Workshops and Teaching


  • Classical
  • World Music
  • Celtic Folk
  • Acoustic
  • Electric Violin
  • Violin Making.



“Horizons will be extended and pathways to music making will be made. The possibilities are endless!”

Nigel Kennedy said    “HE IS A MONSTER” 

Michael Burnham is a classical violinist who has the expertise to ‘cross the divide’ and play Celtic, Folk and World Music.

Michael studied violin with Professor Nicholas Roth at the Birmingham Conservatoire and Trinity College of Music London where he was a member of the Trinity Chamber Ensemble.

He is a member of the New English Orchestra and plays in various groups under the heading Michael Burnham World Music Network.

Michael received rave reviews for his debut solo album, Sarona, which featured the music of famed James Scott Skinner. A second album followed, featuring his Celtic Duo, Aranmore, which resulted in extensive concert dates in the UK, Holland and Italy.

In addition to his concert engagements, Michael   performs at festivals throughout the UK, where he usually combines performing with a young people’s workshop.

A Unique Opportunity For Your School

Michael’s modern and exciting approach though workshops, groups and individual teaching is designed to maximise the element of FUN in an equal opportunity environment, providing a broad spectrum of music-making and professional performance and teaching of the highest standard.

The music presented in the workshops will be diverse and stimulating, including classical, folk, world music and rock, featuring all types of violin related instruments, both acoustic and electric, and incorporating the most up to date midi technology and effects.

Underlying the child-friendly method is a traditional and formal ideology based upon “A Common Approach 2002”

“The arts add quality to our lives, making us question and reflect upon our thoughts, feelings and values and helping us respect the views of others. They provide opportunity for us all to explore and understand different forms of expression, appreciate our diverse cultural heritage, gain a sense of personal identity and to be creative. Creative skills and the ability to innovate are  increasingly important in responding to new challenges in the knowledge economy of the future.”                                      A Common Approach 2002



“Music is a powerful, unique form of communication that can change the way pupils feel, think and act. It brings together intellect and feeling and enables personal expression, reflection and emotional development. As an integral part of culture, past and present, it helps pupils understand themselves and relate to others, forging important links between the home, school and wider world. The teaching of music develops pupils’ ability to listen and appreciate a wide variety of music and to make judgments about musical quality. It encourages active involvement in different forms of amateur music-making, both individual and communal, developing a sense of group identity and togetherness. It also increases self-discipline and creativity, aesthetic sensitivity and fulfillment.”

National Curriculum for Music (England) 1999


Learning to play an instrument helps develop :

  • Self esteem and confidence
  • The ability to realise their full potential
  • Enjoyment and understanding of music
  • Sensitivity
  • Aesthetic Judgment
  • Creative thought and action
  • Intellectual skills
  • Cognitive skills
  • Social skills
  • Physical and perceptual skills
  • Personal attributes
  • Cultural awareness
  • Inter personal and intercultural understanding


As a result of the workshop, students will be motivated to play a stringed instrument and will gain an understanding of musical elements of Key Stages 2 and 3.


  • A chosen Classical piece which we will study with special attention to tone production, bowing, dynamics, rhythm and interpretation etc.
  • Celtic Music (acoustic), its origins and influences; we will work through Jigs, Reels and Airs talking about style and tempo. The workshop will be preceded by a  performance with backing tracks.
  • The Art of Violin making. A practical demonstration showing special woodworking skills, which have changed little since C18th. The workshop will include the history and origins of the violin, choice of woods, varnish etc. Preceded by a performance of violin music.
  • Electric Violin Workshop to include all aspects of the amplified violin, using effects and midi technology. The music chosen will be of Celtic, North Africa and modern repertoire. Preceded by a performance.
  • World Music. Working with music form different cultures, exploring the origins and diverse styles of different continents. The workshop will be preceded by a concert of World Music performed by two or more musicians.

The Art Of Violin Making   

To complete his holistic study of stringed instruments, Michael offers a unique hands-on workshop of instrument-making for all, illustrating various stages of construction from timber to timbre! Students will be encouraged to participate, health and safety measures will be observed.  The demonstration will include live performance. 

The Common Approach 2002 is now 

being adopted by Music Services throughout the UK 

and is approved by the Associated Board of England


Michael teaches at the Elgar School of Music in Worcester

The River School Droitwich Road Nr Worcester

The Birmingham Music Services at various Schools throughout the city of Birmingham.

Michael is also available for private tuition, please see contact details.