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Instruments & Skill Levels

The Acadia Trad Festival offers classes and workshops for a wide variety of instruments that vary from year to year, including fiddle, guitar, mandolin, bouzouki, cello, piano, piano accordion, harp, banjo, Uilleann pipes, whistle, bodhran, dance, song, fiddle-making, Celtic culture, and much much more. More information can be found on our Classes, Workshops and Sessions and Teaching Staff pages.

Major courses of study are offered at four skill levels: Beginner (fiddle and guitar only), Intermediate, Advanced and Master. Students are expected to focus on their major for the morning classes, but are free to explore other instruments during afternoon workshops and jam sessions. Afternoon sessions are offered at all levels.

BEGINNER fiddle classes are geared toward those who have little to no experience with fiddle. Beginner guitar students should have a basic understanding of simple chords (G, D, C, etc). The main criteria is the desire to learn! Want to play another instrument or learn to dance? Many afternoon workshops are offered at the beginner level.

INTERMEDIATE students should be able to play their primary instrument at slow and intermediate sessions. All major courses of study are available to students at the intermediate level.

ADVANCED students are people who are comfortable playing out at dances or in bands. An advanced student can lead a session, play fast, and take solos. All major courses of study are available to students at the advanced level.

MASTER students are typically very active performers and/or music teachers. Classes are rigorous and fast-paced, and available only to selected instruments.

2019 Major Courses of Study:

  • Accordion
  • Accompaniment
  • Bodhran
  • Cello
  • Dance
  • Fiddle
  • Fiddle-making
  • Flute
  • Guitar
  • Harp
  • Piano
  • Song
  • Whistle