Teaching, Lessons and student performances

Walker St. Fiddlers

Intro

Scott Walker & The Walker Street Fiddlers

The Walker Street Fiddlers is a group of student musicians of all ages, from elementary to adult. Directed by Scott Walker, the group’s common thread is a love of music, particularly traditional Irish and American fiddle music.

 

The “Walker Streets” are comprised mostly of fiddlers, but can include violas, cellos, guitars, mandolins and even accordions. The group performs at venues in the Greensboro NC area, and has a once a month regular gig, presently at “The Social” restaurant on the first Wednesday of the Month.

The benefits of playing in the group are easy to see. One of Scott’s goals is to offer an enjoyable experience, where the anxiety of performing music is transformed into a pleasant social activity. Most of the students are violin players who are studying classical music, in a school group or with a private teacher. Scott prefers the students who are in these situations continue with these lessons. If there is time and interest, many students welcome the chance to discover diversity in a relaxed atmosphere.

This is not to say that the playing of fiddle music is not a fine art, worthy of careful study. Scott’s sees that the Walker Street Fiddlers acts as an entry point to the world of acoustic, or “informal” music that can lead to a long-term relationship for students who are inspired. We strive for a high level of performance and usually are successful!

Students are welcome to join the group, and in order to do so, they should contact Scott Walker and make an appointment to consider the options. Students are required to have one private or a semi-private lesson per month with Scott, and to participate in one group lesson per month as well. Participation in our gigs and performances is on a voluntary basis.

Many of our members enjoy the various events that the Walker Family Band sponsors, most notably our Summer Fiddle Camp in Blowing Rock. Here students from all over the country join in a week of jamming, learning performing, singing, dancing, swimming, and the basic fun things a summer camp should bring.

Cello Teaching

Scott has been teaching cello for 50 years and has taught a large number of students during that time.
He is a veteran Suzuki cello clinician and teaches currently at the Colorado Suzuki Summer Institute in
Copper Mt. Colorado. He has taught at many institutes and workshops all over the country in places as
diverse as Alaska, Florida and New Hampshire. Please keep him in mind for your next workshop or cello
festival!

He has a series of books out called “Irish Tunes for the Young @Heart” for Fiddlers, Violists and
Cellists which includes Irish and American music for students. These books are available by contacting
Scott at thewalkerfamilyband@gmail.com. These publications and string orchestra pieces
composed by Scott will be available on this web site very soon!

Music Shop

CDs, Sheet Music & Scores

New: String Orchestra Music from Scott Walker

I am excited to offer these string pieces that have been on my computer for way too long! I wrote these mainly for my school orchestras over the years. They range from very easy orchestra pieces to high school level, and above. I will be adding music for sale here, so watch for my updates and visit here often!

As you search you will see a description of the piece, with prices, a sample of the score, and an MP3 so you can hear the whole piece. Some are live performances, and some are midi sounds from my computer (sorry!).

Please watch for my updates as more pieces are added. The first four pieces are fun to play, and the melodies are easy to memorize! Here are versions of the tunes you can use as solo pieces, with piano accompaniment, and usable as supplemental material to Suzuki Repertoire.

I hope you and your students find these pieces enjoyable. I would love to hear from you about your experiences with the music! With my private students and my orchestras, I have always tried to adhere to Dr. Suzuki’s tenant that it is better to have students perform music below their “learning level”. Then the students are not playing music that is too hard for them. They will feel their confidence grow as they prepare the piece, and you have a chance to work on the finer points of the music: tone, intonation, ensemble and interpretation! 

As a Suzuki cello teacher, many times I taught multi-level groups. It became necessary to combine advanced players with less inexperienced ones. This is of course a constant challenge we have as teachers. Finding music that combines interesting challenges for everyone is the goal. When this happens successfully, it can be very satisfying. With my beginning tunes I hope to provide some music in this vein. The less experienced students benefit by hearing the more advanced ones, and the advanced ones are challenged to be leaders, to make the group sound better, and to be role models for the younger ones. This is a way to enhance the good of all!.

Thank you for considering purchasing! Hopefully ordering these PDF’s will be quick and easy. You are free to make copies as you need them, but I ask that you please not share the music with others! Instead just share our web site.

Thank you, Scott Walker

Irish, Old Time and International Fiddle Tunes

compiled and arranged by Scott Walker

Here you will find my tune books that I am happy to say have been used by many people for many years. The music has proved to be appealing to students, arranged with chord suggestions for accompanying instruments, and with harmony parts that gives the music depth and variety. Each book comes with a CD, so students can learn by ear, the traditional way of learning and performing this style of music. The books for sale are the “Irish Tunes for Young @ Heart Fiddlers”, the “Walker Street Fiddlers Ireland Tour Book 2007”, and music from “Travlin” the Walker Family Band’s CD.

“Irish Tunes for Young @ Heart Fiddlers” is comprised of very familiar Irish session tunes. Produced for Violists and Cellists, all the songs are in the same key and can be enjoyed together. The “Ireland Tour” book is basically the set list of music the group used on their trip to Ireland in 2007. The first half of the book includes another group of well-known Irish tunes, and the second half has traditional American fiddle tunes and songs, the ones that were the most popular while we were there.

The ‘Travlin’ CD was made by the Walker Family Band many years ago, and the tunes are well known classics at our camps and concerts! The tunes are written by members of the band, and the sounds run from American Old Time, to Irish style waltzes and to several unusual points in between. Only available in treble clef and bass clef, the book offers the melodies with suggested chords, and a number of tunes arranged for ensembles.

The tunes and the tune books have been used by many people in many different situations. They are perfect for those informal times that call for music that is uplifting and fun. I have used them in all kinds of teaching situations, private lessons, workshops and Institutes. I find that teaching fiddle music improves student’s abilities in many areas: in rhythm, in listening and ear training, in becoming more facile, and in confidence, yes and even in learning to be entertaining when you perform. These are the steps to becoming more like a professional! You must enjoy it first before you can really communicate the music to others! I have found that certain students who are maybe in a slump with their classical lessons that fiddle music re-energized them to their instruments! Also, one of my goals has been to help bring families and groups together through fiddle music!

I developed these books for use with my local Greensboro group, “The Walker Street Fiddlers”. With that group I enjoy tailoring how the group performs the tunes according to the strengths of the players. I like to feature soloists or small groups on the repeats. As I am leading, I sometimes make new arrangements up on the spot! Preparing the students to be flexible in this way teaches them that when you play ‘informal’ music, it is more exciting and authentic when creativity and spontaneity are at the forefront!

I am looking forward to offering more Irish tunes and some String Orchestra music soon! Please look back here for more options.

Thank you,
Enjoy Shopping!
Scott Walker

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