Youth Music Courses

Though our introductory courses, children develop a core repertoire of folk songs, and learn to play their instrument by ear. Courses are available for banjo, fiddle, guitar, ukulele, tin whistle and fiddle tunes.

Each session consists of 10 weekly 40 minute lessons, with additional help provided outside of group lessons as needed. Full scholarships, including instruments, are available for any family that qualifies for free or reduced school lunch.

All children’s courses come with a family membership valued at $150!

Membership includes:

  • Ticket discount for 4 adults, 2 children attend free
  • Family goody bag
  • Priority registration for Caffe Lena School of Music.

September 15th – November 18th

Seats available: 4 per class
Intro to Fiddle (beginner) Ages 7 – 12 Tuesdays 3:30pm-4:10pm
Fiddle 2 (intermediate) Ages 7 – 12 Tuesdays 4:15pm – 4:55pm Prerequisite for fiddle 2: must be able to play a 2 octave G major scale.
Ukulele 1 (beginner) Ages 7 – 12 Tuesdays 3:30pm – 4:10pm
Ukulele 2 (intermediate) Ages 7 – 12 Tuesdays 4:15pm – 4:55pm
Guitar 1 (beginner) Ages 7 – 12 Wednesdays 3:30pm – 4:10pm
Guitar 2 (beginner/intermediate) Ages 7 – 12 Wednesdays 4:15pm – 4:55pm Prerequisite for guitar 2: must know a few basic chords, especially G, D, and C.
Intro to Irish Tin Whistle (beginner) Ages 7 – 12  Wednesdays 3:30pm – 4:10pm
Intro to Fiddle Tunes (intermediate) Ages 11 and older Wednesdays 4:15pm – 4:55pm Prerequisite: must be comfortable with the basic mechanics of fiddle playing, including the keys of D, G, and A major, and using slurs.


Oona Grady – Intro to Fiddle, Intro to Irish Tin Whistle, Intro to Fiddle Tunes, and Fiddle 2
Oona Grady’s music career began while growing up in the rich old time and roots music community of Ithaca, NY, where she studied violin from age four, and began Irish fiddle lessons at ten. She traveled to Ireland to focus on Irish music and ethnomusicology for college and graduated with a B.Mus from University College Cork in 2008. Over the past ten years, she has built a private teaching studio specializing in Suzuki violin and Irish fiddle, as well as maintaining an active performance schedule.
James Gascoyne – Guitar 1 & 2, Ukulele, Banjo
James Gascoyne is a multi-instrumentalist performer, composer, producer, and instructor residing in Saratoga Springs, NY. A fixture of the local music scene since 2006, he’s also toured nationally with various groups from New York City and Nashville, TN. James seeks across genres with his music to spread joy and inspiration among folks both young and old.



To ask a question about the Caffe Lena School of Music or learn more about scholarships please email musicschool@caffelena.org

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