Lessons, Classes, Seisún

I am currently accepting new private students in Decatur, Sandy Springs, and Johns Creek. I also offer private lessons via Facetime and Skype.

On Mondays I offer a tune learning class at Steve's Live Music in Sandy Springs from 6:30-7:30.

Also on Mondays from 7:30 to 9:30 pm I lead an open Irish seisún (jam session) at Steve's Live Music in Sandy Springs. This is open to all players of traditional instruments and will focus on a maximum of playing time following a published monthly guideline of planned tunes. (admission is free)

See details below for locations and times.


Private Lessons   
30 and 60-minute times available

Decatur, GA
open time slots:
11:00 am
12:00 noon
1:00 pm (on alternate weeks)
2:00 pm (on alternate weeks)
3:00 pm (on alternate weeks
4:00 pm (on alternate weeks)

Steve's Live Music
Sandy Springs, GA
open time slots:
3:30 pm
4:30 pm
5:30 pm

Johns Creek, GA
open time slots:
3:30 pm
4:30 pm
5:30 pm

Facetime and Skype lessons available on a
flexible schedule


Steve's Live Music,
Sandy Springs, GA

6:30-7:30 Irish & Scottish Tune Repertoire and Styles


Private lessons:
60 minutes (weekly): $300/month
30 minutes (weekly): $168/month

60 minutes (weekly): $60/month

Teaching Goals

No matter what their level of ability, I strive to open new vistas to my students by imparting the same joy and personal growth that I have experienced through music. Learning music is so much more than the mechanical ability to play notes correctly. Along with instilling solid technical foundations of violin playing and consistent patterns of practice that produce successful results, I also seek to offer a broader vision of how music is constructed, how it has evolved throughout history, and how it can be socially meaningful in our modern world.

Classes in Irish music and Scottish music are designed to challenge accomplished players while being accessible to those with more moderate abilities. The goal is to work through a significant body of tunes each quarter (2-3 new tunes each week) while also providing a forum to enjoy making music with others. Classes are be taught by ear with sheet music and MP3 recordings provided for home study.

The Celtic Backup Rhythm Guitar class is aimed at developing a new generation of Irish and Scottish rhythm guitarists (of which there are currently few!). We'll delve into the specialized techniques such DADGAD and Drop-D tunings, characteristic strum styles, and modal harmonies which give Irish and Scottish music its unique and authentic flavor. After introducing each new technique I will play the tune numerous times on my fiddle so students can practice backing me up and getting immediate feedback.

Private lessons (classical and fiddle) allow me to provide the student with a solid grounding in good violin technique. I was a professional symphony violinist throughout the earlier part of my career [Resume Here] and although today I am known primarily for my fiddling I approach

teaching and performing with the same attention to beauty of sound, perfect intonation, ergonomic positions, and playing with verve, charisma, and passion regardless of the style being studied. Depending on the interests of the student, I am happy teaching strictly fiddle music with a focus on appropriate bowing patterns and ornamentation styles; or, for those students who are bound for youth symphony and classical competitions I am equally at home teaching classical repertoire. Blending multiple styles within the same lesson can also prove satisfying and help to round out a student's abilities. My teaching style incorporates music theory into the learning process so that students truly understand the music rather than mearly playing by rote.

Please feel free to call me for more info
and to discuss your interests:
(206) 226-5663