Private lessons

"Setting my mind on a musical instrument was like falling in love. All the world seemed bright and changed."  - W. C. Handy


helen forsythe, banjo

Helen Forsythe teaches both clawhammer banjo and Scruggs style bluegrass banjo. She first learned the great art of banjo from lessons at the Homestead Pickin’ Parlor, and has honed those skills through many years of jamming and performing. She has played with a number of different ensembles around the area including The Triplets, the Liberty Orchestra, Cannon River Currents, and as a solo performer of bluegrass, folk, and original music. She also works with other Hot Spot resident organization Art Makers as a song writer and performer in mixed media kids shows. 


holly fischer, guitar

Holly Fischer teaches beginning to intermediate guitar lessons for all ages. She is retired from teaching elementary music in the Northfield public schools and from playing guitar for String Fever Bluegrass Band. Holly's lessons are tailored to each individual student. She will point them to appropriate music based on age and interests: always with the idea that playing guitar is a lot of fun!


delia kain, violin & fiddle

Delia was drawn to Minnesota 3 years ago to study violin repair at Southeast Technical College in Red Wing, and then to Northfield in 2016 to apprentice with master violinmaker David Folland.  Delia is continuing to learn to build and repair violin family instruments, and is an avid fiddle player.  Starting on violin at age 11, Delia played in orchestras for over a decade, and discovered the wonders of Irish and Old Time fiddle in 2013, as a student of the Florida State University College of Music. She has been teaching both violin and fiddle formally since 2015. With a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy, Delia exudes an inquisitive lightheartedness that sparks curiosity in her students' approach to music. She teaches musicians of all levels, ages and abilities, but admits to be particularly passionate about starting new violinists and fiddlers with a blank slate. 


john potts, guitar & bass