Fairfield Elementary Students Keep Time To Old Fashioned Music Traditions

Mar 15, 2017

Sean Ellsworth-Hoffman, known to his students as Mr. E, feels that the joy the kids get from the music they make is his most important take-away from the experience.
Credit Courtesy/Sean Ellsworth-Hoffman

Throughout the school year, Fort Wayne resident Sean Ellsworth-Hoffman teaches English as a second language at Fairfield Elementary, on the city's south side.

But his passion for playing American and Irish fiddle music drove him to create an after school club for 4th and 5th graders to learn the craft, as well.

The club meets twice a week, for an hour each session, and Ellsworth-Hoffman keeps the school's assortment of instruments in repair, and ready for action.

This year's group has performed on our own Meet the Music sound stage, and is getting ready for its appearance at the Fort Wayne FAME Festival this Sunday.

Earlier this week, WBOI's Julia Meek met with Sean to discuss what it took to begin such a project, and where this musical adventure has led.

Event Information:

Fort Wayne FAME Festival
Saturday & Sunday, March 18th & 19th, 2017
@ The Grand Wayne Center
Martin Carapia's Composition Performed by the Fort Wayne Childrens Orchestra
Sunday at 3:00 p.m.
Fairfield Falcon Fiddle Club Performance
Sunday at 3:20 p.m.
 

A complete listing of FAME Festival Events is available at its website.

Find more information on the Fiddle Club at the Fairfield Elementary School website.