Simply Violin

Fiddle Class Instructor

Sheila Graves
B.M. in Viola Performance, Northwestern University
Serious Fiddling: Fiddle Tunes for Violin
25+ Years of Teaching Experience
Fiddle Group Lessons
Fiddle Class with Sheila Graves is an introduction to fiddling for intermediate to advanced classical violinists who want to learn to fiddle. Students are required to have mastery of 1st position, and facility in higher positions is a plus. This will be a group class.

Fiddle styles covered in the class will include Irish, Old Time, Blue Grass and Texas Swing. The students will learn how to take a basic tune and “make it their own.” Students will have an opportunity to play on a recital and to enter local fiddle contests. A teacher reference or an informal audition is required to enter the class. Class will meet once a week. The required materials are The Fiddle Book by Lisa Berman and Serious Fiddling by Sheila Graves. Materials will be available for purchase at the first class session. The student is required to have a violin which is properly set up and a bow in good condition.

Fiddle Class will run Mondays (except July 4 and 18), 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm, June 20 - August 15.

The class will be taught by SBCA instructor Sheila Graves. Sheila has been teaching for over 25 years. She holds a degree in viola performance from Northwestern University. She has taught viola and violin at Augustana College and the University of Sioux Falls, in addition to maintaining a private teaching studio. She has been a member of the Heidelberg (Germany) Chamber Orchestra, the Sioux City Symphony, and the South Dakota Symphony. She is a past 1st place winner of the National Old time Country & Bluegrass Music Festival in LeMars, Iowa and Spudfest in Minnesota. In addition, she has placed in numerous fiddle contests and talent shows in Nebraska, Iowa, South Dakota, Missouri and Minnesota, including the Iowa State Fair and the Minnesota State Fair. She has been arranging fiddle tunes since 1987 and is the author of Serious Fiddling: Fiddle Tunes for Violin, published by SimplyViolin. Sheila is a member of Minnesota State Fiddlers Association and Minnesota Old Time Fiddlers Association.