A Little About Lessons

We offer half hour lessons for adults and children (ages 5 and up). But ask your instructor if you are interested in 45 minute or 1 hour lessons.  You can learn fiddle tunes in a number of styles including: Old Time, Irish, Metis, French (Quebec), Cape Breton, Bluegrass, Scottish and even modern fiddle tunes!  In the fiddle tradition tunes are learned by ear and then memorized but understanding basic theory and knowing how to read sheet music are important too. We teach using a combination of these approaches.  There will be a final concert at the end of June and we try to organize a few fiddle jams or performances throughout the year.

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.

Our Teachers

Shanaya Cossette

Shanaya Cossette

Tahnis Cunningham

Tahnis Cunningham

Alysen German

Alysen German

Sierra Haynes

Sierra Haynes

Shanaya Cossette
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 Cunningham
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 German
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 Haynes
‪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.

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Some Common Questions

What is the difference between "fiddle" and "violin" lessons?

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 tahnis@live.ca 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? 
Absolutely!
 

Play Music this Summer!

One of the very best decisions you will make this year is to sign your family up for a summer fiddle camp.  You can find camps across Canada (and beyond).  Although they are usually called "fiddle" camps they will all offer a selection of other classes (like guitar, mandolin, banjo, piano, and maybe even dance).  You will attend classes and workshops with some of the finest folk musicians in Canada and in the evenings there are instructor concerts, square dances, and jams.  If you haven't been to a fiddle camp you haven't really lived.  Here's a few that are offered in western Canada.

Fort Qu'Appelle String Fling (SK)
April 8-10

Fiddlyness (SK)
June 29 - July 3

Kootenay #9 Old Time Fiddle Workshop (BC)
July 12-16

Camp Calvin (AB)
July 19-23 & 25-29

Gavin Lake Fiddle 'Treat (BC)
July 25-31

Kenosee Lake Kitchen Party (SK)
August 1-4, 10-14, & 17-21

Northern Lights Music Camp (SK)
August 10-14

John Arcand Fiddle Fest (SK)
August 13-16