Traditional Music for All Ages on All instruments
The Shepherd School of Irish Music offers high quality Irish music lessons on all instruments, to musicians of all ages and experience levels. Our teachers have many years of experience teaching and performing internationally. Our students gain strong technical ability and musical expression, while developing their own personal style informed by familiarity with the music of Irish music masters. Students taking group lessons bond with one another, & learn to work as a team as they gain experience performing together. We teach students to become confident musicians, and confident people.
Our students have performed on a variety of radio shows, at the Gaelic Park and Irish American Heritage Center festivals, on two Chicago St. Patrick's Day parades, and have opened for Irish music super-group Solas. Having earned silver at the Midwest Irish music competition (the Midwest Fleadh Cheoil), they qualified to compete in Ireland at the world level. Through these experiences, they have become good friends, and have learned to work together. They have also learned to be humble in the midst of these outward achievements, understanding that Irish music is a vast art form they have much to learn about.
We teach that Irish music is a subtle art. In the hands of a good musician, Irish melodies are capable of expressing a large variety of emotions and sentiment. Irish music is the product of centuries of great creativity. We teach our students how to observe and appreciate the intricate, detailed nature of rhythm, phrasing, ornamentation, and variation in the music.
While lessons take place on the north side of Chicago, we also offer online lessons via Skype or FaceTime, for out-of-town students, or when travel is inconvenient. We have found that students taking online lessons are very satisfied and improve greatly.
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