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!
Irish 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 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!
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.
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 Studies: We will explore various art forms of Irish culture including crafts, literature, storytelling, and more.
Youth Irish 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 Tune Repertoire and Practicing Technique: Open to all melodic instruments. In this class, we will learn several tunes, discuss Irish tune repertoire, tune transitions, and explore different techniques for practicing to achieve the sound, speed, and solid foundation of skills to utilize in your individual study and session playing.
Youth Irish Dance: We will learn the basic steps of Irish Ceili Dancing, learn a couple ceili dances (group dancing), learn some steps for solo dancing, and choreograph a dance for our final performance.