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30 Pershing Road, Suite 700
Kansas City, Missouri 64108
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Learning Sessions 2015

We are happy to announce that both the tune learning and bodhrán learning sessions held at the KC Irish Center have joined the The Kansas City School of Irish Music.  These learning sessions, sometimes called “slow sessions” because the tempo is slower than full-on Irish sessions, are held on Tuesday evenings.  As with the learning sessions held throughout 2013, each session this year will run six weeks, with the sixth week “graduation session” held at a local pub.  The learning sessions provide a congenial place to learn new tunes and improve your ability to play well with others. The dates for 2015 are as follows:

    Learning Session          Dates

  • Winter 1                 1/27 – 3/3
  • Spring 1                  3/24 – 4/28
  • Spring 2                 5/19 – 6/23
  • Summer 1              7/14 – 8/18
  • Fall 1                       9/15 – 10/20
  • Winter 2                11/10 – 12/15

Each Tuesday the schedule will be as follows:

  • Beginning bodhrán                 5pm to 5:50
  • Beginning tune learning       6pm to 6:50
  • Advanced tune learning       7pm to 8pm

Descriptions:

  • The bodhrán learning session is a group ensemble class.  We discuss and demonstrate drum techniques, different rhythm patterns for accompanying the various types of tunes played at sessions around the world, preparing your drum for session playing, and basic care and feeding of the bodhrán.
  • The beginning tune learning session is a group ensemble class.  We will study and play tunes from Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Galicia, and England. All instruments are welcome, but students should be at the advanced beginner level or higher. The class will use recordings by the instructors, and tune handouts – which will be sent in advance via email and also be available online – and students will practice learning tunes by ear. The tempo will be a quarter to half session speed, but amenable to participant control. Depending on the make-up of the class, students will learn at least two tunes per meeting.
  • The advanced tune learning session is a group ensemble class.  We will study tunes from Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Galicia, and England. All instruments are welcome, but students should be at the intermediate level or higher. The class will use recordings by the instructors, and tune handouts – which will be sent in advance via email and also be available online – and students will practice learning tunes by ear. The tempo will be a half to three-quarter session speed, but amenable to participant control. Depending on the make-up of the class, students will learn at least two tunes per meeting and we will focus on putting together tune-sets (groups of two or more tunes strung together).

The cost is $70 per person for an entire six-week session ($60 for members of the KC Irish Center).

Questions?
Contact Eddie Edwards at eddieedwards.music@gmail.com for questions about the learning sessions or the tuition.

Here’s a video of the Irish Center and a Learning Session early in 2013:

The gift that keeps on giving.

Here is a picture of artist, musician and luthier Mark Franzke with Kansas City Irish Fest board members Dan Regan and Ed Follis at a meeting earlier this evening. I’ll use Dan’s eloquent words from an earlier email to explain why we were there:

Last year Mark Franzke was awarded a grant to build a Celtic themed mandolin. He generously offered to donate the finished instrument back to Irish Fest and requested that we auction it and use the proceeds of the sale to fund a traditional music scholarship for children.

Hang on for more details, but while you wait, check out Mark’s mandolin creation blog:
http://franzkemandolins.blogspot.com/

Instructors on KKFI 90.1 FM

Doug, Dave and Turlach appeared on the Foolkiller Folk radio show today. We talked about the music school with hosts Mark and Valerie Andruss and we played some tunes. Unfortunately, the show is not podcast, but we do have some pictures.

Legendary accordion player Paddy O’Brien in House Concert July 24th

Paddy O’Brien will appear in a house concert on Saturday July 24th. More details at Big Plain Concerts website.

Photo in Kansas City Star

The Kansas City Star featured a picture of Lucie Goodhart, Doug’s daughter, relaxing in the aftermath of last Sunday’s instructor concert.

Photos from 2010 Instructor showcase

Doug Goodhart, Turlach Boylan and Dave Agee perform at the 2010 Instructor showcase in the Irish Museum and Cultural Center.

Reception & Showcase Jan 11th

There will be an Instructor showcase at the Irish Museum in Union Station next Sunday at 2:00 pm featuring instructors Emily Wyatt(harp), Dave Agee(fiddle and bodhran), Doug Goodhart(whistle, bodhran, fiddle) and Turlach Boylan(flute and whistle) followed by a reception.

This event will mark the opening of The Music School Library, funded by a grant from the Kansas City Irish Fest and the resumption of tinwhistle classes at Union Station.

Sheehans Open House 2008

Just two intrepid students represented the Music school at Sheehan’s Open house this past Saturday. Captured here on blurry cellphone photos are Kat Land and Michael Allen making me proud.

Irish Music Workshops in Tulsa – Sep 1 & 2, 2008

The members of Slide (Ireland), winners of Irish Music Magazine’s Best Newcomer award in 2001 and the Young Musicwide Award in 2006, have agreed to teach a series of workshops and private lessons in Tulsa on September 1 and 2 during their U.S. tour (which is sponsored in part by Culture Ireland). This is a don’t miss opportunity for musicians interested in learning more about playing Irish music or perfecting their technique. All the band members have significant teaching experience, have been involved in adjudicating competitions, and have arranged and directed groups of musicians.
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Grants galore

The music school has received a grant from the Kansas City Irish Festival to start a music library. The grant will be used to buy tune books, books about Irish Music and some recordings. We have a verbal agreement that the collection will be kept at The Irish Museum and Cultural Center for use by students and the general public.

Also, resourceful whistle student Connor Spencer received an apprentice grant from the State of Missouri to study with whistle teacher Turlach. We studied the playing and recordings of several influential whistle players, and attempted to describe the unique elements of their music and technique.