Fiddle Lessons by Robyn Silva
Robyn “Little Bird” Silva offers fiddle lessons out of her studio in Edgewood (near Tacoma), WA, and online via Skype and FaceTime. She also teaches mandolin and beginning guitar. Her students range from young to “seasoned”, who come to her with musical backgrounds that range from none whatsoever, to accomplished.
Robyn’s fiddle lessons focus on grass roots traditional music; Old-Time, Appalachian, Cajun, and a variety of international folk styles (Cajun and Swedish are her favorites).
Robyn has attended numerous music workshops and training sessions, including 20 years at the Centrum Center for the Arts in Port Townsend for fiddle, voice, and mandolin training, WA, Folk Lore Village in Wisconsin to study Swedish music, and most recently at the Augusta Heritage Center of Davis and Elkins College in West Virginia. She frequently raises funds for scholarships to Centrum for some of her students so that they can gain exposure to some of the best Old Time musicians from all over the world. See the sidebar on the What Students Say page for more information about her scholarships.
She directs a band called Hot Strings made up of some of her students, to give them exposure to playing live in front of an audience. They have performed at venues such as the Puyallup Fair, the American Diabetes Walk in Point Defiance, and at the Meeker Mansion in Puyallup.
Robyn also teaches music, dance, and theater to disabled adults and children (see the Disabled Students tab above), making connections that bring remarkable results.
In addition to her fiddle lessons and mandolin lessons, Robyn plays in Jam On My Muffin, an acoustic string band playing a wide range of music, from Old-Time, to Cajun, to Appalachian, to Quebecois, to Irish, and a lot of other international folk music. Visit jamonmymuffin.com to learn more about them.
Outside of music, Robyn is an avid runner, enjoys hiking, practices yoga, attends contra dances, and has been a committed Dragon Boat racer for 5 years.