Cathy Clasper-Torch

Fiddle/Violin/Erhu Classes


Cathy has been the fiddle/violin instructor at the Blackstone River Theatre (BRT) in Cumberland, RI, since 2006. She teaches "group" classes to beginner, intermediate and advanced level players, ages 16 and up.

Cathy's approach to teaching beginners is a "classical" approach in fundamentals, form and technique. The repertoire, however, is folk/fiddle from a wide variety of cultures, styles, and eras. Cathy encourages "ear-playing", but also uses notation (written music) , finger numbers and note-names when teaching new material. The spirit of group classes is that of engagement, fun, support, and community.

Cathy currently teaches 6 group fiddle classes, for beginners, intermediate and advanced level students.

Classes run from September - November, January - February, and April - May. For more information on fiddle classes (and other classes and performances at the BRT), please visit: www.riverfolk.org.


Fiddle Class Schedule

Classes are $135.00 per student per 9-week session. Minimum needed to hold each class is six. Students must bring: own fiddle and bow, a music stand, and a recording device. Both playing by ear and some sight reading will be included. Players will be placed in all classes by the instructor's evaluation of skill level. Prepayment necessary!

  • 9-Week Total Beginner Fiddle - Tuesdays at 6:30 PM (upstairs)
  • 9-Week Advanced Intermediate Fiddle - Tuesdays at 7:45 PM
  • 9-Week Advanced Fiddle - Wednesdays at 6:30 PM
  • 9-Week Advanced Fiddle - Wednesdays at 7:45 PM
  • 9-Week Intermediate Beginner Fiddle - Thursdays at 5:30 PM (upstairs)
  • 9-Week Continuing Beginner Fiddle - Thursdays at 6:45 PM (upstairs)

CLASS DATES

  • Tuesdays: Sept. 12, 26, Oct. 3, 10, 17, 24, Nov. 7, 14, 28
  • Wednesdays: Sept. 13, 20, 27, Oct. 11, 18, 25, Nov. 8, 15, 29
  • Thursdays: Sept. 14, 21, 28, Oct. 12, 19, 26, Nov. 9, 16, 30

CLASS LOCATION

  • Blackstone River Theatre, 549 Broad Street, Cumberland, RI


Erhu Class Schedule

  • 6-Week Session: Continuing ERHU (Chinese folk fiddle) - Thursdays at 7:45pm

CLASS DATES

  • Thursdays: October 12, 19, 26, then November 9, 16, 30

CLASS LOCATION

  • Blackstone River Theatre, 549 Broad Street, Cumberland, RI

 

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