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Folk Music School private students receive 20% off concerts and group classes!

FIDDLE
- with Emilyn

Fiddle is fun! Canada's most popular folk music instrument! If you already play some violin, your lessons can be:

 

- an introduction to new kinds of fiddling traditions

- improvising

- writing tunes

- jamming along with other kinds of music

If you're new to the instrument, you'll learn how to play from a fiddling perspective.

 

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CLARINET

- with John

A folk approach to the clarinet: Learning tunes that are fun to play with other people.

 

- an emphasis on learning by ear
- fun repertoire
- a deeper dive into some of the "folk" traditions of the clarinet
- improvisation / jamming
- tone and technique
- jazz & classical

The clarinet's wide range, malleable tones, and ability to play super soft and super loud make it a very versatile and expressive instrument. 

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PIANO
- with Emilyn

Piano is such a great foundational instrument! In your piano lessons with me we can explore:

- playing by ear

- jamming with chords 

- improvising

- accompanying fiddle tunes

- accompanying songs you like to sing

- reading sheet music + playing classical music (RCM)

- harmony and theory lessons

If you're someone who had piano lessons as a kid but would like to revisit it from a new perspective, or are starting out from scratch, we'll have a lot of fun together!

 
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HARMONICA 
- with John

Harmonicas are inexpensive, fun and fit in your pocket! I've played harmonica since I was a teenager, and it's been a great travel companion ever since!

- learn fiddle tunes, folk songs, and of course the blues!
- solo harmonica, and how to jam with others

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PIANO ACCORDION 
- with Emilyn

 

It's like a piano you can wear! The accordion is popular in so many folk traditions, with this 'party in a box' you can play melodies and chords and basslines...

- fun tunes from various traditions - klezmer, French and more
- playing chords to accompany others or yourself singing
- tunes for folk dances
- ornamentation that brings the music to life!

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DIATONIC ACCORDION 
- with John

 

A great source of joy in my life!! "Diatonic Button Accordions", "Melodeons", "Button Boxes", "Squeeze Boxes" come in various keys, tunings, and styles of playing. You can find them in all sorts of folk traditions from around the world! I particularly enjoy playing traditional french, cajun and Quebecois tunes.

- fun tunes from various traditions
- playing chords to play with others or yourself singing
- tunes for folk dances
- ornamentation that brings the music to life!

 

It's enjoyable and intuitive to start, with open-ended space for exploration and improvement!

 

HARMONY, THEORY, IMPROVISATION, MUSIC CREATION

 

- with Emilyn

Custom tailored lessons to gain musical skills for playing the music you are excited to play! This can include:

- ear training to learn melodies and chords by ear

- how to figure out chords to your favourite songs

- tools for jamming along with others

- tune crafting and composition

- understanding music harmony and the practical uses of music theory

*these lessons are available to vocalists, people with an intermediate playing level on any instrument, or people interested in learning piano with this approach

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Lesson Fees & the RFMS Bursary Fund

Folk Music School private students receive

20% off concerts and group classes!

Weekly private lessons are offered at a sliding scale rate of $50-60/hr. Half hour and 45 minute lessons are also available.

Students will receive a monthly invoice for lessons, and payments can be made by etransfer, cash or cheque.

We have created the RFMS Bursary Fund for students who can't afford the rate. Reach out if you'd like to apply, or donate here to contribute. All donations received will cover up to 66% of someone's lesson fees, and RFMS will subsidize the remaining 33%.