Raine Hamilton

Hi! I'm Raine Hamilton, a singer-songwriter and fiddle player / violinist based in Winnipeg Manitoba. I write for guitar and voice, as well as for violin/fiddle and voice. I have performed at music festivals across Canada, performing alongside Canadian folk legends Sarah Slean and Catherine Maclellan, and so often thinking: “Wow! This is my life!” 

I am happy to offer two bilingual (EN/FR) programs with Artists in the Schools (AIS); a songwriting program, and a fiddle tune writing program. See my AIS page PDF here

I am available to visit any school in Manitoba, and my best availability is November, December 2017, and January February 2018. I also have some fall and spring availability. 

I also offer these workshops outside of the Artists in the Schools Program - lets talk! 

I have 17 years experience working with young people, including 5 years working in schools, and one year with AIS. I was the fiddling instructor at Strathcona School (2011-13), and I am a violin instructor with the Sistema Winnipeg orchestra program at Elwick School, run by the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra. I was a Park Interpreter in the Whiteshell for 7 summers, and I love working with students. I believe that music is for everyone, and that we all have something to share. Find my full youth CV here


"Raine is one of the most talented artist teachers I have worked with in my career. She is extremely effective at engaging and instructing her students, while truly inspiring and supporting them to be the best musicians they can be."

- Tanya Derksen, Former Director of Education and Outreach, Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra

"I appreciated how calm she was and I could tell she loved her job. I also loved how whenever we were riled up we would play a game."

-  Marnie, a grade 5 student in the fiddling workshop

"Raine helped students tap into their creative spirits, opening up new ways of thinking about music and the world around them. We were so fortunate to have Raine in our school as a creative muse and inspirational leader. "

- Melanie Clendenan, Music Specialist at Elwick School

"She conducted herself in such a professional manner. She captivated the students with her witty sense of humor and was able to redirect the students who required her assistance."

Michelle Gutscher, Grade 4/5 Teacher Hazelridge School

"Raine's behavior management is top notch as she uses many strategies to keep young learners on task. It was a real pleasure having her work with my class!"

- Sarah Dropko, Grade 1 & 2 Teacher Hazelridge School

" I worked with Raine for two years with grade 4, 5, 6 students. The kids loved her for her energy and cool things to share! When we did a composition project, her instructions were very easy to follow and it allowed every child to experience success. "

- Donna Greaves, music teacher at Strathcona Elementary

What Is Artists In The Schools?

This is a program run by the Manitoba Arts Council (MAC). The deadline for schools to apply for this program for the 2017-18 school year is May 15th 2017

Program application with guidelines PDF here.

The Artists in the Schools (AIS) program sends professional artists into Manitoba schools for one to ten week-long residencies (five days a week). Artists offer specific workshops within their discipline, working with classroom-sized groups of students. It is so neat! 

Schools can apply each year for one residency. In some situations they can apply for up to 3 residencies:

  •      Larger schools -one residency per grade level (K to 4, middle years, senior years). 
  •      Schools above the 53rd parallel 
  •      Collaborative projects 

MAC shares the cost of the residency with the school. Each artist is paid a fee of $1,200 per week. MAC pays $750/wk (plus travel & accommodation) and the school pays $ 450/wk (plus material & equipment rental costs).

More details here, on the Manitoba Arts Council site. 

My Program Description: Raine Hamilton in the AIS Directory, PDF here.

Complete AIS directory of all artists, PDF here

Raine Hamilton AIS Programs

1. Songwriting is for Everyone!

     Grades K-12, 5 groups per week. K-9 available en français.

Songwriting is for everyone, and it can be heaps of fun! In this program, students explore what they need to say using time-tested writing prompts about their own memories and experiences, because we are all interesting, we are all important, and we all have a story to share.

 Students will study songs by Manitoba songwriters, learning the building blocks of song sections, and taking in the meaning and poetry of the lyrics. Students will have the chance to come together to write a song on a theme that is important to the group, investigating different ideas and sides of the theme in verses. The artist and school will determine how these songs will be shared with others. 

We can happily explore specific themes, and curricular links.


2. Writing Fiddle Tunes!

     For any grade; Students must be able to play with 1, 2, 3 fingers on the A and E strings or more. 5 groups per week. Available en français.

      Fiddle tunes are built like puzzles, sentences, and stories. If your students are able to play with 1, 2, and 3 fingers on the A and E strings, they have the skills needed to write a question/answer fiddle tune. This field-tested program works well for beginners through to advanced players. We will break down a tune the students know well, looking at A and B sections, Q/A phrases, and the “home” tone, and then we will write our own Q/A style tunes. A performance of completed tunes with guitar is possible but not required.

We can happily explore specific themes, and curricular links.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:  One class set of fiddles; enough for all of the students in one group to have a fiddle. 

Next Steps

Interested in having me work with students at your school? That's so great! Thank you :) The next step is for you and your school to apply to the Manitoba Arts Council. 

Applications must be post-marked or dropped off May 15th.

1.     Contact me: . Lets talk :) Are there themes, concepts, or curricular links that you are interested in exploring?

2.     Please fill out this Letter of Understanding form. This shows that we have talked and have a plan.

3.     Please fill out this AIS Residency Application and Guidelines form. 

4.     Mail or drop off the Application Form and Letter of Understanding by May 15th.

5.     The Manitoba Arts Council will look over all the forms, and we wait to hear back. 

Detailed information on the application process available on the Manitoba Arts Council site

Thank you! It is an honour to work with you and the young people you teach. 

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