Class Descriptions

Classes are offered based on instructor availability for the current quarter. Please see the current schedule for this quarter's classes, times and instructors.

Accordion Class Advanced Fiddle Styles Banjo/Mandolin Classes Bodhran Classes
Concertina Class Fiddle Classes Fiddle Techniques for Kids Guitar Classes
Harmonica Class Harp Classes Irish Flute Classes Mandolin Classes
Piano Accompaniment Class Traditional Singing Class Whistle Classes

Irish Flute Classes

Irish Flute I
Dave Copley 10:00
Irish Flute II/III
John Skelton 11:00

For both class levels, the focus will be on learning Irish traditional music and the techniques for playing it. The whole school learns the same tunes by ear, so you will be able to play with others. In addition to class, there are different bands that you are invited to join (no additional fee) at 12:30pm. Going to band will allow you to practice the tunes outside of class with people playing other instruments.

Beginner: This class is for students who have just started on the Irish Flute or those who can play flute but are starting to learn Irish music. If you have not played flute before, it would be recommended that you start in Whistle class, as many of our students have followed this track. The focus in this class will be on learning the notes on the instrument, learning tunes by ear and practicing melodies at slower speeds.

Intermediate/Advanced: Students will continue to learn tunes by ear. Students in this class should be able to play a number of tunes at 'Riley Speed', which can be heard by listening to the tunes on the website. There will continued emphasis on ornamentation and style using the current quarter’s tune list.

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