Violin and Fiddle Lessons

Hi, I’m Kim. I have been playing for a long time. I love traditional Irish music, and I’ve toured playing Irish music. I’ve played popular music as a section member and soloist, and I’ve been a paid player in orchestras. string quartets, and other chamber ensembles.

I addition to my playing experience I’ve taught violin and music at Belmont U, the  University of Western Kentucky, The Art Institute of Atlanta, and Johnson University.

I hope to join you on your musical journey.


about lessons

I teach at the Johnson University Community Music School in South Knoxville. 

I do half hour lessons for beginners and full hour lessons for intermediate-advanced players.


WHAT I Offer


I’ve played Irish music on stage with the Nashville Celts, as a soloist, and with my current band: Blackberry Banshee.

I love hanging out at Irish sessions around the country. If your goal is to learn to play trad tunes, come see me!


I am an authorized Suzuki instructor with 2 decades of experience. Many of my students have gone on to be successful working musicians.

College Prep

As someone who has taught private-applied violin lessons for a handful of institutions, I love helping high-school students prepare for college auditions! 



Tammy Rogers

-Steel Drivers

“If you are looking for a great teacher, one who can give you solid technical instruction but also teach both classical and non-classical styles, look no further than Kimberly Barnes!  She has great passion and energy for music and sharing it with others.  Plus, she’s a great performer herself!”


Ric Blair

– The Nashville Celts