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  • Irish Traditional Fiddle
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    Bretton DimickOffering private lessons in
    Seattle, Washington
    About MeContact Me
    I'm a fiddle teacher from Vermont steeped in Irish and Scottish-American traditions and have a doctorate in music. In a program of study tailored to your interests, abilities, and schedule, I can teach you and/or your children jigs, reels, hornpipes, and more to play in sessions, to accompany and improvise on songs or ballads, or just to enjoy the pleasure of live music in your home.

    I am a researcher, writer, and professor in the field of ethnomusicology--the study of music, culture, and history. I completed my BA at New York University, and have two MAs and a PhD from the University of Michigan.

    My Teaching Background
    I've been studying traditional fiddle music (and classical piano) since childhood, and have been lucky enough to learn from great fiddle players in the Scottish tradition of Cape Breton, the vibrant Irish music community of New York City and Dublin, and in the old-time and Quebec-influenced traditions of my home state of Vermont.

    In my playing and teaching, my biggest influences remain my favorite teachers. I strive to combine the clean, percussive approach of Cape Breton fiddler and composer Jerry Holland and the improvisational, Irish style of New York City's Tony Demarco, who is a pillar among the County Sligo-style players of New York.

    Before recently moving to Seattle, I was based in Charleston, South Carolina, where I performed regularly and began teaching fiddle while finishing my doctoral work.

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    You can listen to an album in-progress on my personal website here:

    My Teaching Philosophy
    My goal in teaching is to provide you with the ability to apply the skills you learn so that you can eventually learn tunes on your own and continue pursuing music for a lifetime.
    With a PhD-level education, I have broad knowledge of world music and have spent a number of years researching in far-off places, most notably Vietnam. I teach at the college-level as well, and bring all of this knowledge of the history and culture of music, as well as the quality of instruction and level of professionalism, to my fiddle teaching.

    In my teaching, I use the time-tested by-ear method through which I learned. It's an efficient route to developing a good ear, learning the techniques and the sounds of the tradition, picking up tunes, and finding your voice within the tradition. Reading music can be an efficient way to learn as well, and is a fun way to discover and reinvent music from old books. I am proficient in music theory, having theorized myself on occasion, and also am happy to help students build these foundational skills.

    Rates And Availability
    I am available to teach at my home studio in Phinney Ridge -- $50/hour for individual lessons or $180/four-lesson package (and half off your first lesson).

    I recommend at least a weekly one-hour lesson to maintain momentum. For parents, I have a comfy chair you are welcome to during lessons.