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A truly unique approach to learning Irish fiddle from the very beginning:

I'd been teaching Irish fiddle for several years when my daughter started taking Suzuki violin lessons. As I sat in her lessons, I realized that many of the skills I was teaching my fiddle students were the same skills I'd been taught as a Suzuki violin student years ago.  The method weaves a step-by-step, easily digestible approach with immersing oneself in the music as part of the community.  As I followed along in her journey, and began my Suzuki teacher training, I started researching, collecting, and developing curriculum and repertoire that I could use for teaching Irish fiddle. 

The approach uses 3 books of tunes that I curated and developed specifically for Irish fiddle.  There are recordings that accompany each of the books, recorded by All-Ireland medalist Claire Vanorny (fiddle), and accompanied by Benjamin Vanorny (piano).  Each book has an emphasis--the first on ear training through song, the second on beginner skills in basic tunes, and the third on establishing rhythm through bowing patterns as tunes are crafted into sets.  Skills are introduced throughout each book to give you forward steps and refinement opportunities. The books take you from beginner to confident player and have a thoughtful approach to continuing your Irish music journey.

 

  My lessons with Mary are wonderful, and so different!  Mary is reminding me how joyful music can be!   I am learning to let that joy be the reason I practice and play.  Mary is so patient and so good at helping me learn to relax.  For the first time I am getting a sense of the beautiful flow that can come with playing a musical instrument. 
The time we spent working on my bowing technique [in lessons] and breaking a life long habit has been helpful on fiddle and on cello at school.
[Through lessons], I am able to appreciate music more since learning by ear.
Irish music is more compelling to me than ever before, especially with my involvement in ensemble and performances.
Overall since I started [taking lessons] a few years ago I’ve become much more engaged with music.
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