Lessons and Classes

Banjo, fiddle and guitar lessons with Mark Weems

Mark Weems returns to The Prizery as a teacher of traditional music instruments. Mark and his wife Julee have performed at The Prizery many times and have been featured guests on North Carolina Public Radio's Back Porch Music and Fiona Ritchies' The Thistle & Shamrock. Mark and Julee also perform around the country with Little Windows, a mix of Appalachian and Irish music, and traditionally-based originals, with a special focus placed on unaccompanied ballads. They also explore the spiritual nature of song and harmonic sound. Julee will be teaching banjo, fiddle and guitar to students of all ages. Mark will be teaching banjo, fiddle, ukulele, dulcimer and guitar. Mark's lessons are conducted on Mondays during the afternoon and evening.  Contact Mark at markweems@frontier.com.

Violin Lessons with Kyle VanArsdalen

Kyle Van Arsdalen violin lessonsKyle VanArsdalen is an active musician who has performed solo and chamber music throughout the Midwest.  These performances include solo performances with the Toledo Symphony; concerts as a member of the Verdi String Quartet, in-residence at the University of Kentucky, and Bowling Green State University Graduate String Quartet; as well as television and radio appearances. 

While a member of the Verdi String Quartet, Mr. VanArsdalen won the 2012 Macauley Competition, and was selected by Timothy Lees, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra’s concertmaster, to perform the concertmaster solos to Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade, with the University of Kentucky Symphony Orchestra.

Currently, Mr. VanArsdalen is the lead violinist of the chamber group EnVaGe, an ensemble based in Lexington, KY.  As member of EnVaGe, he has performed a wide-range of repertoire, including works by Debussy, Reich, and Piazzolla.  He has also had the opportunity to do collaborations with composer Juan Pablo Carreño, visual artist Thom Heyer, and The Lexington Ballet.

In addition to performing, Mr. VanArsdalen is a devoted educator.  He has worked with students of all ages through teaching lessons, leading sectionals, coaching chamber music, and conducting orchestras.  Recently, he was Adjunct Professor at Georgetown College, in Georgetown, KY. 

Mr. VanArsdalen received a Bachelor of Music in Music Education and a Master of Music in Violin Performance from Bowling Green State University, where he studied with Vasile Beluska.  He was awarded the string quartet assistantship during his graduate studies at BGSU.  He has also participated in masterclasses with members of Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, Timothy Lees, Yehonatan Berick, Sherry Kloss, Time for Three, and the Parker Quartet.

Kyle teaches violin at The Prizery each Tuesday from 2:30 until 7:00.  If you would like to study with him please email him at kylevanarsdalen@gmail.com  He currently has openings in his schedule.