What is Practice Club?
FiddleQuest Practice Club is an on-line gathering where students work on the songs and skills they are learning in lessons.
Each weekday, a Practice Coach will lead students through a practice session on Zoom of songs and skills they are working on in lessons with their teacher.
Practice Club will…
Play through tunes and skills as a group
Have individuals demonstrate what they have done
Address specific questions (e.g. “Should I use a low 2nd finger?”)
Model a practice routine to students
Practice Club is the ideal supplement for students with a teacher but in need of support and encouragement between lessons.
When does Practice Club meet?*
When will it start?
What is the cost?
Practice Club costs $15 a month to participate. Students are able to participate as frequently as they wish. They can participate in different levels if they want to explore or review material. In addition, students can also participate in the daily Homebound Fiddle Sessions.
* new times are being added (see below)
When it is 3 pm PST (Oregon),
6 pm in Florida (EST)
6 pm in Bolivia
11 pm in London
12 am in Barcelona & Poland
Can I start a new Practice Club?
Yes! Don’t see a time that works for you? Have friends that want to practice together? You can start a new Practice Club!
If we can get a group of 6 or more together, we can connect the new group with a FiddleQuest coach and get your club started.
Here are some clubs that people have proposed and the number of students interested so far. Submit your request below.
Proposed Practice Club Times
Frequently asked questions
How does the Practice Club work alongside what the teacher is doing?
Practice Club will run on a consistent schedule (week 1 of the cycle = song 1). If a teacher has a student that shows interest in participating (particularly a student that does not have a strong history of practicing), the teacher can choose to work alongside that schedule by creating a practice page that includes songs and skills that are in Practice Club.
What if a student has completed the song that the Practice Club is working on?
One of the surprises that we learned from Homebound is the willingness for students to re-learn songs they already know. That is, even if they knew a song, young students often do not mind going back over them phrase by phrase!
What if a student does not complete the song by the end of the week?
While mastering a song is univerally enjoyed by all musicians, Homebound Fiddle Sessions demonstrated that students get tremendous enjoyment from working on a song with others, whether or not they complete it by the end of the week. If students are enjoying Practice Club, they can keep moving on to the next song -- whether the song is completed or not -- and then come back and complete the song on the next cycle.
Can students without a teacher participate?
The majority of FiddleQuest students work with a FiddleQuest teacher. But, as FiddleQuest is available to anyone, it is possible that some fiddlers without a FQ teacher will want to participate. If a student participates and does not have a teacher, we will communicate with them (or their parents) to find out if there is a teacher in their area. If not, then we will be happy to connect them with teachers that teach remotely. We will gently and consistently educate parents about the most important component of a successful outcome in learning the violin: a solid relationship with a good teacher. Remote teaching is definitely an option if a live teacher is unavailable, but choosing to have your child learn without a teacher is like planting a garden and choosing to save money by not watering it.
Why was the Practice Club started?
Children enjoy learning music primarily for its capacity to connect them to other people. That innate need to be with others is one of the reasons playing or practicing music between lessons can be a challenge. For many students, there are no other musicians at home to play with.
Who will lead the Practice Clubs?
Practice Clubs will be hosted by a Practice Coach.
Can students become Coaches?
Yes. The Senior Coaches will mentor middle and high school age students to eventually coach a Club on their own. Down the road, if there is enough interest, parents can form smaller Practice Clubs at times that work well with their schedule and request a trained Junior Coach to work with the students.During the pilot phase of the program, FiddleQuest will be scouting for prospective coaches within the FQ middle and high school student population.
Can my child participate in other levels above or below their current level?
What is the teaching schedule?
Practice Club will run on a 12 week cycle (except for Level 1 which will run on a 6 week cycle). Each cycle will cover the songs and skills that are in that level. You can view the schedule by clicking below.