Kendra has been teaching lessons in Celtic Fiddle Music for almost twenty years! She started by teaching group and private lessons in Antigonish, Nova Scotia and St. Anne's, Cape Breton, then moved onto Halifax, Nova Scotia where she gave private lessons at The Maritime Conservatory of Performing Arts and then onto Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island where she presently gives private lessons.

MacGillivray is also a very popular workshop instructor at fiddle camps across Canada. She taught numerous summer workshops at The Gaelic College of Celtic Arts & Crafts in St. Anne's, Cape Breton and once in Vermont, USA. She also taught at The Pacific Institute of Celtic Performing Arts in Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Ottawa Valley Fiddle Camp in Ontario, Emma Lake Fiddle Camp in Saskatchewan and Parrsboro Fiddle Camp in Nova Scotia.

She has also taught workshops in conjunction with festivals such as the Mid-Winter Celtic Festival in Saskatchewan and the Glengarry Highland Games in Ontario. She even taught students a workshop in Iqaluit, Nunavut.

Kendra teaches many different types of tunes - slow airs, marches, strathspeys, reels, jigs and hornpipes for example. MacGillivray teaches tunes mostly from the Scottish and Cape Breton repertoires. Most tunes are very old traditional melodies and/or compositions of Scottish fiddlers such as James Scott Skinner and Shetland fiddler, Ronald Cooper. Other tunes are more contemporary compositions by Cape Breton fiddlers such as Brenda Stubbert and Jerry Holland. Every now and then, she'll teach the students one of her own compositions as well.

Kendra's teaching style and tune selection has been inspired by her own fiddle teacher, Stan Chapman from Antigonish, NS. On Friday evenings in Antigonish, he taught Kendra in a class along with other noted fiddlers such as Ashley MacIsaac, Wendy MacIsaac (Beolach), Jackie Dunn-MacIsaac, Natalie MacMaster and Stephanie Wills, to name just a few.

Kendra also studied Classical violin with Bob Murray, Classical piano with Sr. Rodriquez Steele and Highland dancing with Janice Macquarrie, all from Antigonish.

In 2003, Kendra received the "Educator of the Year" award at the Music Nova Scotia Awards. This distinction was so special because it represented so many years of dedicating herself to passing on the music to a whole new generation. Kendra has inspired hundreds of students who are now performing in concerts as soloists and members of bands, recording CDs, teaching students of their own, and playing for their own enjoyment.

Booking Private Lessons:

Kendra teaches weekly private lessons in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. If you are interested in finding out more, contact Kendra at

If you are going to be visiting Prince Edward Island at any time, please feel free to contact Kendra to arrange a one-on-one lesson at This is a fantastic opportunity for anyone not able to attend one of Kendra's workshop appearances!

Booking Workshops:

To book Kendra for a Celtic Fiddle Workshop in your area, please contact her at Also check out Kendra's tour schedule. Workshops can be arranged along with performances in your area.

Fiddle Camps:

-  Gaelic College of Celtic Performing Arts & Crafts - St. Anne's, Cape Breton, NS
-  Gaelic College of Celtic Performing Arts & Crafts - Vermont, USA
-  Pacific Institute of Celtic Performing Arts - Vancouver Island, BC
-  Emma Lake Fiddle Camp - Regina, SK
-  Ottawa Valley Fiddle Camp - Manotick, ON
-  Parrsboro Fiddle Camp - Parrsboro, NS

Festival Workshops:

-  Halifax Celtic Feis - Halifax, NS
-  New Brunswick Highland Games - Fredericton, NB
-  Glengarry Highland Games - Maxville, ON
-  Mid-Winter Celtic Festival - Regina, SK
-  Victoria Fiddle Society Workshop - Victoria, BC
-  Nunavut Fiddlers' Workshop - Iqaluit, Nunavut

Some of Kendra's Former Fiddle Students:

- Troy MacGillivray -
- Anna Ludlow - Performing with Drum!
- Dara Smith - Music teacher at Dalbrae Academy in Cape Breton, NS
- Darla Stewart - Private Music teacher in Pictou, NS
- Cassie Anne MacDonald - Performer in Halifax, NS

Student Quotes

"By far the best Celtic instructor I've ever had the chance to learn from!"
- Jaime Roff

"You're an amazing fiddler and your class was so much fun". - Caitlin Sinclair

"It was great to have the opportunity to take a class with you. Hope to see you next year!"
- Chris Newstead

"I had an awesome time learning your music. You are an awesome fiddle player."
- Aedan Whelan

"Thank you for being such a great teacher. I loved the tunes and had a great time."
- Patrick Thompson

"I love your music and I really enjoyed being in your class."
- Jennilee Martineau

"I hope you come back to Emma Lake." - Julia Crook-Devitt

"Thank you for sharing your time and knowledge with us. It will be fun having these tunes to play!"
- Linda Loughran

Contact Information for Private or Workshop Instruction:

Kendra MacGillivray
T: (902) 367-5606