Feb 20-23, 2024: String Style Explorers

Tue-Fri mini-camp, 10am-1pm

For string players age 9-13 (see below for level info)

Explore a feast of exciting music you might not get to try anywhere else! In just four mornings we'll sample Irish, klezmer, and old-time fiddle tunes, along with enchanting music from the Middle Ages and Renaissance. Participants can even try out a Medieval fiddle and a Renaissance viola da gamba. 

This small-group workshop is taught by Fiddlesticks founding director Shulamit Kleinerman and takes place at her studio in the Lake City neighborhood of Seattle (address when you register). Co-presented by Seattle Historical Arts for Kids

Klezmer music at Fiddlesticks 2023

English & Italian Renaissance music at SPL with Seattle Historical Arts for Kids, 2016

Old-time music at Fiddlesticks, 2022

Who can participate?

This multi-level material is for students of violin, viola, and cello, age 9-13, late beginner and up. No previous experience of any of these repertoires is required. Music will be taught both by ear and with notation. 

  • Minimum participation level: be comfortable with music notation even if you're not fully independent with it yet, and be able to play an octave in the keys of C major and D major. 
  • More advanced students will enjoy the challenge of new sounds and styles, more complicated ornamented versions of melodies, and lots of harmonic possibilities, even if the basic notes are easy.  
  • Suzuki correspondence: as early as Book 2 with well-established reading ability and ensemble skills, up to book 6.


Please register only if you're committing to the class. You will not be enrolled until any payment due has been submitted.

New to Fiddlesticks/SHAK: Register HERE

Returning students: Use THIS form

Cost: Programs at both Fiddlesticks and SHAK are offered on a free-will, income-based sliding fee system. We know that everyone benefits when our programs are accessible, diverse, and welcoming! Here's what we suggest:

Above median income/assets: We suggest $300-375, which covers about 80-100% of the cost per student

Near median income/assets: We suggest $200-275, which covers about 50-75"% of the cost per student

Below median income/assets: Pay whatever you can. We do have full scholarships. No one turned away for inability to pay.