The mandolin evolved in Italy in the 17​th​ century and was often seen as a small instrument of romance, easier to carry than a guitar and perfect for a love serenade.

Tuned the same as a violin it has 4 pairs of strings and is the instrument that adds that nice higher sound to an instrumental track or to take a lead instrumental break during a song or tune.

Our Mandolin 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.

Michael is a very accomplished musician and an excellent mandolin player and teacher in all genres.

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 5 years. He enjoys teaching all ages and levels, and in many fiddle and mandolin styles, and he believes in catering to each student’s specific needs.

BOOK A LESSON WITH Michael Burnyeat

Michael Burnyeat Available times
Monday and Thursday evenings.
Please contact for available times.

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 Mandolin,  Fiddle / Violin and Whistle.

Niamh O’Donnell Available times
Monday and Tuesday afternoons from 3:30 pm to 7:00 pm.