Violin (Mark O'Connor Method), Fiddle
Ellery teaches most of her Powers students using the American-music-based Mark O'Connor Violin Method*. This method aims to bridge the traditional gap between fiddling and classical music with a formal method that encourages young violinists to improvise, develop an awareness of the chord progressions underlying the melody, and to think creatively from their very first tune, while also striving for technical excellence. O'Connor method violinists perform often already familiar music from bluegrass, Americana, jazz, Mexican, and Judaic traditions. For students more interested in a traditional fiddle experience, Ellery can teach aspiring fiddlers Irish and Scottish as well as old time, bluegrass and Scandinavian fiddling.
Ellery is also the director of Powers' new week-long summer strings camp, Fiddlin' on the Hill.
Ellery was classically trained, graduating from Cincinnati's famed School for Creative and Performing Arts in 1992 - also the year that she discovered and fell in love with Irish fiddling. She received an MA in Irish Traditional Music Performance from the University of Limerick in 2001. She has been a member of many Irish ensembles, most notably as the fiddler for acclaimed Irish band Gaelic Storm from 2003-2007. Currently she performs with the fiddle, flute and guitar trio Fódhla. She has taught fiddling workshops and lessons in the US, Ireland, Bermuda and Japan.
In addition to her strings teaching, Ellery is an early childhood educator, certified and experienced in teaching both Music Together and at Powers, Music Pups. She is currently a visiting music specialist for several preschools in the greater Boston area.
*Watch this video to learn more about the Mark O'Connor method.