Summer Fiddle


Summer Fiddle 2024 is a great way to meet other musicians and make new friends.  Students, as a group, have fun through learning tunes and developing accompaniments for multiple styles including Scottish, Old Time, Irish and Swedish.  Fiddlers / students roughly middle school on up.

Classes for the 4-week session will be held on Tuesdays for 2024.  Some years may also include Wednesday or Thursday options.  Experienced violinist and fiddler Amy Matherly will teach each session.


10 Irving Street (All Saints Church) | Worcester, MA | 2nd & 3rd Floors*

*If unable to use stairs, please contact kristjon@pakmusic.org.  The School can usually arrange a first floor room for group classes.

Registration and payment must be received in advance of class start date.  Tuition is non-refundable once registration has been submitted.

Fiddle 1 Schedule


Tuesdays  4:30-5:15 pm | 45 Minutes | 4 Week Session

July 16, 23, 30 and August 6

Tuition:  $100

Prerequisite:  Fiddle 1 students should be playing at a level equivalent to late Suzuki Book 1 or Suzuki Book 2.   Not familiar with the Suzuki method books?  please email info@pakmusic.org and we can help assess your level.

Fiddle 2 Schedule


Tuesdays  5:15-6:15 pm | 60-minutes | 4 week session

July 16, 23, 30 and August 6

Tuition:  $125

Prerequisite: Fiddle II students should have some fiddling experience and play at the level of Suzuki Book 3 or higher.  Please email info@pakmusic.org and we can help assess your level

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Go beyond the melody in your playing!  In this class, we learn about harmony and rhythm by creating arrangements of folk, fiddle, and pop tunes.

Classes for the 4-week session will be held on Wednesdays for 2024. 

More information at Musicianship for Violinists.

What's the difference between playing Violin and Fiddling?

The difference between violin and fiddle is a matter of style.  There are multiple styles of fiddling.  Scottish, Irish, Nordic, Mariachi from Mexico, Cape Bretton from Canada are just a few.  In the US alone, styles include Blues Fiddling, Cajun and Zydeco, Native American and Old Time, which encompasses Appalachian and Ozark.  Bluegrass, Country and Western Swing all fall under the heading of “Modern Fiddling.”

Here’s a great Violin vs. Fiddle article from Strings Magazine.