Sami is an extremely talented and versatile musician. She is able to make her lessons clear and accessible and fun! We have had a wonderful experience and highly recommend her instruction.”

— Emily Kaufman, parent

Teaching

Sami is now offering online fiddle lessons on the platform (Zoom, Skype, FaceTime) of your choice! 

Sami’s experience as a teacher is rooted in the excellent individual instruction she received from Ruthie Dornfeld and Dr. Amy Dodds, and in group workshops from world-class fiddlers like Natalie MacMaster, Darol Anger, Alasdair Fraser, Tristan and Tashina Clarridge, and Brittany Haas. Over the past eight years, Sami has taught workshops at camps and festivals across the United States, including Festival of American Fiddle Tunes, Wintergrass Youth Academy, Portland Fiddle Camps, Berkeley Old-Time Convention, Colorado Rockies Old-Time Festival (CROMA), Big Sur Fiddle Camp, Portland Old-Time Gathering, Oly Old-Time Gathering, and JazzED Seattle.   

Sami teaches with energy, encouragement, and humor, sharing her positive attitude with her students while challenging them with material tailored to their learning edge. She has deep respect for the traditions behind the music with a particular interest in learning tunes from female and other underrepresented sources, as too few are taught in today's repertoire. Sami also loves to convey intricacies of fiddle music dialects, with a special focus on details like ornamentation, bowing, and harmonies/chords. An expert in Old-Time fiddling, Sami can teach beginning, intermediate, and advanced fiddlers of all ages in Old-Time, Cape Breton, Bluegrass, Irish, and Scottish styles.  

Interested in learning more? Contact Sami here.