MFC Staff Offering Private Instruction

As you all know, most MFC staff members teach year-round full or part time. Many have taught in person lessons for years (or decades) but many had been teaching on-line even before the pandemic and even more now. Since there is so much uncertainty about when things will “get back to normal” we thought it would be a good idea to list the Fiddle Camp staff members who are giving lessons, both in person and online. We plan to make this list more interactive soon, but for now here is the raw data with teachers in alphabetical order, instruments offered and contact info. Just about every instrument normally offered at Camp is on the list including voice. Check it out!!!

Elizabeth Anderson – Fiddle
email: violin [dot] devil [at] hotmail [dot] com (preferred)
(774) 641-7728
Quincy, MA and Westborough, MA
Instrument: Fiddle
Format: Online and outdoor distance lessons

I specialize in Scottish fiddle styles and teaching technique through fiddle music. I teach all ages and abilities.

Jennifer Armstrong – Banjo, Fiddle, Storytelling
jenwrenmusic [at] gmail [dot] com (preferred)
207-322-2265 (text preferred over call)
Belfast, ME

  • clawhammer banjo for adult beginners and intermediate players,
  • fiddle for children and adults all levels
  • storytelling coaching for adults all levels

Format: live and via Zoom

I learned fiddle by ear (as we do at Fiddle Camp) from traveling musicians given hospitality by my parents when performing in the Chicago area.The most influential fiddlers for me from age 8 to 13 were; Michael Gorman (Ireland), Aly Bain (Shetland fiddler from the Boys of the Lough) and Fiddler Bob Beers.

Aidan Boardman
aidannboardman [at], 207-344-5322
Brooklyn, NY

Teaching in-person and online

Guitar, Voice, Ukulele, Electric Bass, Beginner Piano and Mandolin
Aidan Boardman is a multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter and music educator living in Brooklyn, NY. Originally from Lewiston/Auburn, Maine, Aidan grew up performing and enjoying music with his family and friends on and off stages all through his school days, afterwhich attending Ithaca College and earning a Bachelor’s in Music Education, studying voice with Mezzo Soprano, Professor Dawn Pierce. He continues to teach, write, and record music in all four seasons. 

Greg Boardman
bowandstring [at] gmail [dot] com
Lewiston, Maine

Instrument: Fiddle

Online or in-person

I teach all ages and levels the tunes and techniques I have picked up from the greats who have gone before as well as the greats who are among us yet, mostly people I have met and played with in our neck of the Maine woods, representative of myriad ethnicities, religions and traditions.

Baron Collins-Hill &
Free online mandolin lesson videos & sheet music

Instrument: Mandolin

Baron runs the website and youtube channel MandoLessons, which offers free mandolin lessons mostly focusing on fiddle tunes of various genres.

Louisa Engle
engle [dot] louisa [at]
Brattleboro, VT

Instrument: Fiddle, plus ear-training skills on any instrument

Online, intermittent opportunities to jam in-person in Brattleboro

During the pandemic, Louisa Engle has moved her teaching online. Now enrolling: online traditional music class for intermediate students of all ages. All melody instruments are welcome. Students will exchange video clips of themselves practicing and receive feedback from Louisa. There will be occasional video-chats in real time and intermittent opportunities to jam in-person in Brattleboro. The class repertoire is harvested from the tunes played locally by the musicians of Brattleboro in recent years including New England, Irish, Quebecois, and Old-time styles. Contact Louisa directly for more information. This class is administrated by the Brattleboro Music Center.

Liz Faiella
izfaiellamusic (at) gmail (dot) com

New Hampshire

Instrument: Fiddle


Hey fiddlers! You can take fiddle lessons with me via videochat through the Concord Community Music School, and you can also subscribe for my fiddle tune kits (with sheet music and playalong recordings) and fiddle tutorials over on

Noah Fishman
noahfishmanmusic [at] gmail [dot] com

Instruments: Mandolin, guitar, bass, music theory

Online via Zoom

Noah has been a faculty member at MFC for a number of years. He teaches mandolin, bass, guitar, and music theory to all levels, and specializes in jazz, bluegrass, and Scandinavian styles as well as old time and Irish. Noah is specifically seeking advanced and adventurous students, but is more than excited to chat about musical growth through lessons with anyone!

Alex Fortier
Alex Fortier Music School
Alex [at] PaintedBirdsMusic [dot] com
967 Long Pond Rd. Rochester, NY 14626

Instruments: Piano, Music Theory, Basic Guitar/Mandolin/Bass

Online or In-Person

Styles ranging from traditional folk genres to classical, rock, jazz!

Mia Friedman
miadfried [at] gmail [dot] com
Westfield, MA

Instrument: Fiddle


I teach many different styles all by ear! I love teaching old-time, Scottish, Irish, Scandinavian, and Quebecois tunes. I teach all levels. (I’m expecting my first child in October 2020, and I’ll be taking a short break from teaching from October-January!)

Elsie Gawler
elsiegawler [at] gmail [dot] com,
Lincolnville, ME (or greater mid-coast area)

Instrument: Cello

Online or in-person

All ages and levels with a focus on the cello within traditional music. tunes, accompaniment, chops, and harmonies. Also offering beginner Suzuki method for cello- books 1 & 2.

Sara Grey
Sara [at] saragrey [dot] net
(207) 593-8612 home
(828) 989-3617 cell
Rockland, ME

Instrument: Banjo, song, any level


I love teaching banjo and I had seven banjo students in Maine in the Rockland area before the Covid-19 hit. I am back to teaching live one on one with good distancing in my garden so I would love more students! I teach old time banjo including two finger picking. and I love to teach how to coordinate oldtime banjo and song!

Adams Kornblum
adamskornblum4 [at] gmail [dot] com
Brunswick ME

Instruments: Fiddle, Irish Flute/whistle, voice.


I play and teach traditional (wooden/irish) flute/whistle and fiddle, at all levels, as well as voice (classical etc.) Currently studying towards a degree in music (voice performance) at University of New Mexico.

Glen Loper
e-mail: glenloper [at] gmail [dot] com (preferred)
phone: (207) 837-8249
Portland, ME

Instrument: Mandolin, tenor banjo (irish tuning GDAE), beginning ukulele

Online or In-person (currently online only)

I teach primarily “by ear”, although I do use a few chord diagrams and charts. We can use sheet music if you prefer. We’ll learn about chords, scales, and music theory as we learn specific tunes and songs in our lessons. I use a digital recorder to record mp3 clips as we go along, and that I e-mail to students after each lesson. My repertoire is mostly focused on traditional fiddle music (Irish, Old-Time, New England, Contra) but we can work on whatever interests the student has.

Sylvia Miskoe
sylviasmiskoe [at] gmail [dot] com
ph: 603-225-6546
Concord NH

Instrument: Piano accordion – Scottish, New England styles

In-person or online

For contra and square dancing and for Scottish Country dancing, includes jigs, reels and strathspeys.

Nicole Rabata
nicolerabata [at] gmail [dot] com (preferred)
Scarborough, Maine and Colby College, Waterville

Instruments: Flute, Irish flute, whistle

Online only. Will teach in person again when safe to do so.

Flutist Nicole Rabata is well known for her diverse musical interests and her virtuosity in the celtic, classical and Brazilian choro genres. Holding an International Artist Diploma and Masters Degree in Performance from Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, England, she is on the faculty at Colby College and the University of Maine at Augusta. She enjoys teaching all levels and ages!

Beth Robinson
cello1 [at] twcny [dot] rr
315-212-0562 (text only)
northern NYS

Instrument: Cello, Alexander Technique

Online – FaceTime or Zoom

I teach cello as well as Alexander Technique principles to help people play their instruments with ease.

Lissa Schneckenburger
lissafiddle [at] gmail [dot] com
Brattleboro, VT

Instruments: fiddle, voice

Online only

I am excited to teach New England fiddling to all levels, as well as violin technique, voice, song writing, arranging, or music business coaching. I miss all the Maine Fiddle Campers, and hope we can connect this way instead as best we can. Keep fiddling!

Julie Vallimont
julievallimont [at] gmail [dot] com (email is preferred)
Brattleboro, VT

Online or in person during warm weather

Instruments: Piano, accordion

I teach piano and piano accordion to all levels. I specialize in children and adult beginners, and enjoy teaching everyone regardless of level and background.

Pam Weeks
fiddlerpam [at] gmail [dot] com
Bowdoin, ME

online or in-person

Instruments: fiddle, viola, cello, guitar, mandolin, mountain dulcimer, voice, piano, sax (beginners), flute (beginners), clarinet (beginners)

I teach many ages, styles and levels, depending on the instrument, both by ear and using music notation – I think it’s important to have all the tools possible for learning well – and enjoy adapting lessons to each student’s interests and needs.