Is the gathering appropriate for children?
Absolutely! The Festival is an intergenerational gathering, and we welcome musicians of all ages and abilities to participate fully in Festival activities. In 2017, there were 54 full-time participants under the age of 21, as well as 70 players in the Kids Track.
The Kids Track
As more and more families attend Fiddle Tunes, the kids programming has annually evolved to meet the needs of very young musicians. We devote considerable resources to this end. The Kids Track is a morning-only program geared towards people from the ages of five to twelve, running from 9am to noon, Monday – Friday. It has two parts:
9:00 – 10:30am: Fiddling for Kids. Young participants will be broken into five groups based on ability, starting at the VERY beginning (“here’s how to hold a bow”). Every effort is made to integrate the more advanced groups with the styles of music of the faculty at Fiddle Tunes.
10:30 – 12:00: Kids have two choices in this time slot: either play party games, or joining the Kids Band Lab. The Kids Band is directly aligned to one of the faculty members’ styles, and will play for a dance and in the band lab concert at the end of the week. Participants who are registered in the Kids Track receive free admission to all performances, public and private, and are welcome at the evening dances as well.
The Kids Track is only available to children of registered participants, or to kids with a local zip code (98368, 98339, 98358, 98365, 98325). There is a limit of 70 Kids Track slots. Parents considering registering their child in the Kids Track should be prepared to check in their child between 8:45 and 9:00, and check out their child at 12:00 noon. Register online for the Kids Track.
If you have any questions about any of this, send Peter McCracken an email: firstname.lastname@example.org , or call 360-385-3102, x127.