I am a mature and experienced performer and teacher in styles ranging from bluegrass and old-time to western swing and jazz. I work well with adult learners, especially those making the transition from classical violin to fiddle (I did this myself). Very patient and organized and pleased to work with beginners and more advanced players. My teaching is tailored to the specific needs of each player to build proficiency and help them meet personal goals. I focus on good tone production and technique, learning tunes and improvisation.
I currently peform with the Beantown Buckaroos (western swing), the Foggy Mt. Consort (renaissance/bluegrass fusion), and Deborah Siverstein (singer-songwriter).
I love helping my students improve their playing and achieve their musical goals. I enjoy getting to know my students and giving each one individual exercises and tunes that address their specific needs. And we have fun in the process!
Best fiddle teacher ever! Art has been extremely patient with me as an adult beginner (I started at 31). I’ve noticed that over time he has adapted his teaching to my learning style and always comes up with an explanation that I can understand. He has given me a lot of flexibility in progressing through songs and type of music, which keeps things fun and interesting. Fun person and easy to get along with. Very responsive by phone/email/text. I can’t recommend him enough!
The first step is to meet and assess the student's current ability and goals. We set up a schedule of lessons at regular intervals (weekly, biweekly, monthly) that works for the student and then we begin. Lessons involve exercises to learn technique and tunes to build repertoire and put techique to work.
I took weekly classical violin lessons as a youth and minored in music in college. I've studied jazz violin privately and at music camps, and I've taught workshops at various festivals, events and music camps (e.g. Fiddle Hell). I've played in a many groups in a wide range of styles (bluegrass, swing, cajun, country, classical).
My standard rate is $60 for a 1-hour lesson or $50 for 45 minutes. Most students take 1-hour lessons.