Fiddle class will resume 
the last week of January

6  Wednesday nights

in Berkeley, 7:30 to 8:45 PM

Jan 29th through March 11th

(skipping Feb 12th)

$140 for the full session $30 for drop ins

Cancelled for the time being...

Karen Celia Heil, a skillful, fun and enthusiastic teacher, is an expert fiddler and guitarist with a special love of Old~Time Southern American fiddle music.

In a class or private lesson format, Karen creates a relaxed and fun environment for her students. She emphasizes learning by ear, and learning how to practice.  The sources of the music are mined, usually from old field recordings, current respected fiddle players, and scratchy 78s.  Attention is paid to the rhythms that give Old~Time music its distinctive yet elusive sound.  Classes are held in Berkeley, and at

Karen's home studio in Bernal Heights.  Private lessons are held at the studio, or in home visits can be arranged.


Karen has been part of the teaching staff at the Festival of American Fiddle Tunes, Ashokan Southern Week, Austin String Band Festival, the Gainsborough Festival in the UK, Grass Valley CBA Camp, the Berkeley String Band Class, Lark In the Morning Music Camp, the Minnesota BG and OT Festival, the Hiawatha Traditional Music Festival, and 2019 will mark her 8th year teaching at the Freight & Salvage's Fiddle Kids Camp.  Karen's 2018 schedule included teaching both guitar and fiddle at the Swannanoa Gathering Old~Time Week, and teaching at NimbleFingers Bluegrass and OT Music Camp and Festival in BC Canada.

Karen performs with the Bucking Mules, KC & the MooNshine Band, Plaid Strangers, and with many luminaries of Old~Time and Roots music. She has won awards for her playing, at Clifftop with the Bucking Mules (First, First, Second and Fourth), also at Clifftop for her fiddling (Second), and at the Santa Barbara Fiddler's Festival (First and First).

Past projects include the Knuckle Knockers, Fireball StringBand, the Creole Belles cajun band, and Axel Eeph.  Her performing experience includes being cast in the award winning production of the musical “Fire On the Mountain” (2015) and the Kate Weare Dance Company production and recording of “Brightlands” (2011).  A natural livewire, she brings lots of spark and current to her teaching practice, and to Old~Time music at large!