am an experienced teacher & performer of 15 years. I love working with all ages and skill levels! Lessons are customized and catered to the needs/goals of each student. Not only will you be learning tunes in no time, but you will be building a strong foundation of technique, music theory, and ear training. I'm stoked to meet you! I'm excited to help you on your musical journey!

Bachelor of Music in Jazz Performance from Towson University 2011
International Bluegrass Music Association's Fiddle Player of the Year 2017
Strathmore Performing Arts Center Artist in Residence 2016-17
International Bluegrass Music Association's Momentum Award Instrumentalist of the Year 2015

Teaching Experience:
Waldorf School of Baltimore
Odyssey School, Baltimore
Mike's Music, Ellicott City
Augusta Heritage Bluegrass Week, Davis & Elkins College
Common Ground on the Hill, McDaniel College
Fiddlestar Academy

About Patrick M.

Patrick M. is available for online lessons worldwide! Patrick has been playing violin and mandolin for over 25 years and has taught music since 2008. The International Bluegrass Music Association named Patrick "Fiddle Player of the Year" for 2017, one of the music industry’s highest honors. He teaches all experience levels from beginner to intermediate and advanced, performs all over the world, and records for major record labels.

Although trained in standard teaching methods, Patrick developed his own method of teaching to positively enhance the student’s strength, dexterity, ear-training, memorization and techniques. His goal as a teacher is specifically designed to help you achieve your goals as an artist and a musician.

Patrick also hosts student showcases/charity benefits like “Christmas from Ireland in Maryland,” where his students are able to get on stage and show off their new talent.

Patrick is an expert transcriber for fiddle and mandolin and masters 5 line staff and tablature, hand-crafted exercises, and deconstructions to better enhance the students learning.

Artists and genres that Patrick has experience with range from Dailey & Vincent, Ricky Skaggs, Del McCoury, Audie Blaylock, John McCutheon, Joe Martin, Gerald Cleaver, Ellery Eskelin, Kenny Baker, Bill Monroe.

Patrick attended Towson University, Baltimore where his degree is in Jazz and Classical performance. He is constantly continuing his education with music theory courses, and performance experience with the best musicians in the world.

There are no limits! Patrick’s students advance quickly and some have released albums, and won awards for their music.
Lessons are scheduled to best fit to the student’s schedule when possible.

Students receive complimentary audio lessons and transcriptions of songs upon their first or second session. Patrick is a very patient instructor and understands that students learn at a different pace, after all everyone is an individual!


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My son had his very first Violin lesson with Patrick and was super excited. Patrick conveyed the information for the lesson very well and my son is even more excited about his future lessons.

Posted Dec 17, 2019
Trica E.
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Posted Nov 4, 2019
Evan T.
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Evan is loving his lessons with Patrick. He has improved so much in such a short time and is having fun!

Posted Oct 28, 2019
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Posted Jul 31, 2019
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Patrick is a great fiddle teacher. He is a world-class musician, but he is able to meet me at my level - a rusty classical violinist. He is very encouraging and positive. He's quite knowledgeable about a very broad range of fiddle music. I highly recommend him.

Posted Jul 10, 2019
Sam H.
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Really enjoyed the class! Thank you!

Posted Jun 19, 2019
Angela H.
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Patrick did a fantastic job working with our 10 year old!

Posted Jun 18, 2019
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Very friendly, enthusiastic and great instruction.

Posted Jan 29, 2019
Trica E.
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Posted Jan 16, 2019
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Patrick was great - he was very good at teaching to my level.

Posted Dec 19, 2018
Karthik R.
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Patrick is a great teacher. He is very patient and adapts teaching techniques based on the need and student's ability. I have been taking in-person lessons with other teachers before this and I can tell that I found his method unique and very effective.

Posted Nov 28, 2018
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I learned some things I’d never been taught before, ways to describe sound and pitch that resonated in a new way. I look forward to practicing!

Posted Nov 21, 2018
Karthik R.
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Posted Oct 10, 2018
Sonya B.
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He has been an amazing teacher!The online lessons are very flexible.I have enjoyed it SO MUCH and learned tons!!!

Posted Sep 21, 2018
Daniel B.
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We weren't sure what to expect, but Patrick was fantastic! We had some technical glitches and had to do the lesson via FaceTime, but he was more than gracious and gave our daughter a lot to work on in the coming week, which is what we were hoping for. We look forward to her continued progression under Patrick's tutelage. Five stars!

Posted Sep 19, 2018
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Dude is the 2017 Bluegrass Fiddle Player of the year and he loves to teach. What more do you need to know1

Posted Mar 29, 2018
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It's so darn fun!!! Patrick breaks down techniques and the necessary abilities of good fiddle playing into bite size bits and creates fun exercises to learn them. To quote Patrick," Practice so darn much!."

Posted Jan 2, 2018
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Patrick is an amazing teacher. He expertly explains the finer details of fiddle playing in traditional styles. Patrick has been great detailing lessons to my needs. Filling in the holes in my fiddle game and teaching me how to teach myself. It's also been really fun learning to be not only a better fiddler, but an overall better musician. Thanks Dude.

Posted Dec 12, 2017

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Jan 2017 - Present

Dailey & Vincent Inc.

Moved to Nashville, TN in January to become the full-time fiddler for the group, Dailey & Vincent

Instrumental Music Teacher
Sep 2015 - Jan 2017

Waldorf School of Baltimore

Violin, Viola and Mandolin Instructor
Jan 2012 - Jan 2017

Mike's Music, Ellicott City, MD


Master of Education
Sep 2016 - Present

Towson University

Bachelor's of Music in Jazz Performance
Sep 2007 - May 2011

Towson University



Fluent / Native Proficiency


Distinguished Young Alumni of the Year
May 2018

Towson University

Fiddle Player of the Year
Oct 2017

International Bluegrass Music Association

Momentum Instrumentalist
Sep 2015

International Bluegrass Music Association


Golden Key International Honor Society
Feb 2011
Golden Key is the world's largest collegiate honor society. Membership into the Society is by invitation only and applies to the top 15% of college and university sophomores, juniors and seniors, as well as top-performing graduate students in all fields of study, based solely on their academic achievements. As an international honor society with more than 400 chapters at colleges and universities around the world, Golden Key is committed to a high standard of scholastic achievement, and an ethos of integrity, innovation, respect, collaboration and diversity
Jan 2006
Broadcast Music Inc. was founded in 1939 by forward-thinkers who wanted to represent songwriters in emerging genres, like jazz, blues and country, and protect the public performances of their music. Operating on a non-profit-making basis, BMI is now the largest music rights organization in the U.S. and is still nurturing new talent and new music.
Jan 2006
SoundExchange helps the music and creative community thrive in the digital age. SoundExchange is the independent nonprofit collective management organization that collects and distributes digital performance royalties to featured artists and copyright holders. We represent recording artists – from unsigned a cappella to acid rock to multi-platinum stars and master rights owners including major and independent record labels. It’s our job to ensure that these artists and copyright holders are compensated when their work is broadcast by non-interactive digital radio.
International Bluegrass Music Association
Jan 2004
IBMA is the trade association that connects and educates bluegrass professionals, empowers the bluegrass community, and encourages worldwide appreciation of bluegrass music of yesterday, today and tomorrow.

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