Anne Lederman


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

"Of all the fiddle instruction books in my collection, her book series stands out . . all the things that make fiddling enjoyable!"

"Small, confidence-building steps, enabling students to achieve an awesome sound, a musical ear and a beautiful heart"

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.

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 Swannanoa Gathering (North Carolina), 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, 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 and Rose Bolton offer classes at The Royal Conservatory of Music in downtown Toronto at 4 levels: Beginner, Intermediate (1-2 years experience), Intermediate II (continuation of Intermediate I) and Advanced (more than 3 years). Classes run in 14-week sessions, beginning in September and January. Advanced classes are on specific styles: Scottish, French-Canadian/Métis, Old Time Canadian, or Irish.
COST: $495 (includes 1-time Registartion fee of $25 - fourteen 90-minute sessions, ~$35 per session).

MONDAYS: Classes start Monday, January 24, 2022 (to May 9), taught by Anne Lederman
Advanced: Irish II (focussing on hornpipes/reels): 7-8:30pm
Intermediate IV: Taught by Rose Bolton, 7 - 8:30pm

TUESDAYS: Classes start Tuesday Jan. 25, taught by Rose Bolton
Beginner I (from scratch) 8 - 9:30pm
Intermediate II - 6:15 -7:45 pm.

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

Beginner: Just got a fiddle? Always wanted to learn?These classes will help you zig when you should zig, and zag when you should zag. Usuing Anne's acclaimed method, Tamarack'er Down, Rose will get your feet and bow moving in no time.

Intermediate: For those who have played a bit, whether fiddling or classical violin, here's where the real stuff starts to kick in: double-stringing, different kinds of slurring and rhythm, rhtyhm, rhythm.
Taught by Rose Bolton.

Advanced: Scottish/French-Canadian/Métis/Irish/Old Time Canadian: Great repertoire from throughout the country, this class focusses on one of the above styles each year. There is a 'book' to help you consolidate what you're learning and a series of practice videos. Anne has been lucky enough to learn from some of the masters and wants to pass it all on to you.
Grandy's Devil Tunes.mp3,

Navvy on the Line/Green Groves of Erin
Doctor Gilbert's

Sometimes Anne does workshops in other styles:

Old-Time Canadian: From The Ottawa Valley, Don Messer and many other champiions of the Old-Time style. Bowing the Strings.mp3

ONLINE WITH ANNE - You need Google Hangouts, Facetime or Zoom, they all work. We will test the connection ahead of time, 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.