Fiddle I: Absolute Beginners (Fall 2020)


$165 general / $135 members

Sep 28, 2020 – Nov 16, 2020



Box office: 888-616-0274
10am-6pm, Monday-Friday


Our fall 2020 term will be held online. 

This class will be conducted via Zoom, a widely used and free application that works well for online learning. Upon registration, you will receive a link and instructions for downloading the program. Laptop, desk computer, or tablet with video and audio ability is required.


James Cleveland, Mondays, 6pm—7pm

8 weekly sessions beginning September 28

A course for learners with no prior experience, covering how to properly hold the fiddle and bow, tune your instrument, and produce a good tone. By term’s end, students will be able to play one or two Irish tunes. 

Instrument required. For information about instrument rentals and purchases, click here.

Student testimonials:

"James is AMAZING. He is an incredible teacher and really made this class what it is... [He was] absolutely accessible to everyone on the room no matter how quickly (or not quickly) they picked up on what we were learning. I would definitely recommend this class to others."   

"James’ contribution to everyone’s musical growth is extraordinary: He plays slow and fast renditions beautifully, and the follow-up includes four or more examples on YouTube after we learn by ear.  He supports the whole extended group year after year with his presence at local jams."


Our Supporters

Irish Arts Center programs are supported, in part, by government, foundation, and corporate partners including Culture Ireland, the agency for the promotion of Irish arts worldwide; public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the Mayor’s Office and the New York City Council; the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature; Howard Gilman Foundation; Jerome L. Greene Foundation; the Charina Endowment Fund; the Ireland Funds; the Shubert Foundation, Inc.; the Irish Institute of New York; the Society of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick, New York; the Charles Lawrence Keith & Clara Miller Foundation; Northern Ireland Bureau; the Department of Foreign Affairs and the Consulate of Ireland in New York; British Council; Morgan Stanley; Tourism Ireland; and thousands of generous donors like you.


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