Fiddle I: Absolute Beginners (Winter 2019)

A course for those with no prior fiddle experience.


$165 general / $135 members 60 minutes

Jan 28 – Mar 18



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Please note this class is NOT at Irish Arts Center.

Shetler Studios
244 West 54th Street
Between 8th Ave. and Broadway
(12th floor)
New York, NY 10019 


James Cleveland, Mondays, 6pm—7pm

8 weekly sessions beginning Monday, January 28th, 2019

A course for those with no prior fiddle experience. We will cover holding the fiddle and bow, tuning and producing a good tone. By the end, students will be able to play one or two Irish fiddle tunes.

This class requires an instrument. 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 partners including the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council; Culture Ireland, the agency for the promotion of Irish arts worldwide; the Department of Foreign Affairs and the Consulate of Ireland in New York; The Ireland Funds, America; Howard Gilman Foundation; Tourism Ireland; Bloomberg Philanthropies; The Nancy Malone Living Trust; The Shubert Foundation; The Society of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick in New York City; The Society of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick in Westchester County; The Knights of St. Patrick; The Jerome L. Greene Foundation; Milwaukee Irish Fest Foundation; and thousands of generous donors like you.

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