The Valley Youth Fiddlers are guided by six fundamental principles, which work together to create “a unique experience for youth”, families and the community.
- Family and friends are brought together through music.
- Seasoned members act as role models and mentor new members.
- An intergenerational model is used; the group is non-hierarchical and non-competitive.
- The atmosphere of the group emphasizes fun through learning.
- The group is inclusive, in that every youth who fiddles Cabbages may join and is an equal and valued member of the group.
- A spirit of generosity is fostered and encouraged among members.
- Expressiveness is emphasized and players are encouraged in “give-and-take” with the audience.
- Performances are non-verbal for the most part, so connection with the audience is made in other ways; for example, through facial expression.
- This assists the manner in which the emotional impact of the various pieces (joy, sorrow, etc.) is conveyed.
- Family members of a fiddler are encouraged to play as backup and/or participate in VYF events.
- Parents are welcome and are encouraged to be present at practices and performances.
- Parents remain responsible for the supervision of their children less than 16 years old. They may make arrangements to delegate this responsibility to another parent.
- Parents are expected to actively support the group, as well as to participate with their children and support them.
- Players are given musical direction, support and structure in a safe environment.
- Life-long skills are developed.
- Players are strongly encouraged to learn fiddle music in the traditional way: by rote or by ear.
- Players learn to evaluate and appreciate good-quality, traditional music.
- The Valley Youth Fiddlers are committed to creating opportunities to perform and share our music in our home community.
- The group is dedicated to playing great tunes, and playing them well.
- Valley Youth Fiddlers will continue to support the terrific experiences provided through out of community tours and festivals.
- Players gain a feeling of accomplishment through hard work.
- Passion for music and performance is fostered and encouraged.
- Players develop confidence as musicians and performers.
- Pride and a sense of belonging are the by-products of membership in this dynamic, proficient, and exuberant group of young musicians.