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Program Description
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.

Final Product
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.

See a sample of Kelly’s program here.

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

Learning Outcomes

  • 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.

Suggested Grades

  • Best suited for 3rd-8th grades.
  • Can be modified for other grade levels.

Pricing Breakdown

  • Minimum/recommended # of visits + time per visit (est. cost per classroom)
  • Prep hours (est. cost per classroom/hours of instruction)
  • Materials (est. cost per student/project):
  • Travel