Fiddlers Too Inc

We want you teach you how to practice better!

Our 2 programs through Duquesne University: 

Pump Up Your Practice Institute and Violin and Viola Boot Camp will forever change the way you practice your instrument.

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"The Original" Violin and Viola Boot Camp 2020:

Online for Summer 2020

Starts July 13!

Hours are 10-5

1/2 Day is 10-1

In our 8th year!

Camp Mission:
To create a string individual practice environment where the teacher can correct mistakes occurring during the practice sessions right when they happen. Supervised personal practice time, group technical work and instruction, and daily master classes and performances by each student. Topics also covered are sight-reading, quick music learning techniques, orchestral excerpts, and much more!


Who Are We?

We have created  2 different Summer Online Programs hosted by Duquesne University designed to help violinists, violists, and cellists vastly improve their individual practice habits. Both programs offer live monitored individual practice along with personalized tips on the spot for immediate improvement as well as Master Classes and discussions on pertinent topics to practicing.

Scroll down below to learn about:

Pump Up Your Practice Institute


Violin and Viola Boot Camp 2020


Students in Pump Up Your Practice Institute 2020

"I learned so much about practicing and would definitely do this program again!"--college music performance major


Pump Up Your Practice Institute:

Summer 2020 Successful and just completed!

This program will happen again in Summer 2021 (online)

A Summer Strings Institute through Duquesne University: Online


“Perfect Practice Makes Perfect”--Vince Lombardi

This online summer institute provides participants with a one-month personalized design of intensive instrumental practice and correct practice techniques combined with formal guidance and analysis by two professional international performing and teaching artists, Charles and Rachel Stegeman.

“After designing and sharing our daily practice plan for you, we will then drop in on your individual virtual practice room throughout the day to help shape your personal choices during practice time. We will also guide you through your practice time to make sure your practice schedule is maintained, motivated, and keeps you accountable to yourself, thus heading towards your goals in music. As needed, we will offer our ‘prescriptions’ to any faulty practice techniques that we discover based on our combined collegiate teaching experience of over 45 years. In addition, there are daily master classes to cover the myriad of important topics musicians need to know about (listed below in goals and outcomes). *This program is designed to supplement your private teacher’s efforts and goals for you, thus we recommend keeping your weekly lesson with your teacher during this time.”

-Charles and Rachel Stegeman

Goals and outcomes:

  • Organize practice

  • Know when to stop and when to keep going

  • Set short, near, and long term goals in your practicing

  • How to identify good and bad habits in your practicing

  • Clean up: pitch, sound, bow control, vibrato, coordination, shifting, bow mapping, and accuracy in all types of musical passages

  • Journal effectively

  • Schedule effectively

  • Learn quickly and efficiently

  • Use sight reading skills to help you learn more quickly

  • Break down sight reading skills to improve it


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