Jane Landstra – Violin (beg/int) Fiddle (all levels), Piano (beg/int)
- 40 years professional youth & adult teacher.
- UCBerkeley Graduate School of Education Teaching Credentials CA & WA
- Exceptional public school experience with the very young child through adult as well as private and group lessons.
- Recently Jane taught a “Celtic Strings” workshop week to 22 students–8 to 17 year olds in the “KYSS 2013!” Kitsap Youth Symphony summer program.
Jane tailers the lesson to the student. Engages each student in theory, notation, learning by ear and composition. Pianists use classical performance, exercise, lesson,and theory booksets. Violinists use Jane’s own popular, begining to advanced folk violin structured lesson audio materials, slow to uptempo CD’s with guitar back up, technique commentary, chords, & exercise activities. Also available Beg/Int classical theory/lessonbooks. Suzuki violin is offered beginners.
Jane has 6 recordings. Scottish CDs (Berkeley Scottish Players); New England contradance, and Norwegian music, ’70’s-2007.
She has taught violin, song, folkdance and is a dance musician for west coast music-dance camps in CA, Lark in the Morning, Mendocino Woodlands Camp, and Centrum’s International Camp, Port Townsend.
Jane teaches local quarterly beginner/intermediate, and advanced student group workshops in all Celtic traditional violin styles, and Nordic & Quebecois tunes. She leads Poulsbo’s monthly ‘Third Sunday Celtic Jam session’ and organizes the Bainbridge Island community contradances (West Sound Contradance Coalition). She
leads & teaches musicians for popular ‘Midsommer Fest’, Poulsbo. Students play all events & all are open to public participation.
Mentors: Spanish concert pianist Mrs. Isabella Magana of Berkeley CA–piano/ ear training. UCBerkeley Music Minor. Violin mentors are Quartet violinist Jack O’Brien of Berkeley; Suzuki and Starr proponents of Suzuki style teaching & materials. A few of her folk traditional teachers are Scotland’s Alistair Hardy; Jerry Holland, Buddy MacMaster (Cape Breton); Kalle Almlof, Jonny Soling (Sweden) and in Shetland, Tom Anderson.
Paul Cranford, music editor, composer published several of Jane’s compositions in his “Victoria Standard” ‘tune collection’, Halifax, Nova Scotia.
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Stuart Williams – Fiddle, Mandolin and Claw-Hammer Banjo
Stuart Williams of Seattle, WA has played fiddle for old time country, square and contra dances in the NW for some 35 years – from Flash in the Pan in the ’70’s to Pleasures of Home in the ’90’s with numerous duets, trios and larger bands along the way. Inspired as a teenager by local traditional fiddlers at square dances in southwestern Michigan, he took up the fiddle in the early ’70’s. Seeking out the older local players, first in Michigan, than Oregon and the NW, he’s made a life’s study of the Midwestern and Northwestern dance fiddle traditions. These fiddlers drove the dancers with age old bowing techniques which were adapted to playing without the benefit of modern accompaniment or electronics. From them he has absorbed a wide range of traditional styles. Northern jigs and reels merge with driving Missouri hoedowns as well as Scandinavian and Western influenced couple dances. A well known teacher in Seattle and on Bainbridge Island, he has also conducted workshops and classes throughout the Northwest and in Michigan, written for Fiddler Magazine and produced fiddle events and recordings for The Washington Old Time Fiddlers Association, Northwest Folklife and Voyager Music. His oral history and music compilations, “The Washington Traditional Fiddlers Project: Vols I – III” are among Northwest Folklife’s perennial best sellers. Most recently, he has co-authored (with Brid Nowlan) “Roses in Winter- A Celebration of Fiddlers in Washington State” and “The Evergreen Fiddler Tune Books – Volumes I & II.”
To learn more, visit Stuart at his website or contact him directly: