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Kansas City Irish Tune Learning Session

In Kansas City, Missouri, under the auspices of the Kansas City School of Irish Music. We teach two kinds of learning sessions: the first for the bodhrán (the Irish drum), and the second for tune learning.  Both are held at the KC Irish Center (in Union Station) on Tuesday evenings.  We will typically have two instructors present at every meeting.  As with all our previous learning sessions, classes run in six-week cycles — with the sixth week “graduation session” held at a local pub. We take a few weeks off between each six-week learning cycle, and so end up with six learning sessions over the course of a year. For the dates of the learning sessions go to KC Learning Sessions.

Learning Session, Kansas City, Jan 2014

Learning Session, Kansas City, Jan 201

Each Tuesday the schedule will be as follows:

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

Descriptions:

  • The bodhrán learning session is a group ensemble class.
    • We will discuss, demonstrate, and practice basic drum playing techniques.
    • We will practice different rhythm patterns for accompanying the various types of tunes played at sessions around the world.
    • We will help you prepare your drum for session playing, and will discuss basic care and feeding of the bodhrán.
    • If you don’t have a bodhrán (and tipper), you can still come to the first class. We can help you determine what you’ll need.
    • Students should bring a recording device to every meeting.
  • The beginning tune learning session is a group ensemble class where we will study and play tunes from Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Galicia, and England.
    • The tunes we will work on are (or will be) available on this website.
    • All instruments are welcome, but students should be at the advanced beginner level or higher.
    • The class will use a call-and-response phrase-by-phrase aural learning technique so that students will practice learning tunes by ear.
    • We will focus on learning one tune per meeting, depending on the make-up of the class.
    • For larger classes we will periodically break up into smaller groups to work on the tune.
    • If time allows we will play tunes from previous meetings at about a quarter to half session speed, but amenable to participant control.
    • In addition, each student will be expected to perform one tune within the genre of their choosing and play it three times through.  The tempo is up to the student, as is when during the learning session they will do their solo.  This is an important learning technique, and an extremely congenial environment in which to practice solo playing.
    • Students should bring a recording device to every meeting.
  • The advanced tune learning session is a group ensemble class where we will study tunes from Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Galicia, England, and beyond.
    • The tunes we will work on are (or will be) available on this website.
    • All instruments are welcome, but students should be at the intermediate level or higher.
    • We will use various techniques for learning tunes including call-and-response phrase-by-phrase aural learning, and the recordings and PDFs available here.
    • We will also demonstrate and talk about alternative versions of tunes, and various kinds of tune ornamentation.
    • Most often 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.
    • We will focus on putting together tune-sets (i.e., groups of two or more tunes strung together).
    • In addition, each student will be expected to perform one tune within the genre of their choosing and play it three times through.  The tempo is up to the student, as is when during the learning session they will do their solo.  This is an important learning technique, and an extremely congenial environment in which to practice solo playing.
    • Students should bring a recording device to every meeting.

We will typically have two instructors at each meeting.  Each is also available for private lessons as well.  For tuition fee and current dates go to KC Learning Session.  If you take more than three of the learning session classes in a year it makes sense to join the KC Irish Center.  That works out to be less than $10 an hour.

More Questions?
Contact me if you have questions about the learning sessions or the tuition.

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