I teach fiddle lessons at Magnolia Music Studio in Fort Collins, and online via video lessons on [my] Talent Forge. I also teach fiddling, and music workshops around the United States. I have been teaching fiddle lessons for more than 20 years, and I am still learning new things all of the time.
Stylistically, I am pragmatic. I grew up learning the fiddle by ear, and I recognize that there is value in learning to read music. I have studied many styles of fiddling, including old-time, Texas-style, bluegrass, celtic, rock, and other folk styles. I also studied and have played violin and viola in my string quartet, and university and community symphony orchestras.
I do not teach any style of fiddling exclusively. Instead, it is my goal to help my students grow as a musician and learn tunes that they will love to play.
I teach from a fiddling vantage point. I work with my students to have good technique, because this is important for them to maintain the health of their body and to become a better musician.
While I am classically trained, I do not teach “violin lessons”. There are lots of good violin teachers, who are available who teach classical violin exclusively. I prefer to specialize in an approach to the instrument that resonates for me, which is fiddling.
I believe that everything that you learn while studying fiddling can be transferred to other areas of your life. When I teach fiddling, I work to convey life lessons and universal truths that will help my students have a deeper connection and more fulfilling life. Music is life.
I teach fiddle lessons, because I am inspired when I see a student have a breakthrough. There are few things as exciting for me as that moment when a new concept clicks. From that point on, the student has transformed. They have gained knowledge experientially, and that knowledge is there to stay.
Here are some recent lesson videos that I prepared for a collaborative Suzuki violin and fiddle camp.
If you are interested in Fiddle Lessons:
- Contact me if you are in Northern Colorado and want Fiddle Lessons in person.
- Go to [my] Talent Forge for Skype Lessons, or Video Fiddle Lessons
- Contact me if you are interested in fiddling workshops at your festival, contest, or event.