The Mark O’Connor String Method Camp has arrived!

I’m excited about heading out tomorrow to Charleston, SC, where I will be one of the teachers at the first ever Mark O’Connor String Method Camp. For a full week, students (age 7-14) will having fun while learning to play selections from the O’Connor Method books, which are taking the string education world by storm.  If you are reading this post but are not familiar with this new ‘American School of String Playing’, learn more at Mark’s website here.

I will be teaching Irish and Old-Time fiddle tunes as an elective class, and it seems to be a popular one as I will have lots of students in each of the 5 classes I will teach each day. I’ve been choosing jigs, reels, Irish polkas, old-time breakdowns and other tunes that I think the young string players learning from Mark’s method books will also enjoy. These tunes will be at the same levels and feature many matching concepts. The students will learn some good fingerings and bowings that will make the tunes sound authentic (even to the youngest beginner). They will also learn some of the interesting history behind the tunes. And at the end of the week, they’ll all have some great Irish and Old-Time American fiddle tunes to add to their repertoire. I’m happy to be able to make that contribution as I share my passion for fiddling with these budding string players.

On August 5th, students and families are invited to gather for a special Grand Finale Concert in celebration of Mark O’Connor’s 50th Birthday at the beautiful Sottile Theatre in Charleston. And Mark himself will be there to join in!

Look for more updates on the exciting happenings in Charleston at the O’Connor String Method Camp!

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