Youth Programs

Our programs are much more than learning to play fiddle. As well as honing in on their playing skills and techniques, kids and teens will learn about leadership, group dynamics, working in a team, and being on stage.

*Please note the times below as they have changed slightly from last season.


Performance Group (Fiddle Cats)

Known as the Fiddle Cats, these experienced youth focus on arrangements, finer techniques and performance skills, and put their training to the test with community performances throughout the year.  This is a full-year program for youths aged 12 and up.  Knowledge of the group's repertoire is required; contact AFS for more information.

*Fiddle Cats start October 11, 2019 - December 13, 2019 ; start again January 17, 2020 - May 1, 2020 (no fiddle March 20 and 27, 2020)

Fall 2019 / Winter 2020  (22 classes + performances) // Fiddle Cats Program Fee: $500                                              Fridays, 5:00 - 6:00 p.m.


Beginner Group (Cubs)

Beginner fiddlers improve and expand the beginners’ repertoire, and learn some fun tricks for technique and group arrangements.  This is a one-season program for youths aged 7 and up.

*Beginner Group (Cubs) start October 11, 2019 - December 13, 2019 ; start again January 17, 2020 - March 13, 2020 (no fiddle March 20 and 27, 2020)

Fall 2019 / Winter 2020  (8 classes) // Beginner Group (Cubs) Program Fee: $120
Fridays 4:00 - 4:45 p.m.


First-Time Group

First-time fiddlers learn the important basics of fiddling, and get an early (and fun) start in playing with others. This program is for youths aged 6 and up.  First-time fiddlers are asked to attend the first workshop in October to help get them started.

*First-Time Group start October 11, 2019 - December 13, 2019 ; start again January 17, 2020 - March 13, 2020 (no fiddle March 20 and 27, 2020)

Fall 2019 / Winter 2020  (8 classes) // First-Time Group Program Fee: $120
Fridays, 4:00 - 4:45 p.m.


The two instructors are Andrea Bettger and Wesley Hardisty.
 
NOTE: The Performance and Beginner youth programs are designed to compliment and expand on a child's existing skills and instruction.  The First-time youth program is designed to introduce your child to the fiddle, and to provide the basic skills to jump-start their learning experience. We strongly recommended that your child receives individual fiddle lessons alongside these programs.