Anne Lederman


Anne's Instruction books
Tamarack'er Down:
A Guide to Celtic-Canadian Fiddling Through Rhythm

A special FIddle Method to help you learn the essentials of playing Celtic-Canadian Fddling from the very beginning through to advanced techniques of bowing, rhythm, fingering and ornamentation. Tamarack'er Down is designed to help you learn by ear, so reading music is not required, just a willingness to dive in there and give it at try.

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Part III: Advanced is on the way. Watch for it  in 2018!

Anne has taught for: The North Atlantic Fiddle Convention, The Wales Fiddle Festival, The Lakeland Fiddlers (England), The Viljandi Folk Festival (Estonia), The Inuvik Fiddle Society, The Kole Crook Fiddlers, Strings Across the Sky,The Orangeville Fiddle and Step-Dance Camp, Algoma Trad (St. Joe's Island, Ontario), The Hockley Valley Fiddle Camp, The Sunshine Coast Summer Camp, Smithers March Break Camp, The Goderich Celtic College, the Oakville Suzuki School, The Cabbagetown Suzuki School, The Woods Music and Dance Camp, the Waldorf Summer Strings Program, Worlds of Music Toronto, Dixon Hall, The Augusta Heritage Centre (West Virginia) and at Festivals throughout Canada and the U.S.

Contact Anne for further information on group or private lessons.



Anne offers classes at The Royal Conservatory of Music in downtown Toronto at 3 levels: Beginner, Intermediate (have played for 1-2 years) and Advanced (more than 2 years). Classes run in 14-week sessions, beginning in September and January. Advanced classes are on specific styles: Scottish, French-Canadian/Metis, Old Time Canadian, or Irish.
COST: $425 (14 90-minute sessions, ~$30 per session).

FALL 2017
MONDAYS: Classes start Monday, Sept. 11

TUESDAYS: Classes start Tuesday, Oct. 10
Beginner      - 6:15 - 7:45
Intermediate - 8:00 -9:30 p.m.

For further info consult the RCM Community School Calendar, or e-mail Anne. For Registration, please go to or call RCM: (416) 408 - 2824.

ONLINE WITH ANNE - You need Skype, a computer and a videocam.
We test the Skype connection ahead of time, we set a lesson time, and we're away!

Adult (14 and up): I hour - $60.
Youth (11-13): 45 minutes - $45.
Children (8-10): 30 minutes - $30.

Tamarack'er Down Ensemble: For Intermediate/Advanced adults. We work on a variety of repertoire arranged in 2 and 3 parts for concert performance. Twice a year (Christmas nad Spring) we undertake a number of community concerts in Seniors Homes, shelters etc.

Anne has taught folk fiddling from many traditions to both
children and adults, at festivals, fiddle camps, classical string camps, in groups and solo. People learn to internalize tunes and rhythms through singing and playing so that the music becomes truly part of them. She specializes in the following kinds of workshops:

Metis/French Canadian Fiddling
One of the great, but little-known styles of North America, Metis fiddling is a wonderful blend of Scottish, French, Aboriginal and Old-time North American traditions developed in the early fur trade days of the Canadian Northwest. Acompanied by sit-down clogging, Metis tunes are highly irregular in form, but always rhythmic and always beautiful. The tradition overlaps with French-Canadian and Acadian music.

Klezmer Music
From Eastern Europe, klezmer music is the traditional voice of Ashkenazic Jewish culture. Unique scales, ornamentation,
rhythms and repertoire.

Canadian Fiddle Styles
Anne has learned from many wonderful Canadian musicians from several traditions: Metis and French-Canadian, Newfoundland, Cape Breton, Irish, Ukrainian, Klezmer and "Old-Time". This workshop can be given as a one-time demonstration or as an extended immersion into selected repertoire over several days.

Fiddling for String Kids
Open your ears to the possibilities of the violin. Drawing from jazz and folk traditions from many cultures--Celtic-Canadian, Metis, African, Scandinavian, Klezmer, Latin and more, students will experience some of the great musics of the world as expressed on the violin. Improvization and rhythm are at the heart of many of these traditions. This can be done as a one-time demonstration or participatory workshop, or extended over several sessions.