Young Student Hardingfele Loan Program
Lynn Berg, hardingfele maker, long-time HFAA member and former Board member from Eugene, Oregon, has built one 1/2-size hardingfele and two 3/4-size hardingfeles, beautifully decorated and identical in all respects to full-size hardingfeles. Now Lynn and the HFAA have worked together to create the Young Student Hardingfele Loan Program. This program, administered by the HFAA, is offering these instruments on a loan basis to students of violin or other musical instrument who are between about 7 and 12 years of age*. The student is required to have a mentor, which is either a parent, music teacher or other adult living nearby, who agrees to provide regular instruction and guidance to the student during the 1-year loan period. The student's parents are required to provide regular reports of the student's interest and progress on the instrument, and are required to obtain insurance against theft or damage.
The application form, submittal instructions, and the
complete rules and conditions for the Young Student Hardingfele Loan
Program may be downloaded by clicking the button below. Applications may be
submitted either via regular mail and postmarked by the deadline, or via
email to firstname.lastname@example.org and received by
the deadline. The deadline to apply is November 15 of the year prior to the loan year. For more information please write to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rules and Application Form, Young Student Hardingfele Loan Program (PDF, 134KB)
*Note: Child age range is just a guideline. To determine which size instrument is appropriate for your child, measure from the center of the child's neck (under the chin) down the left arm to the middle of the palm. A 1/2 size fiddle is suitable for a child with a measurement of between about 19-1/2 inches up to about 21-1/2 inches. A 3/4 size fiddle is suitable for a child with a measurement of between 21 inches and 22-1/2 inches. If in doubt consult a violin teacher or a music store that sells or rents violins.