School of Traditional Fiddle & Piano

Now accepting new students for the 2018-2019 Season! Limited spots available. First class will be September 4, 2018.

This season marks our 33rd year at the Sherryl Fitzpatrick School of Traditional Fiddle which is located in Barrhaven.

We teach Canadian Old-time, Irish, Cape Breton, and Quebecois styles of fiddle. Our method of instruction is by ear or by written note. However, our teaching methods are adaptable to each student’s needs.

Sherryl has been teaching piano accompaniment for fiddling for many years. She has been providing accompaniment for students and fiddle competitors at various fiddle contests in Ontario. In addition, she is the piano player in the trio, “Tiger Island Trio” with Randy Foster and Dennis Harrington as well as Heritage Country.

Trent Bruner and I transcribed Randy Foster’s new original fiddle tunes for his 6th cd entitled, “No More Alarms”. We organized it into a teaching accompaniment book for both piano and/or guitar players. For each tune, we have two-three variations so that the student can progressively learn a more enhanced version to continue with their development.

Students of all ages are afforded the opportunity to take part in a free monthly jam session as a member of the Ottawa Traditional Fiddling and Folk Art Society (OTFFAS) for the 2018-2019 season. Students will be playing for old-time dances in the Ottawa area in addition to a year end dance in June!


Rates for music lessons are as follows:

Private, 1 hour $55.00
Private, 1/2 hour $27.50