***This residency is booked for the 2022-23 school year. Let us know if you’d like to schedule this for the 2023-24 school year.***
You’ll be amazed how quickly students can learn to strum full tunes on the fiddle in this engaging and active music program.
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. Fiddles are provided.
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)
- 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.
- Appropriate for all grade levels.
- 4 visits at 45 minutes each
- Prep hours: 1 hour per classroom
- Materials: $150 fiddle rental fee – flat rate per school (covers costs for maintenance, including strings, violin rosin, and bows)
- Travel from Oakridge
“Dear Kelly Thibodeaux, thank you for teaching me how to play one of the coolest instruments, a violin such as a fiddle. I will keep practicing with my air fiddle and toothbrush.” —Jade, student at Pleasant Hill Elementary School
“I want to say thank you for teaching us how to play a fiddle, and for putting a string on my fiddle. I hope you can get a chance to come back and play for us again. And thank you for teaching my class to become certified, bonafied fiddler players!” —Olivia, student at Pleasant Hill Elementary School