A life long student of the fiddler herself, one of Dakota's greatest joys is teaching and sharing what she knows. In 2017 after moving home to West Virginia from Baltimore, MD, Dakota decided to dedicate herself to full time teaching. Her student base continued to grow until it was more than her little living room could hold. In 2019 Dakota built and opened her own traditional roots music school called 'The Cat and The Fiddle' in Capon Bridge, WV. There she continues teaching and pouring out her understanding of old-time fiddle to students of all ages.  

As a student of both old-time music and classical violin, Dakota likes to bring the best of both worlds, by teaching the techniques and posture of classical violin, but to the tunes and themes of old-time music, to help create a more well rounded musician. In accordance with the style of old-time music, most of her teaching is done in the oral tradition through learning by ear. She does include some music theory and reading music in her curriculum as students progress. All ages 7+. 

To find out more, or setup a lesson you can email: or call: 443-860-2461 


In Person
$35 per half hour / $70 hour

The Cat and The Fiddle 
152 Capon School Street, 
Capon Bridge, WV 26711 


Online Lessons 
Learn from anywhere in the world through ZOOM or SKYPE! 

$35 per half hour / $70 hour


Since the onset of Covid-19 in the US, I have been finding creative ways to share my music and stories from afar. I am exciting to announce the launch of my Patreon account on July 6th, 2020. Through a subscription on Patreon you can receive updates every week, 2 weeks or once a month with content like Oldtime Fiddle Lessons, Tune & Tales (at the special request from some of my fans who love hearing the stories behind the music I play!) and Exclusive Online Concerts. All of this for a fraction of the cost of regular private lessons. Find out more by visiting: