Private Lessons

Dan is an experienced and much sought after private fiddle instructor for students of all ages and levels.  His approach combines the traditional Celtic style of  learning fiddle with classical based technique.  Students not only learn tunes by ear but also gain confidence in all aspects of fiddle performance, including pitch, rhythm and ornamentation.

 Group Classes

Tunes and Techniques for Adult Fiddlers

This class is specifically designed for adult students who would like to improve their fundamental skills on the instrument while at the same time learning tunes by ear. Through the use of exercises that target sound production, intonation, rhythm and bow control, the learning process is accelerated for those students who may not have had the benefit of lessons as a child. Adult students will often notice a more confident and consistent sound within a few weeks. The repertoire, including popular Scottish and Irish session tunes, is learned by ear, with attention paid to the process, noticing and implementing skills which make learning by ear easier and quicker regardless of the tune. Fiddlers will learn the traditions of ornamentation and how to incorporate ornamentation into the music. Above all, this class is designed to produce strong players who can sit at a session and feel confident.

Tunes and Techniques Classes are held Mondays from 7-9 pm and Sundays from 10 am-noon.

Kids’ Classes: ages 7 and up

The kids fiddle class combines suzuki string techniques with the tried and true traditional Celtic approach to learning violin. Young fiddlers will learn the fundamental aspects of playing the violin, including rhythm pitch and sound production. Material is drawn from both Celtic and traditional children’s repertoire. With an emphasis on musicianship, ear training and ensemble playing, your child’s music development is sure to soar! While the aim of the class is to produce strong young players who are also good musicians, the primary goal is to have fun playing as a group.

Rates

Group Classes: $220 for ten week session or $25 drop-in

Kids Classes $120 for ten week session or $15 drop-in

Private Lessons: $50/hour, $30/half hour

For more information or to book a lesson or class, please contact Dan MacDonald at 647-444-1548 or email dan@danmacdonald.org