Fiddlekids was founded by Bay Area fiddle player and educator Bobbi Nikles in 1997. Now in its twenty-first year, Fiddlekids is a unique, fun-filled summer day camp devoted to traditional fiddle music. We welcome young violinists and fiddlers, ages 7 to 14, with at least one year of violin playing experience. No previous fiddle knowledge is required. Camp is divided into skill-based groups of roughly 15 fiddlers. Student attend classes with three of the camp’s fiddle instructors and learn a wide range of traditional styles— this year’s teachers specialize in Old Time, Regional Mexican, Balkan, and Celtic music. Students also explore the music through daily art and dance classes. Boasting an experienced teaching staff and a wonderfully supportive atmosphere, Fiddlekids has introduced hundreds of youngsters to a lively and expansive fiddle repertoire. We’ve inspired many of our alumni to enjoy a life-long relationship with their instrument, traditional fiddle music, and folk music culture.


Fiddlekids 2018 Registration Form

Fiddlekids 2018 Emergency and Photo Release Forms copy

Fiddlekids 2018 Scholarship Form

June 25 – 29, 9am – 3pm

  • Camp Location: Berkwood Hedge School, 1809 Bancroft Way, Berkeley
  • Camp Concert:  Sat. June 30 @ Freight & Salvage
  • Additional inquiries: contact

Camp Rates

  • $570 per week; Early Bird Discount: $550 per week if you pay in full by 3/30/18.
  • Sibling Discount: Save $50 for second child
  • Scholarships available: contact for details and scholarship form.

Typical day at fiddlekids summer camp

  • 9:00–10:00am:  Morning fiddle class I
  • 10:00–10:15am:  Recess
  • 10:15–11:15am: Morning fiddle class II
  • 11:15am–12:15pm:  Dance or Art
  • 12:15 – 12:45pm:  Lunch and recess
  • 12:45 – 1:45pm:  Dance or Art
  • 1:45 – 2:00pm:  Recess, snacks
  • 2:00–3:00pm:  Afternoon fiddle class III

Free fiddlekids concert

Camp culminates with the fiddlekids recital, an exciting public performance on the Freight & Salvage stage. This lovely show highlights the kids’ accomplishments across a wide range of fiddling styles. By the end of camp most kids have memorized three to six tunes. The performance also showcases dances learned from our dance instructor. We’ll also display the kid’s beautiful artwork in the lobby.

Camp materials

When camp starts we’ll email a link that provides access to the collection of instructor-made recordings for this year’s camp. Please encourage your young fiddlers to listen daily, at home and/or during the commute to camp. They’ll learn their fiddle tunes faster and more easily with repeated listening. A brief nightly review will yield a much deeper grasp of the material, and a head start for the next day. Many parents say, “This is the first time I’ve seen my kid come home after any class and want to practice!” After camp each fiddlekids family receives music notation for all fiddle tunes taught, plus some tunes that were recorded but untaught, usually about 24 tunes in all. The notation allows the kids to review the music, to understand it from another perspective, and to work on favorite tunes that the other kids learned.

Meet Our Staff

Kaila Flexer
Kaila Flexer
Balkan, Greek
Miguel Govea
Miguel Govea
Mexican Regional
Karen Heil
Karen Heil
Old Time
Leslie Keir
Leslie Keir
Evie Ladin
Evie Ladin
Caroline McCaskey
Caroline McCaskey
Julian Smedley
Julian Smedley
Camp Director

fiddlekids® is a trademark of Freight & Salvage.

Fiddlekids is sponsored by DeYoe Wealth Management, with additional support from the Bill Graham Supporting Foundation of the Jewish Community Endowment Fund and the Friendship Fund.