We are now the Open Door Music School.
Come and Join in the Music
Open the door and imagine the years of pleasure that playing an instrument can bring to your life. The rich tones of the violin, the tinkle of the piano key or guitar jamming with friends. We are here to bring those dreams to life. Let this be your home for music lessons in Vancouver.
Open Door Violin and Fiddle Lessons Vancouver
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.
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.
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.
Michael Pratt the 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 Tete, The Armchair Sailors or Six at the Table.
Open Door Guitar Lessons Vancouver
Michael Viens has taught guitar lessons in Vancouver at Celtic Traditions School of Music, now re imagined as the Open Door Music School for the past 15 years. Michael is an all round musician who plays Guitar, Bodhran, Harmonica and has a great ear for harmonies perfected as a member of the acapella group The Meloids. Michael brings this wealth of experience to each of his lessons to tailor each guitar lesson to the style and ability of his student.
Michael is a stalwart member of the local Celtic music scene since joining the local Celtic band Blackthorn in 1995. With Blackthorn, he has recorded four CDs and performed at Concerts, Celtic Festivals, Scottish Highland Games and Irish and Scottish Ceilidhs throughout the Pacific Northwest. He has also performed with the local band Quartete a Tete and has appeared as a guest artist with the North Shore Celtic Ensemble, Laudate Singers and Capilano University Choir.
Graig Robertson teaches guitar lessons in Vancouver at the Open Door Music School and is a master guitar and saxophone player.
Graig’s extensive list of credits include: composer, audio director, producer, sound designer, music editor, sound editor, voice director, voice actor, script writer and session musician (guitar/saxophone). His work can be heard in a variety of acoustic and electronic styles for concert, radio, film and multi-million selling video games.
Graig has also project managed large game audio teams as well as 2+ years applying these skills in working as a producer / project manager for a multi-disciplined IOS development team.
Graig has a BMusic Composition, U.B.C. School of Music
-Third Year Jazz Studies / Composition, Capilano University
-Diploma Jazz Saxophone Performance, V.C.C. School of Music Associate Certificate in Applied Software Development, B.C.I.T. and brings all this wealth of experience and knowledge to his guitar lessons.