LONDON IRISH MUSIC SCHOOL
TRADITIONAL IRISH MUSIC CLASSES IN LONDON
The London Irish Music School offers lessons to children where they can begin to learn to play simple airs, marches and dance tunes on the tin whistle which is a very easy and inexpensive instrument to play. Classes are run by a qualified Irish Music teacher with a support tutor for those who need extra help.
Classes are structured in small groups according to the child’s age, ability and previous knowledge of music. For the very young child the main emphasis is on holding a tin whistle, being able to cover the holes, produce a sound and playing very easy tunes. The children in the junior age range are usually able to pick up the basic principles of playing much quicker and are encouraged to progress onto polkas, marches, jigs and reels.
The main aim to get children playing first and then when they feel confident, to learn the basic concepts of music theory and begin to read the music. As pupils move onto more complicated jigs, reels and hornpipes they can incorporate ornamentation to their repertoire and also choose to take up the main instrument of their choice, e.g. banjo, fiddle, flute, accordion, concertina and mandolin.
Just like with Classical Music, children are now able to take graded exams in Traditional Irish Music, from Preliminary to grade 8, both in solo and group performances. These grades are internationally recognised. We aim to follow the syllabus and the students will take exams when they are ready.
The children take part in many community and fund raising events, playing at local schools, St Patrick's Day concerts and music workshops.
Lessons are at the following venues:
EALING IRISH MUSIC SCHOOL
Parish Hall of St. Peter and St Paul, Leyborne Avenue (Off Northfields Avenue), Ealing
Tuesday evenings from 6.15pm to 7.45pm
KINGSBURY IRISH MUSIC SCHOOL
Oliver Goldsmith Primary School, Coniston Gardens, Kingsbury NW9.
Saturday - Beginners 12 noon to 1.00pm, Improvers 1.00 to 2.00pm
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