You know you've always wanted to learn to play Irish music.  We can help!

2019 Fall Class Term (August 26-November 10)

Whether you are an absolute beginner with no prior music playing experience, a classical music student who is ready to try Irish music, or a seasoned session player who wants to learn different styles of traditional Irish music...there is a place for you with the Irish Music School of Chicago.

We strive to create a community of music lovers who come together to experience the joys of traditional Irish music.  You can participate by playing an instrument or learning to sing traditional Irish songs and dance.

Group classes will only run if 3 or more students are registered so please be sure to sign up below before showing up for class. 

Don't see the class you are looking for or need a different day or time?  Please contact us through the Contact page and let us know - we might be able to make something work! 

Also keep in mind that private lessons also are available in Fiddle, Tin Whistle, Flute, Piano, Bodhrán, Uilleann Pipes, Guitar, Guitar, Bouzouki, Singing and Cello. For group class and private lesson rates, please visit our Policies and Rates page.

Class Locations

Our classes are taught at various locations across the Chicago area. Don't see a location or day that is convenient for you?  Want private lessons?  Please contact us and let us know.

  • Mondays: irish american heritage Center - 4626 n. knox, chicago



Mondays at Irish American Heritage Center (4626 N. Knox, Chicago)

Private lessons are also available.


  • Beginning Whistle

  • Irish Singing for Adults

    Finding Your Voice

    This course will explore the sounds and possibilities of the human voice as applied to Celtic singing. Posture, breathing, resonance, ornamentation and expression will be addressed. The classes will be ideal for singers at all levels of proficiency. Experienced singers will have an opportunity to expand their cache of sounds while beginners can discover new and exciting ways to use their voices. The classroom culture will be supportive of risk-taking, encouraging, and not intimidating. Hopefully, everyone will come away feeling they are better singers with new tools to apply to the craft of singing! 


  • Advanced Beginning Fiddle


  • Beginning Fiddle

  • Beginning Bodhran

Wednesdays at Mrs. Murphy & Son's Irish Bistro (3905 N. Lincoln, Chicago)


  • Beginning Tin Whistle

  • Beginning Fiddle


(20 week term through Feb 2)

This full evening of learning and playing Irish music was designed and is taught primarily by Irish Music School founder/director, Seán Cleland, Jesse Langen and James Reilly.  It is perfect for players of all melody instruments (advanced beginners and up) who love the camaraderie and fun of traditional Irish music playing and want to keep learning and expanding their abilities.  During this 120 minute class, participants will learn new tunes and refine tunes and skills that they already know, learn new techniques, add many tunes to their repertoire, and play in seisún with each other.  Guest teachers will also be featured. 

Thursdays at the Irish American Heritage Center (4626 N. Knox, Chicago)

Private lessons are also available.


  • Beginning Bodhran

  • Beginning Tin Whistle


  • Advanced Beginner Fiddle

Class Descriptions


Beginner - Students will learn how to hold the bodhrán and stick (tipper). The lesson will also include basic rhythmic patterns such as jig and reel rhythms and methods on producing the best tone.

Intermediate/Advanced - Students will learn a wide variety of rhythms and styles including top-end and double-sided playing. Rim shots, tone and the execution of triplets will also feature in these lessons.


Beginner - Students will learn how to hold the fiddle and bow, learn bowing techniques and rhythm through easy traditional Irish Tunes.

Intermediate - Students will learn a wide variety of tunes (jigs, Reels, Hornpipes, Slip Jigs, etc.) as well as ornamentation and bowing techniques. Students will start to learn tunes by ear at this level also.

Advanced - This class will be based on building a wide repertoire and discussing regional styles in relation to tunes.


Beginner - Students will gain a basic understanding of essential skills for the Irish traditional flute including stature, tone and breath control.

Intermediate/ Advanced - Students will develop a wide repertoire of Irish Traditional Music and advance their techniques in areas including articulation, tone, finger-work and ornamentation.

Singing (both Irish and English)

Students will engage in a wide variety of songs from both the English and Irish singing traditions. Ornamentation, phrasing and breath control will also feature.

Tin Whistle

Beginner - Students will learn the notes, scales, basic ornamentation and articulation through simple tunes.

Intermediate/ Advanced - Students will learn a wide variety of tune types. Ornamentation, articulation, phrasing and breath control will be learned. 

To sign up for a group class please fill in the information below.  We will confirm with you that the class will be running.  If it does not, we will give you some other options!

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