Fiddle & Violin Lessons


Medford Fiddle and Violin Studio

My studio is in Medford, MA on the Malden line, very close to 93N. It is very accessible from Somerville, Winchester, Stoneham, Everett, Arlington, and much of Boston.

I teach youth fiddle and classical music lessons on Tuesday afternoons and Saturday mornings. 

Click the link to see my studio policies and tuition for weekly lessons. 

I teach adults and homeschoolers during the day on Monday-Thursdays, and have two adult lesson slots on Monday evenings. 

To inquire about openings, email

Contact Ellery

Powers Music School

On Wednesday, I teach fiddle at Powers Music School, a historic community music school located in Belmont, MA. 

Call 617-484-5750 and press 1 to inquire about openings with me - or my fantastic fiddle teaching partner Amy Beshara.

Curriculum | Philosophy | Music

I pride myself on teaching "to the individual" - finding what works, what motivates, and what brings joy to each person in my studio. However, the fiddle can be a challenge and teaching perseverance is my job and yours - the parent, or the fiddler's! 

I switched most of my beginning youth students to the curriculum FiddleQuest in 2016. Developed by a longtime teacher in Ashland, OR, Fiddlequest enables teacher and student to use a multimedia approach to learning the instrument. 

Audio files and step-by-step Practice Guides help students learn by ear. When a student completes a song, they have an option of making a video with their teacher to share with the Fiddlequest community - and if you wish, out-of-town grandparents! 

Comprehensive scales and exercises in sight reading, improvisation, vibrato and harmony build musicality. FiddleQuest is also designed to encourage social playing and setting children up for music for life.

For older and more advanced students, I teach a repertoire that continues to offer a mix of fiddle styles, including tunes often played in the Boston area. If a student is interested in focusing on a specific repertoire, we can work on tunes we choose together.  The Mark O’Connor Method Books III and IV offer good tunes for learning shifting and other advanced techniques. Having performed and played Irish fiddle for over 25 years, I love teaching  students interested in honing in on this technical and subtle style. 

I also teach classical repertoire, mainly using the Doflein Violin Method Books and the Barbara Berber Solos For Young Violinists collections- and coaching students on their string ensemble repertoire. 

For adults, I tailor my repertoire and teaching style to your experience, goals and hopes for the instrument. My students include beginners, adults who "used to play" and hope to get back into the instrument, and accomplished classical musicians who want to learn fiddle styles. 


Early Childhood | Preschool

I strongly believe that every child should hear, experience and participate in a variety of musical experiences early on. Music is intrinsic to being human, expresses emotion and fosters connections through joy and song! 

 As a strings teacher, I understand the importance of developing the musical ability inherent in every person at a young age. Pitch and rhythm are not elusive talents for the select few- really! Singing, dancing and moving to songs early on develops musical literacy for a lifetime of opportunities for music, fun and community.

For more information about my work bringing weekly music to local preschools, click here


Fiddling on the Hill Summer Music Camp

Launched in 2015, Fiddlin’ on the Hill is a summer strings camp for violin, viola and cello players ages 9-14, of all stylistic backgrounds who are excited for a fun week packed with fiddle tunes. 

Accomplished fiddle instructors offer classes in repertoire, improvisation, composing, group playing, step dancing, art classes. We'll also get outside for crafting, reading and playing games!

This year’s camp will run July 22-26, 2019, 8:45 am-4:00 pm. Click here for more information or registration.

Guided Session at the Armoury


Play Tunes with Experienced Musicians

Open, guided Irish music session led by Ellery, Shannon Heaton, Dan Accardi, Roseanne Santucci or other guests.

Arts at the Armory Cafe, 191 Highland Ave, Somerville, MA

SECOND Saturday/ MONTH, 2-4pm

Suggested donation of $10

Training | Certifications

  • M.A. in Irish Traditional Music Performance, 2001, from the Irish World Music Centre at the University of Limerick, Ireland.
  • 2013 Certification in the Mark O’Connor Violin Method Books 1 & 2 
  • Completed 10 week Coursera/ Northwestern University Course “Teaching the Violin & Viola: Creating a Healthy Foundation.” 
  • Trained with open online course from famed pedagogy coach Mimi Zweig of Indiana University. 
  • 2008 Certification in Music Together 
  • 1992 graduate of the Cincinnati School for Creative and Performing Arts: private lessons with CSO violinist Michele Wilkison, quartet coaching with CSO cellist Norman Johns, and violinist in the SCPA orchestra and chamber orchestra conducted by Warren Friesen