O’Connor Method Camp 2012 is History-A Wonderful Experience for All

My Irish Trad group performed on one the daily recitals. Each fiddler added their own Irish ornaments as learned during class.

The 2nd Annual Mark O’Connor String Method Camp is history, and it was a wonderful experience for students and faculty members alike. I had a fantastic time, returning to beautiful Charleston, SC as a faculty member for the second year in a row, teaching several classes of eager students jigs, reels, polkas and other tunes from . . . → Read More: O’Connor Method Camp 2012 is History-A Wonderful Experience for All

Teaching Irish Trad at the 2nd Annual Mark O’Connor String Method Camp

Learn to Play Irish Trad Fiddle cover

I’m looking forward to being in Charleston SC this next week, where I am once again on the faculty of the Mark O’Connor String Method camp. This is the second year for the camp and if you’ve read some of my previous blogs about Mark’s method books and the camp itself, you’ll understand why I am . . . → Read More: Teaching Irish Trad at the 2nd Annual Mark O’Connor String Method Camp

O’Connor String Method Camp-Looking Back & Looking Ahead

Tom teaching at O'Connor Camp

Teaching Irish Fiddle Tunes at the O'Connor Method Camp Aug. 2011

I’m thinking back fondly of the week I spent teaching Irish and Old-Time Fiddle to 5 big classes of students of all ages and abilities at the Mark O’Connor Method Camp in Charleston SC.  This first Method Camp came together in August 2011 with the . . . → Read More: O’Connor String Method Camp-Looking Back & Looking Ahead

Share a Fiddle Tune With Me at an Upcoming Workshop/Summer Camp

Here’s an update on the Irish Fiddle Workshops I’ll be giving in July & August, and the Summer Camps that I’ll also be teaching at. There’s something here for players of every age and every level!

In Pensacola, Florida, Jonathan Clark has been running a great 2-week Summer String Festival at 1st United Methodist Church for several . . . → Read More: Share a Fiddle Tune With Me at an Upcoming Workshop/Summer Camp

Introducing the Mark O’Connor String Method to local teachers

Playing selections from the Mark O'Connor String Method book while Jim & Felicia follow along

As one of the first string educators in the Alabama gulf coast area to have attended one of the Mark O’Connor String Method seminars, I’ve enjoyed talking about Mark’s teaching concepts to my colleagues. (For those of you not familiar with this new method, it employs classical violin technique, using familiar American music to engage and motivate young students.) . . . → Read More: Introducing the Mark O’Connor String Method to local teachers