School

School of Traditional Fiddle & Piano

Now accepting new students for the 2020 Summer Season! Limited spots available.

Alex Kusturok, now residing in Cold Lake, AB and a former fiddle student of Sherryl’s, is a force in the music business often playing International music festivals such as Celtic Colours. He will be releasing his new cd entitled, “Phoenix” in June 2020. He had this to say about his former teacher.

Sherryl used to teach me fiddle years ago when I was a kid maybe 11 years old, and in my opinion is one of the best teachers for traditional fiddle music. Her ability to break down and explain tunes and all the little ornamentation, she is so knowledgeable. I used to hold my fiddle down all the time (bad habit) and the amount of patience she had. “Hold your fiddle up!” She’s a wonderful lady and a dear friend who has A LOT of patience.” Alex Kusturok

This season marks our 35th year at the Sherryl Fitzpatrick School of Traditional Fiddle & Piano which is located in Barrhaven, ON.

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.

In addition to teaching fiddle music, Sherryl also teaches classical violin using the Royal Conservatory, Suzuki repertoire, O’Connor String Method as well as teaching theory. She prepares students for RCM violin exams, theory exams as well as auditions into violin programs for high school or university. Using the O’Connor String Method, Sherryl will also be working with small youth ensembles. All her students have achieved a 100% success rate when playing for their exams reaching Honours or Honours with distinction.

In addition to teaching all styles of fiddling, she has also been teaching piano accompaniment for many years. She has been providing accompaniment for students and fiddle competitors at various fiddle contests in Ontario. She performs with the “Tiger Island Trio” and “Bb Sisters”. She is also in demand as a piano accompanist for Special guest fiddlers, namely Martin Aucoin, Germain Leduc, Kimberley Holmes, Peter Dawson among many others.

She has composed and transcribed her original music into two books. In addition to writing her own books, she has transcribed music for Peter Dawson, Dennis Harrington, Randy Foster, Leo Ready and the Canadian Grand Masters “Prime Minister Project”.

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 2019-2020 season. Students will be playing for a Year-End recital.