Patrick Clark is a Multi-Instrumentalist who specializes in Violin and Fiddle. He holds a Bachelors Degree in Violin Performance from Northern Arizona University, with a secondary focus on Suzuki Pedagogy. As a full time faculty member of Nevada School of the Arts in Las Vegas, NV, Patrick maintains a private violin and fiddle studio of over 30 students. He is also the Violin Program Coordinator for Rainbow Dreams Academy and is the violin instructor for "The Conservatory" at Faith Lutheran Middle School and High School. In addition to teaching full time, Patrick maintains a performing presence in Las Vegas and it's surrounding areas.
Prior to teaching full time, Patrick spent over 6 years living in Nashville, TN touring and performing with some of Country Music's biggest artists. Over three and a half years of that touring was spent performing as the Fiddle/Utility Player for Darius Rucker. In addition to Darius, Patrick toured and/or performed with Big and Rich, Lee Brice, Hunter Hayes, Sarah Evans, Collin Raye, Mark Wills, Mark Chesnutt, Roy Clark, Pam Tillis, Crystal Gayle, Brenda Lee, and many more.
While in Nashville Patrick was also able to perform on the following television shows at least once. The Oprah Winfrey Show, David Letterman, Jay Leno, The Today Show, Good Morning America, CBS This Morning, Jimmy Kimmel, Jimmy Fallon, Wendy Williams, Bonnie Hunt, The View, Dancing With The Stars, The ACM Awards, The CMA Awards, and The CMT Awards.
Patrick is known for "straddling the fence," so to speak, when it comes to musical genres. Not only is Patrick a proficient "Fiddler," but he is also a proficient "Violinist." Patrick has performed as a member/substitute with the following orchestras; Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra, Tuscaloosa Symphony Orchestra, and Las Vegas Philharmonic. Patrick has performed as a soloist with Flagstaff Symphony and Tuscaloosa Symphony. Tuscaloosa Symphony has also performed arrangements written by Patrick.
Patrick's understanding of both "Classical" music and "Fiddling," lead him to pen a Fiddle Method book titled "Fiddling, The Basics and Beyond." The book is published by publishing giant Hal Leonard. Patrick wrote the book with the Suzuki teacher in mind. It boasts 3 levels or "Versions" of the melody in increasing difficulty with an accompanying "Harmony" version, over 2.5 hours of play along tracks of varying speeds, exercises specially designed for each tune, and check lists and instructions for each each version. It's ability to be used as a stand alone method, the group setting, AND as a supplemental method has made it widely popular amongst Suzuki teachers and "Traditional" teachers, alike. The method is also supported with online tutorial videos averaging 30 minutes in length at LearnFiddle.com. For more information on the book, click HERE.
Patrick is becoming a widely known, and widely used, National Clinician. His clinician career began with Eastman Music Company over 6 years ago and has bloomed into a very successful career. He has been chosen to present at the renowned American String Teachers Association Convention, multiple times.