Music workshops, classes, and lessons with 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
In addition, he is an expert and scholar on the history, lore, and evolution of traditional
music and dance, and can easily integrate that into music instruction. He has a special
interest in the physics of sound production and can discuss those aspects as well.
Ryan authors and publishes a wide selection of instructional books, DVDs, and CDs. He
also calls traditional folk dances such as contras and squares, and teaches clogging and
cajun dance steps.
His teaching credits include:
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 - Folk Fiddling, 1985.
University New Hampshire - 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 - Violin, Banjo, Mandolin, Accordion 1987-1994.
Newburyport Adult Education - fiddle, Pennywhistle, 1995.
North Eastern Music and Dance Festival NOMAD - Music Theory for Folk Musicians, Fiddling
for Beginners, Cajun Accordion, 1991-1997.
Berklee College of Music - 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 - Fiddle for Beginners, Banjo, Left handed fiddling, 1986-2014.
Phillips Exeter Academy - Banjo, Fiddle, Mandolin, Accordion, 1988-2017.
Berwick Academy - Fiddle Styles Workshop, 1996.
SAMW - Summer Acoustic Music Week - Guitar, Dance Caller, 1 week residency, 1997.
Fiddleheads Stringband Camp - fiddle, music theory, clogging, celtic flute/whistle, piano
accompaniment for fiddle tunes, dance caller, 1998 -2009.
Main Street School - Country dancing, fiddle and accordion workshop, 1999
Feile Iorras International Festival, Ireland - American Fiddle Styles, 1 week residency,
River Tree Arts Center, Kennebunk, Maine - Fiddle Styles Workshop, 2000.
Antrim Celtic Celebration - Beginning Pennywhistle Workshop, 2001
American String Teachers Association, NSOA, New Hampshire - Fiddling Workshop, 2002
Mainewoods Dance Camp - Fiddle and Banjo instruction, more, 1 week residency, 2002
Kittery Adult Education, Maine - Fiddling, Contra Dance Band, Folk Music, 2000 - 2008
Festival of American Fiddle Tunes - Fiddle Tutor, slow jam leader, 1 week residency, 2003
Manchester Community Music School - fiddle, banjo, 2004
Spud Blossom Family Music Camp - fiddle, piano, music theory, 2 wks. residency, 2004
Oyster River High School Art Fest, Durham, NH - Pennywhistle, Bones, 2005
Stratham Middle School, Stratham, NH - 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 - Intro to Folk Instruments, 1 week residency, 2006
Blueberry Fiddle Festival - fiddling workshop, contra dance band - 2007, 2009
Greenwood Furnace Folk Gathering - fiddle, foot percussion, improvisation, 2012 - 2016
New York Pinewoods Spring Weekend, foot percussion, barn dance, duo workshop 2014
Traditional Music and Dance Camp - TradMad.org Fiddling Thomsons on staff - 2015