9:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
Boys and girls, rising 4th through rising 12th graders
What to bring: Violin, lunch with drink, snacks
Arrival/dismissal zone: Blue
Prerequisite: At least two years of violin experience or completion of Suzuki Book 1. Students should be comfortable playing scales in first position.
Do you love to play the violin? Do you want to learn how to play fiddle music? It’s easy and fun! Fiddle tunes are simple and you can even learn them by ear – we can show you how. You will learn to play Irish music, Bluegrass, and other fiddle styles. Each day starts with an easy warm-up. We will then listen to different kinds of fiddle music, see how the tunes are put together, and try them out for ourselves. We will read some from sheet music, but many of them we will learn by ear. After lunch, we can get creative and even make up our own tunes. On Friday, July 10 at 3 p.m. we will have a jam session for parents and friends to attend. So join us and have some foot-stompin’ fun!
Also check out our Orchestra Clinics!
Teacher bio: Robert Spates is a concert violinist and fiddle player who has performed and recorded with many famous artists in many genres. When he is playing classical music, he is principal violinist and soloist with Vox Ama Deus in Philadelphia and concertmaster of the Capital City Symphony in Washington. A Scottish fiddle champion, he also taught Irish traditional music under the auspices of Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann. He designs and builds his own high-tech hybrid electric violins but also plays a 300-year-old baroque violin for his ancient music concerts. During the school year, Robert is director of string orchestras at Landon.
Fun facts: Robert is an avid kayaker who once participated in the Olympic Trials. He also appeared in the film Head of State.