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GROUP LESSONS AND WORKSHOPS

I am available to teach at fiddle camps and workshops in your community. Please get in touch by phone or email if you are interested in having me teach in your school, summer camp, or community!

 

PRIVATE LESSONS

Please note that due to extensive travel for teaching tours, I can only offer weekly lessons for a month or two at a time.

 

OVERVIEW

In 1994 I took up residence on Saltspring Island and began teaching fiddle. I founded the Saltspring Fiddlers before moving to Victoria in 1996. From 1996 to 2007 I taught folk fiddling at the Victoria Conservatory of Music where I established the Conservatory Fiddlers Orchestra, an ensemble of over sixty fiddlers ages six to eighty-six.

Since 2004, I have taught with the Kole Crook Fiddle Association in remote First Nations communities of the Northwest Territories. I continue to travel and teach regularly in these northern communities.

In 2011 I was invited to teach in the First Nations communities of the Chilcotin – Caribou district of British Columbia. Since 2011, I have collaborated with Community Health Departments and Mental Health Clinician, Deb Trampleasure to create a suicide preventive fiddling program. This innovative project incorporates the Circle of Courage philosophies of Dr. Martin Brokenleg with the good old toe tapping fiddle tunes that have become part of traditional First Nations culture, leading to a recovery of youth at risk.

 

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