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Ryan & Brennish Thomson

Updated Feb 2, 2024

Our Teaching

Music workshops, classes, and lessons with Ryan and Brennish Thomson

We are experienced at co-teaching classes and workshops either in-person or online

Brennish Thomson 

Brennish teaches both children and adults in his surrounding community and at fiddle schools and music camps nationally, including beginner through advanced fiddle, guitar, mandolin, hand held percussion instruments, playing in a band, and more. 


Brennish’s solo teaching:

Sweetsmill Arts Institute - Auberry, California,  - fiddle, guitar, dance stage, more, 2015 - 2023

Brennish demonstrates My Heaven Audio guitar and violin amplification systems -  2018 - 2021

Private teaching - fiddle, guitar, mandolin, tenor banjo, rhythm percussion instruments

Lark Camp, Mendocino, California,  Brennish Thomson - online staff 2021

The Thomson’s Co-teaching  credits:

Star Island Conference on the Arts, Isle of Shoals, New Hampshire - Intro to Folk Instruments, 1 week, 2006

Music Librarians Conference, Exeter, New Hampshire, 2009

New York Pinewoods Spring Weekend, foot percussion, barn dance, duo workshop 2014

Greenwood Furnace Folk Gathering, Pennsylvania - fiddle, foot percussion, pennywhistle, more, 2012 - 2021

Traditional Music and Dance Camp, TradMad -   Fiddling Thomsons on staff - 2015

Folk College, Juniata, Pennsylvania -   Fiddling Thomsons on staff - 2017 - 2019

Taste of Folk College, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania,  Fiddling Thomsons on staff - 2018

Bonesfest, Lincoln, New Hampshire - 2018

New England Folk Festival, Mansfield, Massachusetts - Thomson’s on staff 2018 -2019.

University of New Hampshire Music Department - Thomson’s coaching chamber music class 2018

Fiddle Hell - Westford, Massachusetts, Fiddling Thomsons on staff - 2020

Ryan Thomson

Ryan teaches both children and adults in his surrounding community and at fiddle schools and music camps nationally.  Instruction includes: fiddle, 5 string and tenor banjo, Celtic flute, penny whistle, piano, accordion, mandolin, ukulele, music making for the disabled; music theory; playing in a folk or contra dance band, and workshops in traditional music for conventionally trained string teachers. Ryan calls square and contra dances, couple dances, and cajun two step and waltz.

Ryan Thomson’s teaching credits:

University of New Hampshire, Div. of Cont. Education - Fiddle Classes, 1979-1982.

University of New Hampshire "Mini Courses,"  - Traditional Fiddling, 1984-1986.

Hampton School for Life Long Learning, New Hampshire - Folk Fiddling, 1985.

University New Hampshire - undergraduate class, Psychology of Music, Intro Psychology, 1979-80.

North Shore Community College - Fiddle, Folk Ensemble, 1986-1987.

Oyster River High School, Gifted Students Program - Folk Fiddling, clogging, 1987-88.

Newbury Music Workshop, Newbury, Massachusetts - Violin, Banjo, Mandolin, Accordion 1987-1994.

Newburyport Adult Education, Newburyport, Massachusetts-  fiddle, Pennywhistle, 1995.

North Eastern Music and Dance Festival NOMAD, Connecticut - Music Theory, Fiddling, Accordion, 1991-1997.

Berklee College of Music, Boston, Massachusetts - Guest Lecturer "early country music", 1994-1996.

Philadelphia Folk Song Society, Spring & Fall Flings - Fiddling Workshop, 1996, 2000.

Ocean Conservatory, Newburyport, MA - Fiddle, Banjo, Accordion, 1995-1996.

New England Folk Festival, Natick, Massachusetts, - Fiddling, Banjo, Left handed fiddling, 1986-2014.

Phillips Exeter Academy, Exeter, New Hampshire - Banjo, Fiddle, Mandolin, Accordion, whistle, 1988-2023.

Berwick Academy, South Berwick, Maine - Fiddle Styles Workshop, 1996.

SAMW, Summer Acoustic Music Week, Geneva Point, New Hampshire - Guitar, Dance Caller, 1997.

Fiddleheads String band Camp, New Hampshire - fiddle, music theory, clogging, celtic flute/whistle, piano accompaniment for fiddle tunes, dance caller, 1998 -2009.

Main Street School, Exeter, New Hampshire - Country dancing, fiddle and accordion workshop, 1999

Feile Iorras International Festival, Bemullet, Ireland - American Fiddle Styles, 1 week residency, 2000.

River Tree Arts Center, Kennebunk, Maine - Fiddle Styles Workshop, 2000.

Antrim Celtic Celebration, Antrim, New Hampshire - Beginning Pennywhistle Workshop, 2001

American String Teachers Association, NSOA, New Hampshire - Fiddling Workshop, 2002

Mainewoods Dance Camp, Maine - Fiddle and Banjo instruction, more, 1 week residency, 2002

Kittery Adult Education, Kittery, Maine - Fiddling, Contra Dance Band, Folk Music, 2000 - 2008

Festival of American Fiddle Tunes, Port Townsend, Washington - Fiddle Tutor, slow jam leader, 2003

Manchester Community Music School, Manchester, New Hampshire - fiddle, banjo, 2004

Spud Blossom Family Music Camp, Prince Edward Island, Canada - fiddle, piano, music theory, 2004

Oyster River High School Art Fest, Durham, NH - Pennywhistle, Bones, 2005

Stratham Middle School, Stratham, New Hampshire - clogging, bones, folk instruments, 2005

Brookline School District - trad. music and dance of New Hampshire, 1 wk residency, 2006

Star Island Conference on the Arts, Isle of Shoals, New Hampshire - Intro to Folk Instruments, 2006

Blueberry Fiddle Festival, Richmond, New Hampshire - fiddling workshop, contra dance band - 2007, 2009

Greenwood Furnace Folk Gathering, Greenwood, Pennsylvania - fiddle, percussion, improvisation, 2012 - 2021

New York Pinewoods Spring Weekend, foot percussion, barn dance, duo workshop 2014

Traditional Music and Dance Camp, TradMad, Pinewoods, Massachusetts - Fiddling Thomsons on staff, 2015

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