Explore the worlds of Mexican Regional and Traditional Irish fiddling with Bay Area musicians Miguel Govea and Leah Wollenberg at Kids Learn to Play: Fiddle Hour, an online, fun-filled summer mini-camp for fiddler players and violinists ages 9-14. We welcome kids with at least two years of experience on the instrument and any level of familiarity with Irish and/or Mexican Regional music, including no familiarity at all! These classes are all about having fun learning new tunes and styles while connecting with other young musicians.

The mini-camp is taught on zoom, and will run an hour every weekday for two weeks in August. Miguel and Leah alternate days so kids have a chance to delve into both the Irish and Mexican Regional Traditions. All music is taught by ear, with instructional videos provided during the program to help students remember and practice the tunes.

“[My son] said it was the best fiddling class he has ever done!”

Multi-instrumentalist Miguel Govea (trumpet, guitarrón, diatonic accordion, fiddle, trombone, sousaphone, clarinet, vocals) grew up in Bakersfield, California. He remembers playing trumpet with his schoolmates, drumming on his dad’s old pickup with his neighborhood friends, and learning guitar from his cousins on occasional trips to Mexico City. His parents and siblings were deeply involved in the Mexican–American farmworker struggles of the 1960s. Since the 1980s, he has played and recorded with many of the first wave of Chicano musicians that emerged in the decades prior, as well as with countless Bay Area music luminaries. He performs with his wife Susan Peña and their two daughters Rene and Cecilia as La Familia Pena-Govea. They have played at venues as varied as Davies Symphony Hall to San Quentin Prison. Miguel will be sharing his repertoire of Mexican regional fiddle music. He receives great pleasure and is honored to teach young musicians through education programs at the Freight & Salvage, SF Community Music Center and SFJAZZ. He has many instructional tutorials on his YouTube channel: miguelgoveamusic


Leah Wollenberg fell in love with the fiddle at an early age. She’s been lucky to explore many traditions over the course of her musical life, and after attending a fiddle camp with the great Martin Hayes, traditional Irish music became her passion. She studied jazz violin at Oberlin College, but her return to the Bay Area has meant a return to her fiddle roots. The last few years have seen her working and playing at the Freight & Salvage, and hanging out at Irish sessions and Bluegrass jams around the Bay. She recently had the honor of being a guest vocalist on Laurie Lewis’s newest album: And Laurie Lewis. Over a decade of experience at Fiddlekids summer camp, both as a classroom assistant and as assistant director, has taught her that she loves to teach. She’s looking forward to sharing that love during Kids Learn to Play: Fiddle Hour!

Advanced (August 3-7 & 10-14 4pm-5pm)

In this session, Miguel and Leah will present more challenging tunes and delve deeper into what makes the Mexican Regional and Irish traditions tick. 4 to 5 years of violin or fiddle playing recommended. Students should be comfortable using their fourth finger, low second and first finger, and high third finger, and be ready for faster tempos and intricate fingerings. As with the other sessions, all music is taught by ear.


If you have any questions, please contact Leah Wollenberg at