The Wild Rose Old Tyme Fiddlers Association (“WROTFA”) exists to encourage, foster and develop an appreciation of Old Time Music in a spirit of friendship, and to preserve this musical heritage for our generation and for future generations to enjoy. Those future generations are very important to our Association.
To that end, WROTFA provides an Adult Beginner Class and a Novice-Intermediate Class. See information below on each of these classes.
The Junior Group Fiddle Class program for children ages 7 to 12 years of age offered in the spring of 2022 was not as successful in retaining fiddlers as we had hoped. After our previous session we reviewed the feedback which indicated that younger children retain more and are more likely to continue with the violin/fiddle where private lessons are part of the learning process. In the group setting the instructor is not able to provide the attention to each individual child that is required to make the learning experience as enjoyable and productive as it could be on a one-on-one basis. Therefore the WROTFA board has decided it will not be offering this program in the foreseeable future. We do invite you to contact any of the very qualified instructors in the Edmonton region to arrange lessons for your child.
If you are in need of a fiddle for these lessons, we do have several half-size fiddles available which you could use to get your child started. All we ask is a deposit of $100 for the fiddle which would be refunded to you once you return the fiddle. Some of the instructors which are presently offering fiddle lessons for juniors are listed on our website at
Group Fiddle Classes
This class is suited to people with some familiarity with music, although it is not necessary to read music. The instructor will focus on teaching students the fiddle fundamentals of bowing, fingering, scales and arpeggios while learning old time music tunes in a group setting.
This hour long class is best suited to adult beginners who can play at least one simple tune on the fiddle, showing some knowledge of the strings and the bow. Teaching tunes is mainly done by ear, with sheet music with both notes and tabs being provided as a reference. Students are encouraged to bring a recording device to class to use as further reference in practicing between lessons. Over the year this may lead to a set list of tunes to review in class between September and June. Newcomers can join at any time.
For more information contact the instructor, Donna Ingram by phone or text at 780-405-5727.
NEXT SESSION DATE: Monday, September 12 to and including Monday, December 12, 2022
TIME: 7:00 to 8:00 P.M. (in person only – no Zoom option offered)
Future sessions are scheduled for 2023 - January 2 to March 27 and April 3 to June 26.
Novice Intermediate Group
The WROTFA Novice-Intermediate class will start up another session on Monday, September 12, 2022.
The adult intermediate group class is for fiddlers who have acquired a range of basic skills and old-time fiddle tunes and are ready to work on more complex or up-tempo tunes. Bowing patterns may be discussed when relevant to particular tunes but the main focus is on expanding your repertoire, drawing on a number of familiar composers in the prairie old time genre.
The instructor for this session is Troy Gates.
NEXT SESSION DATE: Monday, Sept 12 to and including Monday, December 12, 2022
TIME: 8:30 PM TO 9:30 P.M.
LOCATION for above classes: Pleasantview Community Hall, 10860 - 57 Avenue Edmonton (you will then be directed to the Marshall Centre which is the smaller building located on same parking lot
NOTE: As the WIFI in the Marshall Centre is unstable so reception and connection is not that great - therefore no Zoom option will be offered.
COST for Adult Beginner or Novice Intermediate: Prepayment of $75 and a current membership with WROTFA is required.
Prepayment can be sent via e-transfer to email@example.com or at the hall. This prepayment includes sitting in on the fiddle jams held every Monday in the main hall after class - so please join us - get to know your fellow musicians.
The main hall opens at approximately 6:30 p.m. with the regular “round the circle” jam session starting at 7:00 p.m. There is a break for socializing from 8 to 8:30; the circle jam session will continue in the main hall until 10 pm and you are invited to stay. Third Mondays of the month the Marshall Centre is not available so everyone is encouraged to attend the main hall to listen and put into practice the skills you are gathering at class.
Guests are welcome to attend the entire evening in the Pleasantview Community Hall by paying a nightly admission of $5. The nightly admission for class attendees is already included in your prepayment.