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Ryan & Brennish Thomson

Updated September 16, 2021

Music workshops, classes, and lessons with Ryan and Brennish Thomson

We are experienced at co-teaching classes and workshops either in-person or online

Brennish Thomson 

Brennish teaches both children and adults in his surrounding community and at fiddle schools and music camps nationally, including beginner through advanced fiddle, guitar, mandolin, hand held percussion instruments, playing in a band, and more. 


 

Brennish’s solo teaching:

Sweetsmill Arts Institute - Auberry, California,  - fiddle, guitar, dance stage, more, 2015 - 2019


Brennish demonstrates My Heaven Audio guitar and violin amplification systems -  2018 - 2021


Private teaching - fiddle, guitar, mandolin, tenor banjo, rhythm percussion instruments


Lark Camp, Mendocino, California,  Brennish Thomson - online staff 2021


The Thomson’s Co-teaching  credits:

Star Island Conference on the Arts, Isle of Shoals, New Hampshire - Intro to Folk Instruments, 1 week, 2006


Music Librarians Conference, Exeter, New Hampshire, 2009


New York Pinewoods Spring Weekend, foot percussion, barn dance, duo workshop 2014


Greenwood Furnace Folk Gathering, Pennsylvania - fiddle, foot percussion, pennywhistle, more, 2012 - 2021


Traditional Music and Dance Camp, TradMad -   Fiddling Thomsons on staff - 2015


Folk College, Juniata, Pennsylvania -   Fiddling Thomsons on staff - 2017 - 2019


Taste of Folk College, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania,  Fiddling Thomsons on staff - 2018


Bonesfest, Lincoln, New Hampshire - 2018


New England Folk Festival, Mansfield, Massachusetts - Thomson’s on staff 2018 -2019.


University of New Hampshire Music Department - Thomson’s coaching chamber music class 2018


Fiddle Hell - Westford, Massachusetts, Fiddling Thomsons on staff - 2020



Ryan Thomson

Ryan teaches both children and adults in his surrounding community and at fiddle schools and music camps nationally.  Instruction includes: fiddle, 5 string and tenor banjo, Celtic flute, penny whistle, piano, accordion, mandolin, ukulele, music making for the disabled; music theory; playing in a folk or contra dance band, and workshops in traditional music for conventionally trained string teachers. Ryan calls square and contra dances, couple dances, and two step and waltz.


Ryan Thomson’s teaching credits:

University of New Hampshire, Div. of Cont. Education - Fiddle Classes, 1979-1982.


University of New Hampshire "Mini Courses,"  - Traditional Fiddling, 1984-1986.


Hampton School for Life Long Learning, New Hampshire - Folk Fiddling, 1985.


University New Hampshire - undergraduate class, Psychology of Music, Intro Psychology, 1979-80.


North Shore Community College - Fiddle, Folk Ensemble, 1986-1987.


Oyster River High School, Gifted Students Program - Folk Fiddling, clogging, 1987-88.


Newbury Music Workshop, Newbury, Massachusetts - Violin, Banjo, Mandolin, Accordion 1987-1994.


Newburyport Adult Education, Newburyport, Massachusetts-  fiddle, Pennywhistle, 1995.


North Eastern Music and Dance Festival NOMAD, Connecticut - Music Theory, Fiddling, Accordion, 1991-1997.


Berklee College of Music, Boston, Massachusetts - Guest Lecturer "early country music", 1994-1996.


Philadelphia Folk Song Society, Spring & Fall Flings - Fiddling Workshop, 1996, 2000.


Ocean Conservatory, Newburyport, MA - Fiddle, Banjo, Accordion, 1995-1996.


New England Folk Festival, Natick, Massachusetts, - Fiddling, Banjo, Left handed fiddling, 1986-2014.


Phillips Exeter Academy, Exeter, New Hampshire - Banjo, Fiddle, Mandolin, Accordion, whistle, 1988-2021.


Berwick Academy, South Berwick, Maine - Fiddle Styles Workshop, 1996.


SAMW, Summer Acoustic Music Week, Geneva Point, New Hampshire - Guitar, Dance Caller, 1997.


Fiddleheads String band Camp, New Hampshire - fiddle, music theory, clogging, celtic flute/whistle, piano accompaniment for fiddle tunes, dance caller, 1998 -2009.


Main Street School, Exeter, New Hampshire - Country dancing, fiddle and accordion workshop, 1999


Feile Iorras International Festival, Bemullet, Ireland - American Fiddle Styles, 1 week residency, 2000.


River Tree Arts Center, Kennebunk, Maine - Fiddle Styles Workshop, 2000.


Antrim Celtic Celebration, Antrim, New Hampshire - Beginning Pennywhistle Workshop, 2001


American String Teachers Association, NSOA, New Hampshire - Fiddling Workshop, 2002


Mainewoods Dance Camp, Maine - Fiddle and Banjo instruction, more, 1 week residency, 2002


Kittery Adult Education, Kittery, Maine - Fiddling, Contra Dance Band, Folk Music, 2000 - 2008


Festival of American Fiddle Tunes, Port Townsend, Washington - Fiddle Tutor, slow jam leader, 2003


Manchester Community Music School, Manchester, New Hampshire - fiddle, banjo, 2004


Spud Blossom Family Music Camp, Prince Edward Island, Canada - fiddle, piano, music theory, 2004


Oyster River High School Art Fest, Durham, NH - Pennywhistle, Bones, 2005


Stratham Middle School, Stratham, New Hampshire - clogging, bones, folk instruments, 2005


Brookline School District - trad. music and dance of New Hampshire, 1 wk residency, 2006


Star Island Conference on the Arts, Isle of Shoals, New Hampshire - Intro to Folk Instruments, 2006


Blueberry Fiddle Festival, Richmond, New Hampshire - fiddling workshop, contra dance band - 2007, 2009


Greenwood Furnace Folk Gathering, Greenwood, Pennsylvania - fiddle, percussion, improvisation, 2012 - 2021


New York Pinewoods Spring Weekend, foot percussion, barn dance, duo workshop 2014


Traditional Music and Dance Camp, TradMad, Pinewoods, Massachusetts - Fiddling Thomsons on staff, 2015

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