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Kate MacLeod teaches songwriting and fiddle workshops in schools, concert outreach programs, summer camps and at music festivals. She designs workshops for the needs of an individual event and offers a variety of subjects including, but not limited to,
these classes listed below. Private music lessons are also available for acoustic guitar and violin/fiddle. 

Kate MacLeod has many years of experience in teaching music lessons for beginners to advanced players. She is an excellent teacher to introduce your child to the world of music; she also offers lessons for more established players who want to explore their instrument and expand their repertoire, specializing in improvisation and fiddle playing. 

Improvisation for Strings
This class enables students to enhance their skills for improvisation,
to exercise, and to explore their natural ability to create music.

Fiddle Playing
This class is a general approach to fiddle playing including left and right hand techniques, bowing patterns and stylistic aspects, covering differences in genres.​


“We have featured Kate in our school concerts for elementary school children. The children were energized and motivated. If you are considering working with her, by all means do what you have to, to get her in front of an audience.”

Jeff Whiteley, Director of Excellence in the Community Concert Series, UT



Ira Hantz



Fiddle Tunes
In this class students learn new tunes by ear to increase their repertoire and exercise ear training.​
Celtic Fiddle
This class demonstrates similarities and differences among the various
styles of celtic fiddling and concentrates on Irish, Scottish and Cape Breton styles.​


Fiddle for the Classically Trained
This class specifically demystifies stylistic differences between classical violin playing and the art of fiddling, and broadens students' understanding of what the violin can do.​


This songwriting workshop includes some presentation and sharing of original songs. Students can also explore how to create songs out of the own poetry. Classes can be organized into age groups for schools.
Songwriting Critique Session
This class gives the music students a chance to share their original songs, in a casual and supportive atmosphere with comfortable discussions about editing and improving songwriting skills.​
Kate's workshop experience includes...
Violin/Fiddle and Guitar

Camp Back-Up, Hancock, NH

Groovefest, Cedar City, UT

Snowbird Folk and Bluegrass Festival, Snowbird, UT

Bridger Folk Music Society, Logan, UT

Utah State University, Logan, UT

Southern Utah State University, Cedar City, UT

Children's Music Conservatory, Salt Lake City, UT

Sioux River Folk Festival, Souix River, SD

Northwest Folklife Festival, Seattle, WA

Logan Summerfest, Logan, UT,

Guitar-Folk and Bluegrass Festival, Deer Valley, UT



Riff's Acoustic Music, Park City, UT

Songwriter Academy: in conjunction with the Utah Arts Festival, Salt Lake City, UT
Writers at Work, Westminster College, Salt Lake City, UT
Farm Folk Festival, Tremonton, UT

Northwest Folklife Festival, Seattle, WA

Children's Music Conservatory, (2-week session, ages 10-16) Salt Lake City, UT

The Jackson St. Junction, Ogden, UT

Wasatch Academy, 3-hour workshop for music class, Mt. Pleasant, UT

Southern Utah Songwriting School, assistant instructor, St. George, UT​


History of Song
The Connection Between Traditional Song and Popular Song 
This class is a lecture designed for music students where they study traditional song formats that function in modern songwriting.
It encourages students to research older song styles and to embrace the derivative aspects of music.

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