Support the Arts in Tennessee
The new Arts license plate is the most recent addition to the Specialty License Plate Program, a vital program for the arts in Tennessee. In 2013, it provided $4.5 million of the $6.3 million in grants made to over 600 organizations in every region of the state. Please see http://tn.gov/arts/SpecialtyPlatePrgm.html and help support the Arts in Tennessee!
Fiddling In The Schools
The Grand Master Fiddler Championship is working with our Board Member Crystal Plohman to participate and support her “Fiddle and Song” Fiddle curriculum as part of our Fiddling In the Schools initiative. “Fiddle and Song” fiddle curriculum is designed to work in sync with Suzuki and traditional violin methods, from the beginning level through books 2 (though the optional advanced fiddle solos are good for books 3-5ish). Kids learn fun traditional songs and chord progressions from the first pages and learn how to make fiddle breaks from these melodies, as well as variations and harmonies.
Crystal recently presented this curriculum on a national stage to an enthusiastic group of string teachers at American String Teachers Association Conference (ASTA) in Atlanta. The materials are available for purchase for $15 each for violin, viola, cello and bass at your local string provider or order from www.fiddleandsong.net. Orders of 12 or more include the piano accompaniment book for free.
Learning by Listening
Many muscians learn by ear and this has long been a wide-spread and accepted method of transmitting and learning fiddle tunes. To help make these educational materials available, the Grand Master Fiddler Championship provides free recordings of our competitions on the internet. You find find materials both on our You Tube site as well as the Livestream recordings of the entire competitions starting in 2016. Please visit our "Videos" page for a complete list of these materials. We also have several CDs for sale to support our organization and these can be found on our "Store and Merchandise" page.