There was a whole lot of fiddling going on at Cayley School last week.

Every elementary student in the school learns to play the Fiddle.

Once a year, they have musician Gordon Stobbe in to host a fiddle clinic during the day, and in the evening the school puts on an old fashioned barn dance.

Stobbe teaches the clinic every year, and says he enjoys going to the going to the hoe-down andseeing the progress the students.

"Once a year I am invited to come here and work with the kids," said Stobbe. "So I work with the classes all day long on new music or working on some of their music. And at night we have a great big hoe-down. The kids are all there, their parents and grandparents. The place is jammed with people."

He adds he has never seen another program like this in Canada.

"Not like where you get the whole class comes in and the teacher comes in and plays. This is highly unusual, I mean it is great."

And the finishing touch is the big barn dance in the evening.

"There is no other place in Canada where I go where there's like one hundred kids in western wear with cowboy boots and big belt buckles dancing the heel and toe polka together like professionals in Grade 1."

 

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