Y'all ready for some fiddlin?
What's the difference between a violin and a fiddle? Nothing! It's the same instrument, just played a different way.
So you've mastered the basics. Now it's time to let loose and up your violin game with some good old-fashioned fiddle! Our Fiddle Group Class will take you on a musical tour of the northern hemisphere as we explore the traditions of fiddle playing across the United States, Canada, Ireland, Scotland, and Great Britain. You'll be having so much fun, you won't even know you're really learning how to navigate across keys, play chromatic scales, conquer tricky bowing patterns, and maybe even improvise your own solos and riffs!
If you're a late beginner level player or above, come on down and join us for some joy-filled learning alongside a group of fellow adult students just like you. At the end of the semester, you'll get to show off your work in a grand ole' hoedown at our studio concert!
*Do you play cello or viola? We may call it a violin class, but you can join in too!
You should join our Fiddle Group Class if you:
- Have completed our Beginner Group Violin Class or are a late beginner level player who has gotten approval from one of our teachers to join the class.
- Are an intermediate or advanced player interested in building your skills in complex rhythm and improvisation.
- Want to build confidence in your violin playing (and yourself!).
- Are a fan of country music, bluegrass, contra and English country dance, Southern folk, or traditional Irish and Scottish tunes!
- Are a beginner cello or viola player (yes, you're welcome too!).
- Want to meet a group of fellow adult musicians as excited to learn as you are!
How It Works
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What's So Special about Group Classes?
Here's what our students think!
I've been taking violin group classes at the NYC Violin Studio for two years now and I love it. I started as a beginner and now I'm in the intermediate class. Both Antoinette and Marie are amazing teachers. Even now with the covid pandemic, taking online classes I've improved a lot, and also I've enjoyed playing and the concerts. I can't wait to start the summer semester!
"I cannot recommend NYC Violin Studio enough. I have been to other schools in NYC and this is by far the best. Scheduling is incredibly easy. If I needed to miss a class I could make it up on another date. The instruction is fantastic. I think the instructors understand that most of the students aren't planning on becoming concert violinists, so they focus on teaching interesting pieces while providing enough theory and technique to improve without completely overwhelming us. Truly top notch professionals who make the class fun!"
Corporate Training Director
Absolute Beginner Violinist
"Antoinette is not only a wonderful musician, she's a true teacher. She was endlessly patient with me and could always find a different way to explain or describe what I needed to do. She was always encouraging but never fake about praise, so when I got it, I knew I'd actually done something right--and if I didn't, she would simply work with me further on it until I did. I'm a teacher myself, so I recognize what it takes to be a good one--and Antoinette is not just good: she's excellent. I've never met better."
Retired English Professor
Early Intermediate Fiddler
In just 8 weeks you can go from barely remembering how to play to conquering one of the most famous pieces of all time! This semester we are bringing back the Beginner Group Class as a Hybrid class, so you can attend in-person in NYC, or online. (Online students will be required to take the How to Tune online workshop first.)
Video: Successful Hybrid class testing of the Student Orchestra last semester.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Full FAQ here.
I play viola or cello. Can I attend this class?
Do I need a violin to attend this class?
I have absolutely no experience. Is this class right for me?
Do you rent or sell violins?
Do you have a question?
Lay it on us. We'll get back to you in 24-48 hours!