In Person Classes
The Cat and The Fiddle offers private classes on a variety of instruments.
To schedule a class reach out to the teacher of your choice, or contact us for general inquiries at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dakota Karper - Old Time Fiddle, Clawhammer Banjo
Dakota Karper was born and raised in rural West Virginia where she grew up surrounded by Appalachian Old-time music. From a young age she took to this music with great abandon. Absorbing as much as possible, she apprenticed under master fiddler Joe Herrmann, spent weeks at Augusta Heritage Center, participated in various music festivals in and around West Virginia and studied classical violin at the Shenandoah Arts Academy in Winchester, VA. After spending 7 years in Baltimore, MD, Dakota moved back to establish her home base in Capon Bridge, WV where she now teaches Appalachian fiddle and performs regularly in the surrounding region.
Influenced heavily by a culture that values its roots and heritage, Dakota has created a voice of her own that combines clear haunting melodies, driving bow strokes, and settled rhythmic grooves. Dakota was a founding member of the 'Short Mountain String Band', and "Hay Fever" and has most recently been performing with Brendan Hearn as 'Hemlock and Hickory' and with Megan Mette and Julius Bjornson as 'Devil in the Mill'. In 2019 Dakota opened her own traditional roots music school called 'The Cat and The Fiddle'.
Contact: email@example.com or call 443-860-2461
Cost: $35 per half hour class
Age Levels: Children and adults (Age 7 minimum)
Johanna Murray - Piano, Voice
Johanna Murray grew up in Omaha, NE and received her BA in studio art from Grinnell College (2012). She has been playing piano and singing since she was 8 years old, studying under instructor, Phyllis Dunne, for 10 years. She has continued practicing music and performing throughout her adult life, and recently studied piano under Hampshire County native and local pianist Jim Townsend. Johanna sang in the Nebraska Children’s Chorus for 8 years under the tutelage of world renowned conductors, including Dr. Z Randall Stroope. Music has always played an important role in Johanna’s life and she currently plays as a duo with her husband, Mike Everson.
Mike Everson - Guitar
Guitarist, singer, and songwriter Mike Everson started playing guitar 15 years ago in his hometown of Omaha, NE. Initially self-taught, he played blues and rock music as a hobby in high school. In 2008, he was accepted into the University of Nebraska-Omaha School of Music, where he began playing jazz-guitar as a student of guitarist Jeff Scheffler. During his college years he was routinely playing in bar-band gigs, and began teaching guitar at the School of Rock-Omaha. He also collaborated with a few friends in a band called “The Penrose Stairs”, releasing the album Apophenia (2013). Upon graduation in 2012, Mike continued to teach and became Music Director of SOR-Omaha until his departure in 2014.