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Program Description
A comprehensive short-term fiddle-teaching program for grades K-12, with fiddles provided.

This string-teaching residency program is designed for an entire school to learn the fiddle (violin) and culminates in a school-wide recital. In a very short time, students acquire enough basic skills on the fiddle to be able to perform a three chord 2 step fiddle tune with guitar accompaniment. In addition, students will learn enough technique to produce sound effects to musically illustrate a short folk story narrated by the instructor.

This program is for students K-12, with kindergarten participation in an abbreviated version of the program. A minimum of four 45 minute consecutive sessions per class is recommended, with the fourth session serving as a recital performed for attending parents and students.

Final Product
Students learn how to play the fiddle (violin). In 3 days students acquire enough skills to perform in a recital on the 4th day.

See a sample of Kelly’s program here.

Program Overview – The Art of Fiddling & the Mystique of Louisiana (PDF)
Fiddle Program & Arts Integration (PDF)
Fiddle Program Lesson Plan (PDF)

Learning Outcomes

  • This program incorporates basic state criteria for music education in its curriculum: rhythm, timing, and dynamics.
  • Students learn historical and cultural information about the instrument as well as cultural perspectives through music.
  • Students learning a new skill will experience a sense of achievement and self-esteem.
  • Students will be able to perform a three chord 2 step fiddle tune with guitar accompaniment.
  • Students will be able to produce sound effects to musically illustrate a short folk story.

Suggested Grades

  • Appropriate for all grade levels.

Pricing Breakdown

  • 4 visits at 45 minutes each
  • Prep hours: 1 hour per classroom
  • Materials: $55 fiddle rental fee – flat rate per school (covers costs for maintenance, including strings, violin rosin, and bows)
  • Travel from Oakridge