Fiddle (MIN4327.01)

John Kirk

For the experienced (3+years of playing) violinist/violist. Lessons in traditional styles of fiddling – Quebecois, New England, Southern Appalachian, Scandinavian, Cajun, Irish, and Scottish. This course is designed to heighten awareness of the variety of ways the violin is played regionally and socially in North America (and indeed around the world) and to give practical music skills for furthering personal music making. Students will be expected to perform at Music Workshop, or as part of a concert, in ensemble and/or solo.


Learning Outcomes:
• Expanding awareness of traditional music repertoire played on violin/fiddle.
• Learning personal music making skills through daily practice.
• Expanding awareness of traditional folk music and dance forms from an historical and musical viewpoint.
• Learning to teach yourself how to write, play, and practice as a life long art.


Delivery Method: Fully in-person
Prerequisites: Contact: jkirk@bennington.edu to schedule an audition. Auditions will be held May 7-9th. Prepare a fiddle tune in any style to demonstrate beyond beginner technique.
Course Level: 4000-level
Credits: 2
F 1:00PM - 1:50PM (Full-term)
Maximum Enrollment: 10
Course Frequency: Once a year

Categories: 4000 , All courses , Fully In-Person , Instrumental Study , Two Credit
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