Mari loves sharing tunes and ideas with fiddlers and musicians all over the world! She teaches frequent workshops at fiddle camps, on tour, in her home town of Boston, and via the internet in her special 4-week online seminars. You can book Mari for a workshop via her Booking page, and find upcoming workshops to attend on her Calendar page. You can also scroll down to see any Online Seminars currently enrolling, and even get in touch to schedule your very own private lesson now!
Mari now offers Online Seminars, so you can study with her right from the comfort of your own computer! Seminars typically run for 4 consecutive weeks. Mari's signature "Universal Fiddle Skills" Seminar series covers core topics such as mastering bowing technique, ornamentation, "'comping" (accompanying), learning by ear, how to better coach yourself as a self-directed fiddler, and more. The "Dial in the Style" Seminar series focuses on in-depth exploration of different musical styles through repertoire. New in the Fall of 2022, Mari is introducing the "Advancing Explorations" Seminars, a special series of topics geared towards folks who have already taken other seminars and want to continue evolving their skills in fun new ways. All Seminars include live weekly classes via Zoom video (each class session is recorded, so you can reference it later), recordings and supporting materials to practice with in between classes, and -- best of all -- a chance to get private, personalized feedback from Mari on your playing!
(Scroll down to the FAQ's section for details on Seminar offerings, including cost, class materials you'll receive, what to expect, Mari's teaching approach, and more!)
Catch What You Hear:
Learning Tunes by Ear, Easily and 'On the Fly'
THURSDAYS, 7:00-8:15 p.m. EST
February 9, 16, 23, & March 2
Seminar Gift Certificate
Purchase a gift certificate for that special musician in your life (or yourself!) to attend one of Mari's 4-week Online Seminars any time in the future!
Is there a particular Seminar topic that you would especially like to see offered? Let Mari know by filling out this quick survey! She welcomes your requests, and your input will help her shape the future Seminar schedule!
Mari loves teaching at camps and workshops around the country! While on tour, she gives frequent stand-alone classes and can be found on the faculty of several world-class music camps each summer. All of Mari's workshops focus on learning tunes, so you should definitely come prepared to play play play! Tunes will be taught by ear, but don't worry -- Mari will always show you how to capture the melody in your ears and fingers, and she'll even send you home with recordings and sheet music to help you practice.
Mari teaches workshops on a broad array of topics, including:
Workshops are open to all bowed string players (violin, viola, ‘cello, bowed string bass), and often to all melody-playing instruments (flutes, harps, melodic guitar players, etc). Mari also specializes in all-level workshops that will challenge, excite, and engage fiddlers of any age, experience level, or stylistic background.
You can book Mari for a workshop via her Booking page, and find upcoming workshops to attend on her Calendar page.
When she's not on tour, Mari teaches private lesson in her hometown of Boston, as well as via Skype / Zoom Video for those further away. Lessons are available to students of all ages and experience levels. Mari welcomes everyone, from brand new fiddlers to experienced musicians looking to explore new styles or polish their playing at the highest level.
Private lessons will focus on your individual musical interests. Mari believes in learning by doing, so you will do lots and lots of playing. You will learn tunes, improve your fiddle technique, build your improvisational skills, gather supporting theory knowledge, and expand your repertoire. Mari teaches a variety of musical styles, including various types of folk fiddling, jazz, Western Classical, tango, klezmer, and improvisation. She is happy to work on whatever types of music most interest you — they all contribute to building good violin skills.
Come fiddle for fun, improve your jamming skills, or prepare for a national competition. The sky is the limit!
Contact Mari directly to schedule your lessons today.