“I had played Irish fiddle for years, when, at 13, I went into the advanced class Justin taught at the Riley School. There, I learned County Clare-style fiddling, with a smoother left-hand and a more mature sound that several native Irish players have complimented me on. Justin emphasized learning by ear, and this was the biggest benefit I acquired. I developed a flexibility that’s helped me with improvisation and enabled me to play in different styles.”

– Jack Bogard
Two-time Midwest Irish Fiddle Champion; Student, University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music


“Our daughter started with Justin at age 5. We were fortunate to find Justin. His award-winning technical skills combined with a variety of teaching techniques (listening, commercial instruction books, and specially written pieces) have kept her focused and interested. She picks up the violin to play even when it’s not time to practice! We can’t thank Justin enough for working with our daughter to attain such a level of musical enjoyment at such a young age.”

– David and Amy H.
Walton, KY


“After Justin’s 6-week U.C. Communiversity class, I started private Irish fiddle lessons (at 55!). I’ve had a blast learning about 12 tunes by ear in just 5-6 months. I improve weekly, finding I’m able to play more accurately, a little faster, and with better technique. Years ago I considered the violin, but chickened out because I wasn’t a kid. How I wish I’d started 10 years ago!

– Nancy Lawler
Goshen, OH

Fiddle, Mandolin, Nyckelharpa