Music School

Open Door Music School.

Lessons in

Violin, Fiddle, Harp, Piano, Singing, Voice, Guitar, Mandolin, Whistle, Clarinet, Bodhran ( Irish Drum )

Call 604-222-2299

email michael@celtictraditions.ca

Open Door Violin and Fiddle Teachers 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.

Annie Brown – The Kesh Jig

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.

Singing Lessons and Vocal Coaching Vancouver

Lynn McGown is a singer an innovative vocal coach, NLP Practitioner, and dynamic workshop leader. She is also co-owner of the Open Door Music School.
She has been singing all her life, and professionally for 45 years. She has sung and given vocal  and singing workshops at International Festivals, as well as the Vancouver Folk Festival four times, concerts, social and environmental
benefits, for schools and recently gave a 4 day residential workshop at Hollyhock
education retreat centre on Cortes Island.

Lynn’s love and passion for supporting people in singing and finding their voice is contagious. She believes voice work is a portal to self-empowerment, healing, and balance in body, mind and spirit.  Her approach to voice is one of giving the classical nuts and bolts of vocal techniques and body voice exercises always with the knowledge that discovery of your voice is a coming home to the deepest part of yourself. She has worked with thousands of men and women in individual sessions and workshops helping them to find and express the most profound level of their being through voice and the joy of singing.

Open Door Piano Teachers Vancouver

Mike Brown studied classical piano with Ronald Moir of “Duo Noblesse Oblige”, harpsichord with Doreen Oke, and jazz piano with Jillian Lebeck. He holds a Grade 10 Certificate in Piano Performance from the Royal Conservatory of Music Toronto.

Mike Brown is a full-time freelance musician specializing in classica, world and new music. He holds a M. Ed from UBC and a M.Mus. from the City University of New York where he studied with Charles Neidich.

Leon Feldman is a musician, composer, arranger, and producer and has taught piano, guitar, vocals, theory and music production for the last 11 years. Leon graduated from the Contemporary Instrumental Music Program at the V.C.C. School of Music, majoring in ‘Jazz and Contemporary Guitar’ and minoring in ‘Vocal Studies’. Receiving the “Fred Bass Scholarship Award” in the 3rd semester for the “most talented all round performer”.

Leon also interned with world renowned film composer, James Newton Howard at his studio, ‘JNH Studios’ interned at world renowned film composer, Hanz Zimmer’s studio, ‘Remote Control Productions’

Leon has been instrumental in the creation/release of 5 albums with different projects, having diverse musical skills as a guitarist, vocalist, piano player, bassist, drummer, composer, audio engineer, producer & arranger enjoying all of these rolls.  Leon has completed electronic music production elective courses at VCC with producer credits on many albums.

Open Door Harp Teachers Vancouver

Mehlinda Heartt has taught Harp lessons in Vancouver at Celtic Traditions School of Music, now re imagined  as the Open Door Music School for the past 16 years. During this time she has had great success with her students many of whom have continued to enjoy and play in Melinda’s Harp Choir.
Mehlinda Heartt is a professionally recognized Vancouver Harpist with 40 years of experience. She is also a Composer, Arranger and Publisher of Harp music, and she has recorded on several artists albums.

She studied under the tutelage of Edmonton Symphony Harpist Nora Bumanis, and Vancouver Symphony harpist Elizabeth Volpe Bligh at the University of British Columbia.

Rebecca Blair has over thirty years of experience teaching harp lessons in Vancouver with adults and children from beginner to advanced. Her teaching method is both encouraging and friendly.
Rebecca Blair brings her Classical training and masters degree in performance, music theory and history, and combines it with Celtic improvisation to create a unique style. As part of her continuing exploration of the harp and its music, Rebecca has attended many Celtic harp workshops in North America and Ireland where she studied with such notable harpists as Kim Robertson, Gráinne Hambly, and Sharlene Wallace.

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.

Open Door Bodhran Teachers Vancouver

Michael Viens has taught Bodhran 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 Bodhran, Guitar, 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.

Open Door Whistle and Clarinet Lessons Vancouver

Mike Brown weaves his Whistle and Clarinet Lessons around the idea that music should be enjoyable and goals should determine where the lessons lead, whether it’s to play for fun and perform for friends, to enter a competition, or to form a group and play in public! Mike Brown likes to explore the sound the instrument produces. Technique, sheet music reading, style, ear training, theory, history, improvisation, all play their part; whether the student tackles them individually or they are weaved into a well rounded musical experience.

Mike Brown – The Butterfly