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

Spring Class Term April 18 - June 19
(no class Memorial Day, May 30)

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?  Please contact us and let us know.

  • sUNDAYS: CONCORDIA pLACE - 3300 N. WHIPPLE, CHICAGO

  • Mondays: CHIEF O'NEILL'S - 3471 n. ELSTON, CHICAGO

  • Tuesdays: Harrigan's Irish Pub - 2816 N Halsted St, Chicago

  • WEDNESDAYS: MO DAILEY'S - 6070 N. NORTHWEST HIGHWAY, CHICAGO

  • SATURDAYS: St. Mary's Catholic Church - 303 W. St. Mary's St, Minooka


Class Descriptions

Bodhrán

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.

Bouzouki

Beginner - Students will learn how to hold the bouzouki and learn basic chords.

Intermediate/ Advanced - In this class students will learn how to back Irish tunes, understand how different chord choices can complement Irish melodies, and learn different rhythm patterns.

Cello

Beginner - Students will learn how to hold the instrument and learn notes through scales and basic tunes.

Intermediate/ Advanced - Students will learn a wide variety of tune types, ornamentation, bowing, and other stylistic features of Irish Traditional Music.

Fiddle

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.

Flute

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.

Guitar

Beginner - Students will learn how to hold the guitar and learn basic chords.

Intermediate/ Advanced - Students will learn how to back Irish tunes, understand how different chord choices can complement Irish melodies, and learn different rhythm patterns.

Piano

Beginner - Students will have an introduction to right hand playing through scales and basic tunes with simple accompaniment on left hand.

Intermediate/Advanced/Children with classical music experience - Students will learn the correct technique for playing the piano with Irish Traditional Music, working on fingering and ornamentation in relation to right hand melody. They will also gain a better understanding of key signatures through chordal patterns in left hand.

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. 

Uilleann Pipes

Beginner - Students will learn how to hold the instrument, control the instrument and how to use the chanter through basic Irish tunes.

Intermediate/ Advanced - Students will learn a variety of tune types (Jigs, Reels, Hornpipes, Slides, Polkas, etc.) and ornamentation from the great Uilleann Piping tradition.


Sundays at Concordia Place (3300 N. Whipple, Chicago)

10 week term - $230
Private lessons are also available.

3:00-4:00PM

  • Beginning Cello
  • Beginning Fiddle
  • Intermediate Fiddle
  • Beginning Flute
  • Beginning Piano
  • Beginning Tin Whistle

4:00-5:00PM

  • Beginning Bodhrán
  • Intermediate Piano
  • Intermediate Tin Whistle
  • Singing in English and Irish (bi-weekly class starts January 18 - 5 weeks: $115)

Mondays at Chief O'Neill's (3471 N. Elston, Chicago)

10 week term - $230
Private lessons are also available.

6:00-7:00PM

  • Beginning Bodhrán
  • Beginning Flute
  • Beginning Fiddle
  • Beginning Uilleann Pipes

7:00-8:00PM

  • Intermediate Bodhrán
  • Intermediate Flute

8:00-9:00PM

  • Advanced Bodhrán
  • Intermediate Tin Whistle

Tuesdays at Harrigan's on Halsted (2816 N Halsted St., Chicago)

Private lessons are also available on tin whistle, flute, guitar, uilleann pipes, .bodhrán, fiddle and cello.

6:00-8:00PM  MIXED INSTRUMENT TUNES & TECHNIQUES REPERTORY CLASS WITH SEAN CLELAND

This full evening of music, learning and playing for the Irish music enthusiast is designed and led by Irish Music School executive director, Sean Cleland.  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 these 2+ hours, participants will refine tunes and skills they already know, learn new techniques, add many tunes to their repertoire, and play in seisún with each other.  10 week term - $280


Wednesdays at Mo Dailey's  (6070 N. Northwest Hwy., Chicago)

10 week term - $230
Private lessons are also available.

6:30-7:30pm

  • Beginning Tin Whistle

8:00-9:00pm

  • Intermediate Irish Fiddle
  • Intermediate Tin Whistle

Saturdays at St. Mary's Catholic Church (303 W. St. Mary's St., Minooka)

Lessons are available based on demand.  Please contact us through the form below.

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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