John Calverley is an active freelance violinist, composer, improviser, session musician and instructor. As music director for Vinok Worldance he performs diverse styles of traditional music from various cultures. He studied violin at the University of Alberta under Norman Nelson where he received his Bachelor of Music. In addition to his classical training he has also competed nationally for Canadian old time fiddling and explores improvisational styles as the founding member of his gypsy-jazz group, the Felt Hat String Band.
John has been teaching violin for over 25 years. He teaches both in his home studio in Edmonton, Alberta and also in St. Paul, Alberta for the North Eastern Music Association (NEMA).
Some highlights include: Recording for the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics opening ceremonies ‘Fiddle Nation’ medley composed by Calvin Vollrath, the Canada Day Millennium Celebration on Parliament Hill with Vinok Worldance, Alberta Spirit: Party of the Century Centennial Celebrations all of which were live televised performances.
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Inquiries for violin lessons are welcome. I focus on concepts and techniques common to the vast majority of violin styles. I encourage you to learn the skills to continue growing as a violinist and musician… regardless of where that journey takes you.
Beginners will need a violin in good playing condition. If you don't have a violin, renting is a good option. I recommend Myhre's Music. Beginning students will also need the following materials for their first lesson:
A Tune A Day Vol I, Suzuki Violin School Vol I, a shoulder rest (preferably 'KUN'), as well as a binder with paper. You can get all of these from Myhre's Music.