A Little About Lessons
To speak to someone about starting fiddle lessons call (306) 789-6484 and leave a message on mail box 3 or e-mail Tahnis by clicking here. Be sure to include your phone number in your e-mail message.
I have been playing the fiddle for 8 years and have been teaching for one year. I am also a student at Music In The House. I play with my fiddle group called Pegged Out and the five of us have a lot of fun and play at various events, fundraisers, and gigs such as the Highland Games, Mosaic, and World Fiddle Day.
One of my goals as a teacher is, I would love for my students to enjoy playing the fiddle as much as I do. I believe a passion for music lives forever!
Tahnis has been teaching fiddle since 2001 and has been at Music in the House since 2009. Music has always been an important part of Tahnis' life. She began playing and performing with her family as the Cunningham Family Band when she was very young. She currently performs in a duo with Ray Bell and in a fiddle ensemble called DownBeat. Tahnis has been a fiddle instructor at various fiddle camps and workshops across Western Canada and enjoys teaching and calling old-time dances.
Alysen started playing fiddle at age 8 and for many years attended the Emma Lake Fiddle Camp in Northern Saskatchewan. There she was fortunate to have learned from great artists including; Gordon Stobbe, Calvin Volrath, John Arcand, Patti Lameroux, Shamma Sabir, Bruce Molsky, Stephanie Labbe, and Buddy Spicher. Alysen plays in her family band along with her Dad and brother. They perform at concerts, summer music festivals, and weddings. She recorded her first CD, titled "From Them, To Me, To You," at the age of 17 and is currently working on music for her second. Her musical styles include Traditional Old Time, European, Metis, Celtic, Appalachian, Bluegrass, Country, Folk and Classical. Alysen has been teaching fiddle at Music in the House since 2014 and loving every minute of it!
Sierra is an avid musician...but she especially loves her fiddle! She's studied with many nationally renouned fiddlers like Karrnnel Sawitsky, Mairi Rankin, Sierra Noble, and Stéphanie Labbé; because of this she has played in many styles fiddling. She has placed 1st and 2nd in the Weyburn Old Time Fiddle Contest. She studies classical violin at the Conservatory (is a member of the South Saskatchewan Youth Orchestra), and fiddle at MITH. She loves any opportunity to learn, grow as a musician, and jam.
Other than music, Sierra can be found in a theatre, doing improv, or hosting RadioActive on community radio.
Some Common Questions
A violin and a fiddle are the same instrument. The only difference is the type of music that we choose to play. Violin lessons are commonly associated with classical music while fiddles are associated with more "folky" styles. At Music in the House we only teach fiddle lessons. That means students learn celtic jigs and reels, old-time waltzes and two-steps, maybe some bluegrass, Métis, French Canadian, or Cape Breton styles.
Where can I get a violin?
Tahnis has a few instruments that she rents to students for a monthly fee. You can e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org so see if she has an instrument in your size. If not, head down to Long and McQuade where you can rent an instrument get help finding the right size. Be sure to buy a shoulder rest too, most of their rentals do not come with one.
Do I really need a shoulder rest?
Play Music this Summer!
Fort Qu'Appelle String Fling (SK)
June 29 - July 3
Kootenay #9 Old Time Fiddle Workshop (BC)
Camp Calvin (AB)
July 19-23 & 25-29
Gavin Lake Fiddle 'Treat (BC)
Kenosee Lake Kitchen Party (SK)
August 1-4, 10-14, & 17-21
Northern Lights Music Camp (SK)
John Arcand Fiddle Fest (SK)