Fiddling on the Hill

String Traditions

Age: 9-14 (CITs ages 15-18). Open to any string player, including violin, viola, cello, guitar, mandolin, banjo, ukulele.

Cost: Summer registration fee: $15, Tuition: $540

The String Traditions program is going virtual! Check back soon for a closer look at the new online program, including updates about schedules, tuition, and activities.

July 20-24, 2020

String Traditions is a full-day, one-week strings camp for students ages 9-14 (and CITs ages 15-18). Explore the challenging fun of fiddle and “new string” styles, learn music by ear, improvise and arrange in string bands, and find your own unique voice!

Who should participate?
We welcome all string students (both bowed and strumming) ages 9-14. Participants should have been playing for one year or more, feel ready to learn a few new tunes in the span of a week, and be excited to try something new. Whether you’ve been fiddling for years or just want to see what it’s all about, there’s something for you!

A CIT program is available for musicians 15-18 who wish to assist with the younger classes. CITs will have the opportunity to perform in an advanced ensemble directed by one of our teachers.

Explore traditions and build your skills…
We’ll spend the week steeped in string repertoire from outside the classical world. We’ll work with music from a variety of fiddle traditions – both old and new – and develop skills such as:

  • Learning and collaborating by ear
  • Playing, arranging, harmonizing (and maybe singing!) in a string band
  • Finding and using rhythm and “groove”
  • Understanding chord progressions underlying the melody
  • Creative thinking, improvising, and composing
  • Crafting a sense of individual style and expression
  • Building the foundations for a lifetime of music and musical friendships within the vibrant and thriving Boston-area fiddling community… and beyond!

What will the week be like?
Our renowned instructors will work with young musicians to hone the skills that allow creative freedom, innovative playing, and fun!

Mornings will be spent learning repertoire and styles from Scottish, Irish, and American folk traditions.

After a break for lunch, the afternoon will be spent on elective class choices. Then we’ll get outside and enjoy the summer with supervised free time, too!

At the end of the day, we’ll split up into various string bands and work creatively on the tunes we’ve learned so far.

Summer 2020 Information:

July 20 – 24, 2020
Monday – Friday, 8:45 am – 4:00 pm
Late pick-up option available (check back to register for this option)
Concert on Friday, July 24

Ellery Klein, Artistic Director, creative ability development instructor, fiddle instructor
Tev Stevig, guitar, ukulele, banjo, and mandolin instructor
Ethan Fallis, cello and fiddle instructor
Amy Beshara, fiddle instructor

Financial Aid is available for summer day programs on a limited basis. Click here for the application (due April 15, 2020).

Still have questions?

String Traditions Late Pick-up Option

Schedule: Mon-Fri, 4:00 - 6:00 PM

Dates: Jul 20 - Jul 24