Guest Lecturer/Clinician

Working with Summer String Camp students in Pensacola, FL

In addition to his work promoting his own Fiddle Workshops and Slow Sessions, Tom has appeared as a Guest Clinician at college, university, public and private school, and symphony-sponsored music and string camps throughout the Gulf Coast. He has also taught as a guest faculty member for SCOR! Adult String Camps, and as a regular faculty string teacher for the O’Connor String Method Camp in Charleston, SC (2011-present) and Fiddle Hell Massachusetts.

“I have observed Tom’s gift for teaching many times.  His commitment to helping students of all ages develop their own talents is remarkable.  He has created educational programs that are perfectly suited to ignite the passion for music in the young and the young at heart. As examples, for Mobile Symphony’s programs, Tom created a two-week summer strings camp for beginning and intermediate students and directed a four-day Chamber Music Festival for players of all ages.

Educational events that are single performances are impressive, but teaching over a longer period of time requires a musician who has organizational skills and discipline to match great talent. I have relied upon Tom’s expertise to create educational programs that match the student, the programming, the goals, and the talent.  He has been a valuable part of our successes and I recommend him to you without reservation.”

Sarah B. Wright
Former Education Director, Mobile Symphony

As a lecturer, he has worked regularly for over a decade with the University of South Alabama Road Scholar (formerly Elderhostel) program.

“Mr. Morley is both knowledgeable and talented in teaching and playing the violin.  He has taught classes for the USA Road Scholar (formerly Elderhostel) program for over a decade on numerous musical subjects including ‘Music of the Swing Era’ and  ‘History of American Fiddling’. His classes are always well received, earning the highest possible evaluations and favorable comments.  Many participants return for a second program with Mr. Morley.  His enthusiasm for teaching and playing the violin are what make his programs stand apart.  I feel very fortunate to have someone of his expertise working in our Road Scholar program.”

Laurent Cadden, Program Director
University of South Alabama Road Scholar Program

With violin in hand, he has given lectures and ‘informances’ at area libraries, churches, schools, universities and community colleges on a wide number of music-related subjects, including:

  • The History & Mystery of the Violin & Fiddle
  • The American Fiddle-History & Styles
  • A Short History of the Music of Ireland
  • Music of Tom Sawyer’s Time
  • A History of Old-Time Alabama Fiddling
  • The ‘Taproot’ of American Roots Music-the Fiddle Tunes of England, Scotland & Ireland (in conjunction with the Smithsonian American Roots Music traveling exhibit)

Tom is available to appear as a guest clinician or lecturer at your school, summer camp or community function. Contact him at: