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

Whistle Classes

Whistle I-A (Adults)
  (Beginner)
Rick Boyce 9:00
Whistle I-K (Kids)
  (Beginner)
Rick Boyce 10:00
Whistle II
  (Intermediate)
Dave Copley 9:00
Whistle III
  (Advanced)
John Skelton 10:00

For all 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. Children and adults are separated in the Beginner classes.

Beginner: This class is for students who have just started on the whistle or those who can play a few simple tunes at a slower rate. The focus in these classes will be on learning the notes on the instrument, learning tunes by ear and practicing melodies at slower speeds. These classes will start out with simpler tunes that may not be in tune list for the quarter. New students should have a whistle in the key of D.

Intermediate: Students will continue to learn tunes by ear. The tunes will be practiced at a little faster pace. In addition, there will be more emphasis on ornamentation and style. At this level, you should obtain a whistle in the key of Bb as this may be used in class.

Advanced: 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 be continued emphasis on ornamentation and style using the current quarter’s tune list.

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