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

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 Burnyeat is a 2 time BC-Fiddle champion and 2 time finalist in the Canadian Grand Masters Fiddle Competition.

He has received instruction from some of North American’s top fiddlers, including Mark SullivanCalvin Vollrath, and Liz Carroll.

He is a regular jam session leader, including leading the sessions at the Jericho Folk Club for many years, and he is also the co-founder of the UBC Fiddle Club. In 2018 he released his first solo album of fiddle music entitled A Sense of Tradition.
He has taught at Open Door Music for 3 years. He enjoys teaching all ages and levels, and in many fiddle styles, and he believes in catering to each student’s specific needs.

Michael Burnyeat Available Times
Michael has a few spots on Monday and Thursday evenings
Contact us for availability.

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.

Kai Gronberg Available Times
Monday 6:00pm to 6:30pm and 7:30 pm to 8:00 pm
Tuesday 2:30pm to 3:00pm
Wednesday 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Thursday 2:00pm to 3:00pm and 7:30pm to 8:00 pm

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Niamh O’Donnell

The Open Door Music School is pleased to welcome Niamh O’Donnell to our teaching staff. Niamh is a warm and engaging teacher and now has an open schedule on Monday and Tuesday evenings.
Niamh started playing Traditional Irish music when she was seven on the tin whistle and then went on to start playing the fiddle at age 8. Niamh started performing and competing in the Irish music competitions from the age of 12 and was the fiddle player for the Glór na dTonn Céilí Band 2019 through 2022. Niamh formed a four piece Traditional Irish music and Folk group InTune and has traveled and performed in Ireland, Europe, United States.

Niamh is a graduate of the Maynooth University, Ireland, with a Bachelors of Music in Major Performance and Minor Composition.

Niamh is available to teach Fiddle / Violin, Mandolin and Whistle.

Nianh Available Times

Monday and Tuesday afternoons from 3:30 pm to 7:00 pm

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.

Annie Available Times
On line lessons only
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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.

Michael Pratt Available Times
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