A Beginner’s Introduction to Fiddle, an 8-week course designed for adult students starting from scratch, will begin February 8, at Eastport Arts Center. Instructor Alice Schuth boasts a rich background in music education, community building, and performance. The session includes the loan of a quality fiddle for the course duration, plus sheet music, practice videos, etc.
In addition to exploring the instrument and building skills to play fiddle tunes, students will dance, sing, draw, pluck, thwap, and stomp through the sessions; learn bow and left-hand skills from air fiddle and singing; and delve into notation, melody, and harmony through understanding patterns, shapes, and relationships on the fiddle to create and learn tunes. Students will build confidence as rhythm and melody are explored through traditional tunes and creative games. Participants will conclude the course by performing with their new fiddle skills, having gained the confidence to play and create in community, while appreciating the joy of making music with fellow beginners.
A fiddle player trained as a classical violinist, Schuth founded the youth orchestra Eastport Strings and created an inclusive early strings program called the Paper Orchestra Project. Her influence has attracted professional musicians to Eastport, resulting in concerts and workshops that have enriched the local community. Alice’s recent project, Moose Island Contra Etc. (MICE), showcases her versatility as a musician, with the band hosting a lively ‘Last Saturday Contra Dance’ at the Eastport Arts Center as a regular quarterly event.
Course fee is $200, and space is very limited. Please register or send queries by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Eastport Arts Center is at 36 Washington Street, Eastport, and at www.eastportartscenter.org, and is handicapped-accessible. EAC abides by the State of Maine CDC COVID guidelines, revisiting our policy monthly. At this time, the use of masks in our building is optional.