Calvin Cairns (www.calvincairns.com)
Hello music enthusiasts!
All are welcome at my studio in James Bay. I love witnessing and celebrating the accomplishments of my students while teaching music. I share in their joy, as they acquire skills leading to mastery. No one is too old or young to learn the universal language of music.
Musical expression resides in each one of us. Whether your wish is to develop technical skills for public performance or simply play for your own enjoyment, our musical exploration will reveal your unique path of discovery with a gentle, supportive approach.
Due to touring commitments, regular weekly lessons are not possible, but you are welcome to book one-off lessons or a series of continuing sessions working with my out-of-town schedule. Shoot me a text or call 250-384-5050.
Teaching music has brought me discovery and joy since 1993.
After receiving a diploma of music from Grant MacEwan College in Edmonton (1977-79), I studied classical violin and Alexander Technique with Paul Collins in England, learning the foundations of music teaching.
In 1995, I began to develop a unique teaching method for violin, combining the Colour Strings Method and early Suzuki repertoire leading to a programme of international folk fiddling styles. I taught for two years on Saltspring Island, and formed the Saltspring Island Fiddle Orchestra with my students.
From 1997-2006, I taught folk fiddling at the Victoria Conservatory. In 1998, we founded The Conservatory Fiddles, an all ages fiddle orchestra. This high spirited ensemble had over sixty members aged six to eighty-six. We played for Urban Barn Dances, Old Folks Homes and Community Celebrations. As a teaching tool, I compiled and published my three book series of Conservatory Fiddletunes.
I was invited to teach fiddle in First Nations communities of the Northwest Territories in 2004. The program I helped develop with the Kole Crook Fiddle Association has spread to 14 northern communities and brought the joy of music to hundreds of fiddlers in the NWT.
In 2011, I received an invitation to teach in the remote Tsilhqot’in – Cariboo region of BC. There, I collaborated with mental health clinician Deb Trampleasure to create a suicide preventive fiddle program, incorporating Dr. Martin Brokenleg’s circle Of Courage philosophy.
I love teaching fiddle in First Nations communities.