Class Descriptions

Posted on: May 8th, 2009 by

Youth Fiddle: Students will learn Irish tunes by ear and explore the ornaments, bowings, and other stylistic elements that give Irish music its unique accent. Cello and Viola are welcome!
Fiddle: Students will learn Irish tunes by ear and explore the ornaments, bowings, and other stylistic elements that give Irish music its unique accent. We will also work on practice techniques and developing leadership for playing in sessions. Cello and Viola are welcome!
Youth Introduction to Traditional Singing: We will cover the basics of singing traditional tunes including proper voice technique and care, producing good tone, and an overview of several different singing styles. We will learn several different fun songs along the way!
Introduction to Traditional Singing: This class will cover traditional singing from a modern perspective. We will cover posture and warm-ups, ornamentation, breath control, song choice, singing with accompaniment, and if there is interest microphone and live performance technique.
Irish Sessions 101: Learn the ins and outs of Irish Sessions? What is the etiquette? How do you put sets of tunes together? What is common repertoire? How do I lead a set? How can we keep our session playing together? What is my role in the session? These questions and any others you may have will be answered in this class. We’ll also work on playing together, developing leadership skills, and break into smaller groups. This class will be tailored to the group.


Traditional Accompaniment (for bouzouki and guitar): This class will cover the basics of accompanying tunes in traditional styles focusing on technique, repertoire, and stylistic development. We will explicitly cover right-hand technique, chord progressions, rhythmic choices, stylistic differences, session etiquette for accompanists, and work on several tune sets.
Youth Irish Sessions 101: This will be an introductory class into playing in an Irish session. Students will learn the various roles in a session, how to compile sets of tunes, and techniques in leading a set of tunes at a session.
Youth Whistle: Learn the names of the notes in the D scale and learn simple ways to articulate note values with your tongue and fingers. Students will learn at least two simple melodies on the D whistle, including how to finger a C natural note. Students will also learn about differing time signatures and see sample videos of some of the greatest tin whistle players in the tradition.
Irish Flute/Whistle: Students will learn about crossover fingering between the flute and whistle, as well as a few different ways to play the C natural note. Students will learn a variety of simple articulation methods, such as cuts and strikes, as well as compound articulations, such as rolls. More advanced ornamentation can be requested (stitched B-C-D triplets, bounced notes, stitched bounces) and students will learn strategies for managing embouchure and getting the “hard bottom D.” Students will learn a number of traditional melodies during the week.





6 Responses to Class Descriptions

  1. Joan Brundage had this to say about that:

    Where is the 2014 schedule. Also, why no celtic harps classes?

  2. admin had this to say about that:

    The 2014 schedule is now up and published. None of the Instructors this year play harp, so I am not able to offer it. I may be able to offer it in the future though, especially if there is interest! Please let me know if you would like to be added to the mailing list and I can keep you updated on harps for next year. I might be able to host a harp workshop next February as well if all goes well with scheduling Living Traditions Presentations’ concert season. Please let me know if you have any further questions or interest in other disciplines for this year! Thanks!

  3. Tanya Perez had this to say about that:

    My daughter has studied 3 years of classical viola. I would like her to learn a different style of music. Would these classes benefit her?

  4. Walter Weinzinger had this to say about that:

    On this page,
    at the very end of the Maggie MacDonald Piano Accompaniment description, the word “major” is misspelled (“A major chord”).

  5. admin had this to say about that:

    Sorry for the delay in response. Thank you for pointing out my typos! Hopefully I won’t have any this year!

  6. admin had this to say about that:

    I’m very sorry about the very late reply. I must make sure the website notifies me of comments this year! We will be offering fiddle classes again this year and while most fiddlers do play violin, many tunes can easily be transposed to be viola friendly! I think these classes will definitely be beneficial because it’s always educational to try new techniques (she may find a new passion for Celtic music!) and she will be learning the music by ear, rather than reading, which is a very useful skill. Classes this year begin on July 10, 2017. Please do email if you would like more information or have additional questions. You can also sign up on our mailing list on the website and receive updates on registration, classes, scholarships and more. Again, I apologize for the delayed response!

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