A life long student of the fiddler herself, one of Dakota's greatest joys is teaching and sharing what she knows. In 2017 after moving home to West Virginia from Baltimore, MD, Dakota decided to dedicate herself to full time teaching. Her student base continued to grow until it was more than her little living room could hold. In 2019 Dakota built and opened her own traditional roots music school called 'The Cat and The Fiddle' in Capon Bridge, WV. There she continues teaching and pouring out her understanding of old-time fiddle to students of all ages.
As a student of both old-time music and classical violin, Dakota likes to bring the best of both worlds, by teaching the techniques and posture of classical violin, but to the tunes and themes of old-time music, to help create a more well rounded musician. In accordance with the style of old-time music, most of her teaching is done in the oral tradition through learning by ear. She does include some music theory and reading music in her curriculum as students progress. All ages 7+.
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