Is It a Fiddle or a Violin?

by  Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum

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Discover the music, history, similarities, and differences between traditional fiddle playing and classical violin technique from two professional musicians. Is It a Fiddle or a Violin? challenges students to think about music in new ways. This one-of-a-kind, interactive experience is based on the Museum’s partnership program with the Nashville Symphony.

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Multipoint: $225.00
Multipoint Premium: $200.00
View Only: 225.00
View Only Premium: $200.00
Point to Point: $225.00
Point to Point Premium: $200.00
By Request: $225.00
By Request Premium: $200.00


45 - 60 minutes

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) Pre-K Students, Kindergarten, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, Adult LearnersPublic Library: Library Patrons

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Primary Disciplines

Fine Arts, Social Studies/History

Program Delivery Mode

Videoconference - H.323 (Polycom, Cisco/Tandberg, LifeSize, etc...)
Videoconference – Webcam/desktop (Zoom, Google Meet, Cisco WebEx, GoToMeeting, Microsoft Teams, etc...)
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Provider's Cancellation Policy

Cancellations must be made at least 48 hours in advance. Program will be confirmed by education staff one week in advance and again 24 hours before the start of the program.

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Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum

Nashville, TN
United States

As an educational institution, the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum offers programs designed to actively engage students, teachers, families, and the general public. Programs expand on the story told in our exhibitions and include interactions with songwriters, musicians, and artists.

Whitley Kluesner

Program Details


1. Introduction, brief "tour" of each site:
a. Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum
b. Nashville Symphony
2. Artist Demonstrations
a. Discussion of a violin and how does a violin student learn to play classically.
b. Discussion of a fiddle and how does a student learn to play fiddle tunes.
3. Question and Answer session
4. Conclusion – Listening to a duet and hearing final thoughts from the musicians.


As a result of this class, students will:
1. Understand the differences and similarities between playing the violin and the fiddle.
2. Explain how Irish folk music influenced the sounds of American fiddle players.
3. Recognize the difference between fiddle music and classical music when played on a violin.

Standards Alignment

State Standards


General Music

K-5.GM Foundation R1
Perceive and analyze artistic work

K-5.GM Foundation R2
Interpret intent and meaning in artistic work.

K-5.GM Foundation Cn2
Relate artistic ideas and works with societal, cultural, and historical context

TN Social Studies:1.01, 1.02, 1.03, 2.02

Gather information from a variety of primary and secondary sources.

Develop historical awareness by:
? Recognizing how and why historical accounts change over time
? Recognizing how past events and issues might have been experienced by the people of that time, with historical context and empathy ratherthan presentmindedness
? Identifying patterns of continuity and changeover time, making connections to the present

1.01 Describe the cultural aspects of a place, including a student’s community and state.

1.02 Define multiculturalism as many different cultures living within a community and state.

1.03 Compare and contrast family traditions and customs among different cultures within a student’s community and state.

2.02 Compare and contrast the beliefs, customs, ceremonies, and traditions of the various cultures represented in the U.S.

Social and Emotional Learning Indicators: 1D, 2A, 3C, 4A, 5A