Fiddlekids

We will begin the process of refunding you all soon. Please allow 7-14 business days for your refund to be processed. If you have any questions or would like to turn your registration fees into a gift card or a donation to the Freight & Salvage, please contact info@freightandsalvage.org.

For years, we at the Freight and Fiddlekids have worked to provide a space where music is a social, in-person experience. While that side of the music world has been put on hold, the artists in our community are adapting with the times and continuing to enrich our lives with their talents. I’ll send out updates as our staff continue to build their digital presence, but for now, here are some of the ways you can stay engaged with Fiddlekids teachers:

Suzy Thompson:
Fiddles at 4: A pay-what-you-can, drop-in, cross-tuned fiddle class on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 4 pm on zoom. Here’s the zoom link. The password is Fiddle. Contact Suzy for a full class description: suzy@ericandsuzy.com

Thompsonia Facebook Live Concert, Tuesday, April 14 at 4 pm

You can support Suzy through PayPal

Evie Ladin:
Facebook Live Sunday Salon Concerts, every Sunday at 6 pm on Evie’s Facebook page

Walker Creek Music Camp Online!

Body Music Mondays–contact Evie at evie@evieladin.com

Banjo Tuesdays: Group Clawhammer Banjo Classes through The Freight & Salvage starting on May 5th. Here’s the Freight’s class list

You can support Evie through PayPal and Venmo: @Evie-Ladin

Thanks to all of you for supporting Fiddlekids this year–we will miss you this summer. We plan to be back in 2021, so keep those bows rosined and those fiddles tuned.

All the best,

Leah Wollenberg and Julian Smedley
fiddlekids@freightandsalvage.org

Fiddlekids was founded by fiddle player and educator Bobbi Nikles.

Additional inquiries: contact fiddlekids@freightandsalvage.org or Leah Wollenberg at (510) 859-1117

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
  • 3:30–5:30: After Camp Care (additional $30 per day)

Free Fiddlekids concert

Camp culminates on Saturday morning at 11:30 with the Fiddlekids recital, an exciting public performance on the Freight & Salvage stage that highlights the tunes and dances learned throughout the week. We’ll also display the kid’s beautiful artwork in the Freight 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

Miguel Govea
Miguel Govea
Mexican Regional
Karen Heil
Karen Heil
Old Time
Leslie Keir
Leslie Keir
Art
Evie Ladin
Evie Ladin
Dance
Darcy Noonan
Darcy Noonan
Irish
Sandra Poindexter
Sandra Poindexter
Jazz and Latin
Julian Smedley
Julian Smedley
Camp Director
Suzy Thompson
Suzy Thompson
Cajun-Creole

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.