Southern Appalachian
Old Time Fiddle Lessons

What if you could…

– Play music that makes listeners want to dance
– Learn and remember any fiddle tune
– Experience the excitement of jamming with others
– Grow your confidence as a musician… even if you’ve never played before
– Build a solid foundation for understanding fiddling and old-time music
– Be supported and guided along the way… while finding that learning is fun!

Michael Ismerio
Old Time Fiddle Music Teacher
Asheville, NC

I’m Michael Ismerio, and I help people find fun, joy, and belonging in music.

For 15 years, I’ve found purpose and satisfaction in helping my students to build their confidence as members of a musical community. I understand how people learn, where they get stuck, and what tools will keep them progressing. Whether you’re brand-new to fiddling or have been at it for years, I’ll create a safe and welcoming learning environment for you to move forward on your journey toward being a rockin’ musician.

INSTRUCTIONAL
FIDDLE
VIDEOS

Access my 40 instructional fiddle videos that focus on the mysteries of bowing and rhythm.

PRIVATE
FIDDLE
LESSONS

Individualized support on your fiddling journey. Taught online or in a private space in Asheville or Weaverville, NC.  Includes access to my instructional videos.

SQUARE
DANCE
CALLING

Want to learn to call dances?  Want to use square dancing to build community? I am available for hire, and can bring the band too.

TESTIMONIALS

When I stepped into my first fiddle lesson with Michael, I had no idea that I’d go home that night and be able to play a tune. He is patient, intentional, and thoughtful. His approach to teaching bowing is exactly the foundation needed not only to learn his curriculum, but also to pursue further self-guided exploration. He is an excellent fiddle teacher, and I’d recommend him to anyone!

Shane, Fiddle Student

Michael’s classes and lessons have been life-changing for me. He introduced me to old-time fiddling and broke down the intricate rhythmic bowing patterns which are so essential to getting the correct sound. It provided me with the foundation I needed to be able to jam. He makes it very easy to learn!

Julie, Fiddle Student

Michael provides a warm, safe, non-threatening environment and his flexibility allows me to drive my own learning direction and pace. If you’re on the fence about learning the fiddle, Michael is the guy to help you do it . Take the leap. You’ll love it!

Meg, Fiddle Student

ART OF BOWING VIDEO SERIES

Learn more about my teaching videos in this two minute video.

Old Time Music Fans
Check Out My Video Encyclopedia of Old Geezer Fiddlers