GMFC Youth Fiddle Workshop

The annual Grand Master Fiddler Championship Youth Fiddle Workshop will be held June 12th and June 13th, 2024 from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm at the W.O. Smith Music School (1125 Eighth Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203). The workshop is for ages 18 and under (or any college aged student actively enrolled in an undergraduate program) and is completely FREE to attend.




Beginner to advanced level players are welcome to attend and there will be classes directed towards both levels. The workshop is focused on introducing fiddling to students who are either unfamiliar with it and/or in need of direction to further their skills. If you are unsure which level you are at, we will conduct placement briefly before the workshop starts. Students may attend any level of class they choose as long as they understand it will be paced accordingly. 


The workshop features professional musicians from the Nashville area as instructors and includes lead instructor Justin Branum (Grand Ole Opry Staff Band and former Grand Master Fiddler Champion), Elaine Winters (highly regarded string educator and certified to teach both Suzuki and O'Connor violin methods), special guest instructor Tim Crouch (in demand session musician and fiddle contest champion), Joe Spivey (member of “The Time Jumpers”) and more, along with our staff rhythm section consisting of Tom Holzen, “Ranger Doug” Green (Grammy award winning member of the “Riders in the Sky” and “The Time Jumpers”), Mike Bub (Grammy award winning Nashville session musician and in demand touring musician).


PRIZE GIVEAWAYS will be announced soon.


The workshop schedule is subject to change based on enrollement. We will be giving all students sheet music/tab, audio files, workshop mementos (such as rosin), and more. Lunch will not be provided; however we will take an hour and thirty-minute break for students to get their own lunch in the downtown Nashville area which has a huge selection of great restaurants. We will also offer snacks and water during breaks.  


Registration is limited to 40 people. There is no cost for the workshop.  For more information, please email

The location for this workshop is the W. O. Smith School of Music, 1125 8th Ave. S, Nashville, TN 37203.




 (Note: All Times Are CDT - Central Daylight Savings Time,

  Final schedule is subject to change.)



8:30 am - 9:15 am           

Arrival, Check-In, Level Placements, & Orientation (advanced students may arrive after lunch if they prefer)


9:15 am - 10:15 am          

Beginner Fiddle Class 1                                      Instructor: Elaine Winters

Intermediate Fiddle Class 1                               Instructor: Justin Branum 


10:15 am - 10:30 am                                     Break


10:30 am - 11:30 am                     

Beginner Fiddle Class 2                                     Instructor: Elaine Winters

Intermediate Fiddle Class 2                              Instructor: Justin Branum


11:30 am - 1:00 pm                                       Lunch Break


1:00 pm - 2:00 pm            

Beginner Fiddle Class 3                                      Instructor: Elaine Winters

Intermediate/Advanced Fiddle Class 1           Instructor: Tim Crouch 


2:00 pm - 2:15 pm                                        Break


2:15 pm - 3:15 pm              

Special Fiddle Demonstration/Q & A             Tim Crouch


3:15 pm - 3:30 pm                                        Break


3:30 pm - 4:30 pm                                       Instructor Led Jamming                                  





9:00 am - 10:00 am          

Beginner Fiddle Class 4                                     Instructor: Elaine Winters

Intermediate/Advanced Fiddle Class 2          Instructor: Tim Crouch 


10:00 am - 10:15 am                                    Break


10:15 am - 11:15 am                       

Beginner Fiddle Class 5                                     Instructor: Elaine Winters

Intermediate/Advanced Fiddle Class 3         Instructor: Tim Crouch 


11:15 am - 1:00 pm                                      Lunch Break


1:00 pm - 2:00 pm          

The Time Jumpers Fiddlers                            Joe Spivey and Justin Branum

 demonstrate and teach twin and harmony fiddling        


2:00 pm - 2:15 pm                                      Break


2:15 pm - 4:15 pm              

Fiddle Demonstration/Q&A                           Students perform with special guests


4:15 pm - 4:30 pm                                   Prize Giveaways and socialize with Instructors


Funding for this educational program is made possible by a grant from the Tennessee Nonprofit Arts & Culture Recovery Fund  and the Tennessee Arts Commission.

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