FiddleQuest is a curriculum project, co-founded by Duane Whitcomb, designed to help teachers and parents cultivate life-long violin and fiddle players.

FiddleQuest is built on these core principles:

  1. A strong ear is the most important part of a violin and fiddle player.
  2. Students should first learn to be social players before training to be performers.
  3. Students should develop fluency in a variety of styles of music, not just classical or bluegrass.
  4. Students should be taught the most important skills for life-long playing (e.g. aural learning, improvisation, comping, sight-reading.)
  5. Community is central to cultivating life-long musicianship.

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