The Violin is the largest section in an orchestra for a reason: when the strings soar our hearts and emotions are lifted with joy.

Then there is the fiddle, same instrument with a very different feeling, Can you stop your hands from clapping and your feet from tapping to the driving rhythm of a reel or jig?

Our Fiddle / Violin Teachers

Annie Brown fiddle violin teacher

Annie Brown

Annie Brown is an award-winning violinist, educator, and a popular musician anywhere lively fiddle music is played in Vancouver. Her stylistic influences range from European classical, Irish, Scottish and Cape Breton fiddling, to Jazz and Klezmer.

Annie instructs full-time at Open Door Music School and the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts. Other music projects include the Irish Wakers, Kitty Lie Over, and the Psycho Acoustic Ceili Band. You can hear her perform most Thursday nights at the Irish Heather in Gastown, as well as at many of the traditional music festivals around the province of British Columbia.

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Michael Burnyeat fiddle teacher, mandolin teacher

Michael Burnyeat

Michael Burnyeat started fiddle lessons in Vancouver here at the Open Door Music School then Celtic Traditions in 2009 at twelve years old. Michael began under the tutelage of Annie Brown and then with his prodigious talent he then went on to receive more advanced instruction from three times Canadian fiddle champion Mark Sullivan.

Michael is now a two-time BC fiddle champion for 2017 and 2018 and in 2018 and 2019 Michael was a finalist in the Canadian Grandmasters Fiddling Championship, the most prestigious fiddle contest in Canada.

Michael is the founder of the UBC Fiddle Club and in 2018 he released his first solo album of fiddle music entitled A Sense of Tradition.

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Kai Gronberg fiddle violin teacher

Kai Gronberg

Kai Gronberg was born in Vancouver, BC and started playing violin at age 4. He had his first violin lessons at the Central Valley Academy of Music, and has also studied under many of Canada’s premier fiddle players such as Mark Sullivan Calvin Vollrath and Mike Sanyshyn.

Kai is a two time BC Provincial Champion, as well as being a participant at the annual Canadian Grand Masters Fiddle Competition where he placed in the top 11 twice.

Kai has been teaching violin and fiddle lessons in Vancouver for 5 years and is familiar with the Suzuki Method, and the Royal Conservatory Method and uses both in his teachings alongside fiddle and other contemporary styles.

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Michael Pratt fiddle teacher

Michael Pratt

Michael Pratt a co-owner of The Open Door Music School is a fiddler, singer and concertina player who draws from his Irish roots as well as his involvement in the Folk Clubs in the British Folk Revival in the late 1960s and 70s before moving to Canada.

Michael started playing fiddle when he was twenty five and it has since then become one of the loves of his life. Michael brings his love of the fiddle to teaching and has hosted many fiddle sessions in the city and runs the Thursday session in the store where all are welcome to come and participate.

Michael’s love of playing and singing can be heard if you catch a performance when appearing with one of his groups Quartete a TeteThe Armchair Sailors or Six at the Table.

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