Beginning Fiddle

with Cathy Mason

Thursday, March 12, 2020


Beginning Fiddle

  • Americana
  • Celtic
  • Country
  • Fiddle
  • Folk
  • Instrumental
  • International
  • Old Time
  • Roots
  • School of Music class
  • Trad
  • World

The Beginning Fiddle course is geared toward students with a basic knowledge of the fiddle. Students must know how to hold the fiddle and bow, and should have at least a few months playing experience.  We’ll be learning tunes from a variety of genres, including Cajun and Old Time, and working on the bowing and left hand techniques that can be used to make your playing sound traditional to the style.  All material will be taught by ear, without the aid of sheet music, so students are encouraged to bring a recording device. Become more comfortable and versatile on your instrument in a fun, relaxed environment!

This class will be held from 6:30-7:45pm on Thursdays: Mar. 12, 19, 26, Apr. 2, 9, 16.

Please note: The Passim School of Music is located at 26 Church St. Cambridge, MA. Classrooms are located on the third floor and, unfortunately, we do not have an elevator. 

Limited to 7 students (16 yrs of age or older); 3 students are required for class to meet. If a class is cancelled due to low enrollment, you will receive a full refund.

Cathy Mason

Cathy teaches private lessons in person and by video, as well as workshops and classes to students of all ages. She believes that musical skill and passion develop, rather than being bestowed and loves helping students master the interplay between physical, mental, emotional and logistical factors that lead to musical satisfaction and improvement.


Cathy has specialized in American traditional fiddle music, primarily Old Time string band and vocal styles, as well as the Cajun and Creole music of Southwest Louisiana for the past several decades.  Cathy’s solo and ensemble playing conveys the soulful, haunting beauty and the quirky, rhythmic drive of these styles.  She performs at dances, parties and concerts all over the east coast and south with her bands, The Dead Sea Squirrels and The High Strung Strummers as well as with other musicians.  She has been a winner of several awards at the Lowell Fiddle and Banjo contest, been on the staff at dance and music camps.

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