Fiddle Lessons / Violin Lessons

Term 1: January thru June
Term 2: September thru December

Lessons are weekly. There are no lessons during Spring break, Christmas or civic holidays. Lessons are limited to selected dates in the summer time.

Fees are due at the start of each month.

Cancellation Policy

24 hour notice is required. A credit will then be applied to the following month.

Parents are welcome to observe the lesson at any time. For beginners, it is recommended that the parent attend the first few lessons and gain helpful tips in order to help their child practise at home.

Practice Routine

It is recommended to practice on a regular basis.
Beginners to Grade 1 requires at least 25 to 30 minutes per day.
Grade 2 to Grade 3 requires at least 30 to 45 minutes per day.
Grade 4 to Grade 7 requires a minimum of 60 minutes per day.
Advanced levels and certificate levels require a minimum of 90 minutes per day.

Public Performance Opportunities

Students are encouraged to participate in public performances as an integral part of their musical skill development. There will be opportunities for students to perform in public recitals and concerts throughout the year with the West Coast Fiddleheads. Support is also offered in preparing students for performances at school, church or family functions.

Royal Conservatory of Music (RCM) Exam Preparation

Many of Rosalie’s students have achieved high marks for their examinations including silver medals for the highest marks in BC. A minimum of 6 months preparation prior to an exam is recommended. Rehearsals with a piano accompanist are required, beginning at least one month prior to the exam. Accompanist fees are paid by the student before the exam date.

Exams take place in January, June and August.
Theory requirements for higher grades are outlined in the RCM syllabus.

Further information on RCM exams can be found at

High School Credits

In many school systems across Canada, RCM Examinations are recognized for credits towards secondary school graduation. Achievement in the Certificate Program of RCM examinations is also considered an important element in entrance requirements for professional music programs at many universities and colleges across North America. Each Ministry of Education determines accreditation eligibility for its province.

The chart below outlines the high school accreditation policies of BC. Students should consult with their private music teachers and school counselors for more details.

RCM Violin Grade 6 Practical + Grade 1 Rudiments (theory)
Credit for Grade 10.

RCM Violin Grade 7 Practical + Grade 2 Rudiments (theory)
Credit for Grade 11.

RCM Violin Grade 8 Practical + Grade 2 Rudiments (theory)
Credit for Grade 12.

For more information on RCM examiniations and updates, please visit

For more information on lessons or West Coast Fiddleheads contact Rosalie:
Tel: 604.323.1712

Dearest Rosalie: Thank you for all your years of teaching with me. I’m so glad that I’ve kept playing the violin all these years. read more...

Love, Gloria (silver medal, RCM)

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Many thanks, Stephanie

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All the best, Sabine

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