Tune-Learning Class

presented by the KC School of Irish Music

Course Description

For those with some experience under their belts, but who want a gentle immersion into session playing there is a six week course through the KC School of Irish Music. Learn tunes from Ireland, Scotland, the Shetland Islands, Galacia, Brittany, Cape Breton, and beyond.

Tuition is $120 for a six week class.  A 10% discount will be given to anyone registering prior to Jan 14th.  An additional discount of 10% will be applied for anyone who is a member of the Kansas City Irish Center.

Classes are for all ages, and all instruments. Students should have a basic facility with their instruments (advanced-beginner level). We will focus on aural learning.

Contact Eddie Edwards to register.

Upcoming Dates

Mon 21

Tune-Learning Music Class

Jan 21 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Mon 28

Tune-Learning Music Class

Jan 28 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Mon 04

Tune-Learning Music Class

Feb 4 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Mon 11

Tune-Learning Music Class

Feb 11 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Mon 18

Tune-Learning Music Class

Feb 18 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Mon 25

Tune-Learning Music Class

Feb 25 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Instructor

Eddie Edwards
Eddie EdwardsGuitar, Mandolin, Bouzouki, Tenor Banjo, Bodhrán
Born in East Virginia, Eddie picked up the guitar as a child and taught himself to play American Folk and Blues. He was introduced to Irish music in his early twenties when he joined a pick-up band of Irish players.

Instructor

Dave Agee
Dave AgeeFiddle, mandolin, tenor banjo, guitar, bodhran, and bones
David Agee grew up in Overland Park, Kansas and got his first guitar at the age of ten. He first started playing Irish music in 1980 with a local band named Talisman,and then went on to play and record with other Irish groups such as Scartaglen and Blackthorne.

Session Fundamentals Class

Course Description

And for those who have some skill with an instrument, but who don’t really know the tunes or are unsure of session etiquette, we have Session Fundamentals.

Class is every Monday evening from 6:30-8pm. Cost is $5 per night per attendee. 

In Session Fundamentals,  players will gain the basic vocabulary of session tunes, rhythms, and styles, through the method of learners teaching learners.

Each class, a tune (or part of a tune) will be carefully presented and gone over, phrase by phrase, until participants have a strong grasp of the tune and feel comfortable going forward. A basic tune list will gradually be built up, until players have the tools necessary to enter any session.

Eventually players will be encouraged to bring in tunes that they wish to teach to others, following the “slow and steady” method. All along the way we’ll be emphasizing how Irish Music binds the community together into a unique social gathering.

Note: Although the Session Fundamentals Class will not be able to teach the basics of music to absolute beginners, resource information (teachers of Irish music, etc.) will be made available to those who are eager to begin on this exciting and enriching path.

Upcoming Dates

Mon 21

Session Fundamentals

Jan 21 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Mon 28

Session Fundamentals

Jan 28 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Mon 04

Session Fundamentals

Feb 4 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Mon 11

Session Fundamentals

Feb 11 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Mon 18

Session Fundamentals

Feb 18 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Facilitator

Tim Norris
Tim NorrisSession Fundamentals Facilitator
I fell in love with traditional Irish music when I first heard the Chieftains play. Once I heard that sound, I was hooked. For years I followed the music as a listener, always planning to learn how to play “someday.” I finally took the plunge and began studying the whistle and the Uilleann pipes. I try to maintain a “beginner’s mind” and I’d like to share what I’ve learned with you.