I teach students how to play fiddle (violin). In 3 days students acquire enough skills to perform in a recital on the 4th day a three chord two step and learn enough sound effects to illustrate a short folk story.

Arts and Academic Standards

  • Help students create, present or perform a work of art that demonstrates an idea, mood or feeling using essential elements or organizational principles.
  • Teach students ways in which the arts serve a variety of personal, professional, practical, economic, community and cultural needs.
  • Help students compare and contrast past and present situations, people and events in neighborhoods and communities.
  • Help students develop and strengthen their writing skills by planning, revising, editing, rewriting or trying a new approach.
  • Help students measure and estimate lengths in standard units.

See a sample of Kelly’s program here.

As a teaching artist, Kelly has over 15 years of experience conducting fiddle workshops, after school programs, and artist in residence programs and specializes in teaching large groups (25 to 30+ students, K-12) in short order how to play one of the world’s oldest and most powerful instruments, the violin.

Fiddle Program & Arts Integration (PDF)
Fiddle Program Lesson Plan (PDF)

Residency Program
This is primarily a musical instrument (fiddle) instruction program that incorporates basic state criteria for music education in its curriculum: rhythm, timing, and dynamics. However, it goes much further by including historical and cultural information on the instrument itself as well as the cultural perspectives of the music. Louisiana culture, with its rich and colorful heritage, provides the material and anecdotes utilized in explaining and understanding the music presented in the program. In addition, students participating in this activity experience increased achievement and improved self esteem. This program also encourages greater parent participation along with a corresponding enhanced sense of community, as there is great pride to be derived from musical abilities.

Performance Assembly
A 40-minute musical and story-telling presentation of Louisiana culture with Kelly Thibodeaux on the fiddle and accompanied by a guitarist. Kelly plays original and traditional fiddle tunes and sings original songs to illustrate the various cultural highlights of life down in southern Louisiana …. songs about alligators, swamps, fishing, and eating crawfish (“mudbugs” ). Also included in the show is a brief demonstration of the violin and the many magical sounds that it can produce, such as the imitation of the sound of hurricane winds. (Kelly was in New Orleans when Katrina hit in 2005.) Recent Performance Assemblies include Coburg, Creslane.