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MUSIC

Fiddle
Playing the Irish fiddle releases the pure beauty and vast emotional depths of traditional Irish music. Master the instrument by taking all 5 levels.

Two Class Times!
Fiddle I: Absolute Beginners

James Cleveland
Monday, 6 pm–7 pm

Monday, 8 pm–9 pm
$115 member / $145 general
A course for those with no prior fiddle experience. We will cover holding the fiddle and bow, tuning and producing a good tone. By the end, students will be able to play one or two Irish fiddle tunes.

Location, both classes: Studio 150, 150 West 46th Street btw 6th and 7th Avenues, 6th floor. Please check-in with the front desk attendant for your room.

Please note this is not at the Irish Arts Center.

This class requires an instrument. For information about instrument rentals and purchases, click here.


Fiddle II: Beginners
Caitlin Warbelow, Tuesday, 8 pm–9 pm
$140 member / $170 general
In this course, the beginning student will continue to learn the technical aspects of fiddle playing while working on common melodies, polkas, and jigs.  Although tunes will be taught by ear, sheet music will be provided at the end of the semester. This class is geared towards students who have taken Fiddle 1 and/or those who have less than six months experience playing the fiddle.

Location: Studio 150, 150 West 46th Street btw 6th and 7th Avenues, 6th floor. Please check-in with the front desk attendant for your room.

Please note this is not at the Irish Arts Center.

This class requires an instrument. For information about instrument rentals and purchases, click here.

Fiddle III: Advanced Beginners
Caitlin Warbelow, Tuesday, 7 pm–8 pm
$140 member / $170 general

Students in this course will focus on building their repertoire of common session tunes.  We will also start to discuss elements of musicality and theory, including how to play in a session and how to create tune sets. Although tunes will be taught by ear, sheet music will be provided at the end of the semester. This class is geared towards students who have taken Fiddle 2 at least once, or those who have at least one year of experience playing the fiddle.

Location: Studio 150, 150 West 46th Street btw 6th and 7th Avenues, 6th floor. Please check-in with the front desk attendant for your room.

Please note this is not at the Irish Arts Center.

This class requires an instrument. For information about instrument rentals and purchases, click here.

Fiddle IV: Intermediate
James Cleveland, Monday, 7 pm–8 pm
$140 member / $170 general

A course for those who would like to increase their repertoire while playing with others. We'll learn five or six tunes, mostly jigs and reels, while exploring ornamentation and phrasing. Although tunes will be taught by ear, sheet music will be provided.

Location:Studio 150, 150 West 46th Street btw 6th and 7th Avenues, 6th floor. Please check-in with the front desk attendant for your room.

Please note this is not at the Irish Arts Center.

This class requires an instrument. For information about instrument rentals and purchases, click here.

Fiddle V: Advanced
Caitlin Warbelow, Tuesday, 6 pm–7 pm
$140 member / $170 general

Students attending this class should feel comfortable playing common tunes up to speed with other musicians.  We will learn new tunes (reels, jigs, hornpipes, and an air) while focusing on ornamentation, style, and musicianship.  Improvisation and harmony will be briefly discussed. Although tunes will be taught by ear, sheet music will be provided.

Location: Studio 150, 150 West 46th Street btw 6th and 7th Avenues, 6th floor. Please check-in with the front desk attendant for your room.

Please note this is not at the Irish Arts Center.

This class requires an instrument. For information about instrument rentals and purchases, click here.

Guitar
Guitars are recognized the world over and used in all types of musical settings. This class will teacher guitar in relation to accompanying Irish music.

Guitar for Traditional Irish Accompaniment
Monday, 7 pm–9 pm
Peadar Ó hÍcí
with guest teachers, $140 member / $170 general
Designed for students who have a very basic knowledge of standard guitar playing, this class will teach guitar in relation to accompanying Irish music. Lessons will include: strum techniques, chord structures, and general knowledge of backing traditional Irish tunes.

Location: Studio 150, 150 West 46th Street btw 6th and 7th Avenues, 6th floor. Please check-in with the front desk attendant for your room.

Please note this is not at the Irish Arts Center.

This class will meet on four select Mondays within the term: September 21, October 5, October 19, November 2

This class requires an instrument. For information about instrument rentals and purchases, click here.

Concertina: Beginners/Basic
Douglas Barr, Tuesday 7 pm – 8 pm
$170 general / $140 member
The Beginners/Basic class will be oriented toward beginners on the anglo concertina. It will also be suited for those who can play a few notes and even a few tunes. We will learn some simple tunes, review scales and ornamentation, and cover the basic fingering choices which are unique to the concertina and can sometimes be confusing to the beginner. Tunes will be taught by ear, standard notation and ABC will also be provided. If you need help learning to read music we will cover that too. We will also be listening to selected recordings of the great players. All ages are welcome. Bring your concertina and some kind of audio recorder. Be ready to have some fun.

Location: Studio 150, 150 West 46th Street btw 6th and 7th Avenues, 6th floor. Please check-in with the front desk attendant for your room.

Please note this is not at the Irish Arts Center.

No concertina? No problem! We have a limited number of concertinas available to rent for a small fee. This class requires an instrument. Advance notice is required for a rental. After you sign up for the class contact Doug Barr, dbarr15@aol.com, to let us know if you would like to rent an instrument.

Celtic Harp
The Celtic harp produces a lush, beautiful sound that many people find soothing and relaxing. Be inspired and learn to play this wonderful instrument.

Celtic Harp I: Introduction
Mia Theodoratus, Wednesday, 7 pm – 8 pm
$140 member / $170 general
With a focus on learning melodies and basic accompanying patterns, this course is designed for the complete beginner but also welcomes students who can already play a few tunes, know basic hand positioning and a few chord patterns. Starting with the basics, we will gradually work towards exploring variations on melodies and reels.

Location: 250 W. 54th between 7th and 8th avenue, 11th floor. Please check-in with your front desk attendant for your room.

Please note this is not at the Irish Arts Center.

This class requires an instrument. For information about instrument rentals and purchases, click here.

Celtic Harp II: Exploring Melody, Chords and Rhythm
Mia Theodoratus, Wednesday, 6 pm – 7 pm
$140 member / $170 general
This class is for students who have a basic technique. During the class we will work on technique, basic chord patterns and how to use them with ballads and reels. Students will be encouraged to create their own accompaniment patterns.

Location: 250 W. 54th between 7th and 8th avenue, 11th floor. Please check-in with your front desk attendant for your room.

Please note this is not at the Irish Arts Center.

This class requires an instrument. For information about instrument rentals and purchases, click here.

Bodhrán
Learn to accompany jigs, reels, and other types of Celtic music with a strong, compelling rhythmic beat.

Bodhrán I: Introduction
Siobhan Egan, Tuesday, 6 pm – 7 pm
$115 member / $145 general
This class covers the basics of the Irish drum with focus on the reel and jig rhythms. Emphasis is placed on learning how to listen to various styles of traditional music and also on bodhrán etiquette for sessions. Enthusiasm and a love for the music are the only requirements for this class.

Location: Studio 150, 150 West 46th Street btw 6th and 7th Avenues, 6th floor. Please check-in with the front desk attendant for your room.

Please note this is not at the Irish Arts Center.

This class requires an instrument. For information about instrument rentals and purchases, click here.

Bodhrán II: Advanced Beginner
Siobhan Egan, Tuesday, 7 pm – 8 pm
$140 member / $170 general
Bodhran II introduces the techniques needed to produce a variety of sounds to enhance the accompaniment of melody instruments. Students should feel confident with the reel and jig rhythms in order to fully benefit from this class.

Location: Studio 150, 150 West 46th Street btw 6th and 7th Avenues, 6th floor. Please check-in with the front desk attendant for your room.

Please note this is not at the Irish Arts Center.

This class requires an instrument. For information about instrument rentals and purchases, click here.

Bodhrán III: Intermediate
TJ Keevins, Thursday, 7 pm – 8 pm
$140 member / $170 general
In Bodhrán III, we will continue what we’ve learned in our accompaniment of jigs and reels, and expand our repertoire to include hornpipes, along with other tune types. We will develop our speed, as well as continue to work on ornamentation, syncopation and tonal variation. During this course, we will of course play a good portion by ear, but we will also spend some time focusing on the structure of some common and well known session tunes, to further enhance our playing. We will also continue to develop session etiquette and taking audible and visual cues from our melody playing colleagues to develop our ability to accompany unfamiliar tunes tastefully.

Location: Studio 150, 150 West 46th Street btw 6th and 7th Avenues, 6th floor. Please check-in with the front desk attendant for your room.

Please note this is not at the Irish Arts Center.

Tin Whistle
The tin whistle is an easily accessible instrument and an integral part of Irish traditional music. Carry it everywhere!

Tin Whistle I: Introduction
Siobhan Parnow, Monday, 6 pm – 7 pm
$115 member / $145 general
The whistle has been played in Ireland for at least 1,000 years. It is small, inexpensive, and easy to bring along to any gathering. In this introduction to the whistle, you will start with how to produce a good sound, and will learn the different notes by playing simple songs. Once you have mastered the basics, we will work on some traditional tunes, including marches, waltzes, polkas, and jigs. Bring a key of D whistle, or purchase one in class for $10.

Location: Studio 150, 150 West 46th Street btw 6th and 7th Avenues, 6th floor. Please check-in with the front desk attendant for your room.

This class requires an instrument. For information about instrument rentals and purchases, click here.

Tin Whistle II: Beginners
Siobhan Parnow, Monday, 7 pm – 8 pm
$140 member / $170 general
This class is for those who have taken the Introduction to Tin Whistle class, but have never studied another instrument or need more time to master the basics. This class will continue to focus on basic whistle techniques: breathing, tonguing, and playing in both octaves. Additionally, students will work on strengthening skills of listening and picking up tunes by ear as we learn a number of traditional jigs, polkas, songs, and marches.

Location: Studio 150, 150 West 46th Street btw 6th and 7th Avenues, 6th floor. Please check-in with the front desk attendant for your room.

Please note this is not at the Irish Arts Center.

This class requires an instrument. For information about instrument rentals and purchases, click here.

Tin Whistle III: Advanced Beginner
Siobhan Parnow, Monday, 8 pm – 9 pm
$140 member / $170 general
This class is for those who have taken the Tin Whistle I: Introduction and play another instrument or have a musical background. You should have mastered all of the basic techniques and play at least five traditional Irish tunes comfortably. You also should be able to pick up tunes by ear without difficulty. Thirty tunes will be covered, split up over all three terms in 2014 (winter, spring and fall), making the class easy to repeat within the year either before moving up or in combination with Tin Whistle IV: Intermediate.

Location: Studio 150, 150 West 46th Street btw 6th and 7th Avenues, 6th floor. Please check-in with the front desk attendant for your room.

Please note this is not at the Irish Arts Center.

This class requires an instrument. For information about instrument rentals and purchases, click here.

Tin Whistle IV: Intermediate
Siobhan Egan, Tuesday, 8 pm – 9 pm
$140 member / $170 general
If you’ve been playing Irish dance tunes for a while, this class will teach you the secrets of tin whistle ornamentation. You'll also start expanding your repertoire with a new set of tunes each term.  We will learn ornamentation and style through a wide variety of reels, jigs, and hornpipes. Tunes are taught by ear and with sheet music. Pre-requisite: Advanced Beginners Tin Whistle or the equivalent.

Location: Studio 150, 150 West 46th Street btw 6th and 7th Avenues, 6th floor. Please check-in with the front desk attendant for your room. Please note this is not at the Irish Arts Center.

Please note this is not at the Irish Arts Center.

This class requires an instrument. For information about instrument rentals and purchases, click here.

Bagpipes
Learn traditional Irish piping on the practice chanter.

Bagpipes: Traditional Irish Music on the Piob Mhor
Tom Downes, Thursday, 7:30 pm – 9:30
$115 member / $145 general
A class in traditional Irish piping on the practice chanter. Also open to those with a full set. Tutoring to advanced players. 

Location: 250 W. 54th between 7th and 8th avenue, 11th floor. Please check-in with your front desk attendant for your room.

Please note this is not at the Irish Arts Center.

This class requires an instrument. For information about instrument rentals and purchases, click here.

Irish Banjo
Learn a full range of Irish banjo techniques along with various regional styles.

Irish Banjo I: Introduction
Paddy Glynn, Thursday, 6 pm – 7 pm
$115 member / $145 general
For this completely introductory level course, students will be introduced to all aspects of Irish tenor banjo techniques along with various regional styles.
Required: Tenor banjo (4 strings) only. Banjos with 5 strings are not taught in this class.

Location: Studio 150, 150 West 46th Street btw 6th and 7th Avenues, 6th floor. Please check-in with the front desk attendant for your room.

Please note this is not at the Irish Arts Center.

This class requires an instrument. For information about instrument rentals and purchases, click here.

Irish Banjo II: Intermediate
Paddy GlynnThursday, 7 pm – 8 pm
$115 member / $145 general
A series of lessons that will progress on from the introductory banjo lessons. Skills and techniques from Banjo I will be further fine-tuned as well as introducing other skills such as triplets and runs. Further scales and tunes will be taught to improve overall playing and to develop the ear and timing of the student.
Required: Tenor banjo (4 strings) only. Banjos with 5 strings are not taught in this class.

Location: Studio 150, 150 West 46th Street btw 6th and 7th Avenues, 6th floor. Please check-in with the front desk attendant for your room.

Please note this is not at the Irish Arts Center.

This class requires an instrument. For information about instrument rentals and purchases, click here.

Irish Mandolin
Get the feel, pulse and flow of Irish music on the mandolin used widely in Celtic, bluegrass and folk styles.

Irish Mandolin I: Introduction
Paddy Glynn, Thursday, 8 pm – 9 pm
$115 member / $145 general
Learn tuning, picking, fingering and holding of a mandolin, as well as practice common scales. As classes progress, students will learn tunes with various types of ornamentation.

Location: Studio 150, 150 West 46th Street btw 6th and 7th Avenues, 6th floor. Please check-in with the front desk attendant for your room.

Please note this is not at the Irish Arts Center.

This class requires an instrument. For information about instrument rentals and purchases, click here.

Irish Mandolin II: Intermediate
Paddy GlynnThursday, 9 pm – 10 pm
$115 member / $145 general
Developmental classes designed to further improve the student beyond the introductory lessons. All areas covered in the first series of classes will be further enhanced. More intricate areas of mandolin playing such as triplets will be introduced. Students will progress onto more Irish music tunes.

Location: Studio 150, 150 West 46th Street btw 6th and 7th Avenues, 6th floor. Please check-in with the front desk attendant for your room.

Please note this is not at the Irish Arts Center.

This class requires an instrument. For information about instrument rentals and purchases, click here.

Button Accordion
All level accordionists will benefit from the motivational classes that build your playing ability and confidence.

Button Accordion I: Absolute Beginner
Seagda Coyle, Wednesdays 8pm - 9pm
$140 member / $170 general

This course will benefit those who have never held an accordion before or those who have very limited knowledge of the instrument. The class will focus on teaching how to play simple traditional tunes while learning how to control a button accordion.

Location: Yeoriya (Ansonia) Rehearsal Studios, 2067 Broadway, Floors 4 & 5, near West 73rd.

Please note this is not at the Irish Arts Center.

Button Accordion II: Beginner
Seagda Coyle, Wednesdays 7 pm - 8 pm
$140 member / $170 general

For those with at least two prior semesters of Button Accordion or the equivalent. The class will focus on simple ornamentation and a wider variety of traditional tunes while getting a feel for regional styles.

Location: Yeoriya (Ansonia) Rehearsal Studios, 2067 Broadway, Floors 4 & 5, near West 73rd.

Please note this is not at the Irish Arts Center.

Button Accordion III
Seagda Coyle, Wednesdays 6 pm - 7 pm
$140 member / $170 general

This class is for more experienced musicians and focuses on complex tunes and advanced techniques such as fingering, ornamentation, basses and bellows control. Learning by ear will be a critical part of this class.

Location: Yeoriya (Ansonia) Rehearsal Studios, 2067 Broadway, Floors 4 & 5, near West 73rd.

Please note this is not at the Irish Arts Center.

Voice and Song
Discover Ireland through the beauty of traditional songs. Songs will be in both Irish and in English and from the distinctive regions of Ireland.

Traditional Irish Singing for Beginners
Carrie Erving, Wednesday, 7pm - 8:15pm

$145 member / $175 general
Singers of all levels of experience are welcome to join in this new course. Participants will learn to sing songs from the traditional Irish repertoire, in the aural tradition in which they were originally passed from one singer to another. We will explore the historical, literary and geographical background of songs originating from different parts of Ireland. The class will also include an introduction to basic singing techniques, as well as an overview of styles of traditional singing, such as ornamentation and phrasing. Beginners welcome!

Location: Studio 150, 150 West 46th Street btw 6th and 7th Avenues, 6th floor. Please check-in with the front desk attendant for your room.

Please note this is not at the Irish Arts Center.

Song Ensemble - For all instruments!
Carrie Erving, Wednesday, 8:15pm - 9:30pm

$145 member / $175 general
In this new course, we will focus on arranging traditional Irish songs for performance with accompanying instruments. Hone your skills as a singer or accompanist within a friendly and supportive group environment and explore the basics of song arrangement and ensemble playing. Requirement: prior singing experience and/or basic skills on an instrument such as guitar, piano, fiddle, whistle, etc.

Location: Studio 150, 150 West 46th Street btw 6th and 7th Avenues, 6th floor. Please check-in with the front desk attendant for your room.

Please note this is not at the Irish Arts Center.

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Dance

Use the code EARLYBIRD to receive an additional $10 off each class
*Earlybird discount has been applied to members packagesOffer expires August 14th

 

Irish Dance
Walk in with two left feet, and walk out the door knowing at least 2 reels, 2 jigs, and maybe a slip jig or two.

Students in all dance classes should wear shorts or workout pants and a t-shirt. For footwear, sneakers, ballet shoes or Ghillies are best.

Beginning Step Dance (Two class times!)
Betty Sheehan, TCRG, Monday, 6 pm – 7 pm
$115 member / $145 general
A boot-camp introduction to the basics of Irish step dancing—absolutely no previous dance experience necessary. Dancers will learn the foundational form and technique of Irish dance, starting with the basic movements and progressing to light-shoe reels and jigs. You'll learn a few solo steps and we'll round out the session with a group dance, putting together all the pieces learned over the term! 

Location: All classes will be held at Irish Arts Center, 553 West 51st Street, New York, NY, 10019, with the exception of Monday, November 9, which will be at Pearl Studios, 500 8th Avenue between 35th and 36th street, 4th floor. Please check-in with reception for your room. Please note there is no class on Monday, October 12.




Laura Neese, Wednesday, 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

$115 member / $145 general
A boot-camp introduction to the basics of Irish step dancing—absolutely no previous dance experience necessary. Dancers will learn the foundational form and technique of Irish dance, starting with the basic movements and progressing to light-shoe reels and jigs. You'll learn a few solo steps and we'll round out the session with a group dance, putting together all the pieces learned over the term! 

Location: Pearl Studios, 500 8th Avenue between 35th and 36th Street, 4th floor, room 415

Please note this is not at the Irish Arts Center.

Intermediate Step Dance
Betty Sheehan, TCRG, Monday, 7 pm – 8 pm
$115 member / $145 general
Prerequisite: at least one semester of Beginning Step Dance or previous Irish Dance experience. Students perfect the dances they already know, while learning more complicated steps and rhythms. Dancers in this class will work on both light and hard shoe dances.

Location: Please note that only the first class will be at Pearl Studios, 500 8th Avenue between 35th and 36th street, 4th floor. Please check-in with reception for your room. The rest of the seven sessions will be at Irish Arts Center, 553 West 51st Street, New York, NY, 10019.

Students in all dance classes should wear shorts or workout pants and a t-shirt. For footwear, sneakers, ballet shoes or Ghillies are best.

Céilí Dance
Betty Sheehan, TCRG, Monday, 8 pm – 9 pm
$115 member / $145 general
With dances such as the Four-Hand Reel and the High Cauled Cap, céilís are traditional dances done in groups of 4, 8, or even 16 dancers. Beginners and experienced dancers alike will have fun while working on basic footwork, forms, technique, and musicality.

Location: Please note that only the first class will be at Pearl Studios, 500 8th Avenue between 35th and 36th street, 4th floor. Please check-in with reception for your room. The rest of the seven sessions will be at Irish Arts Center, 553 West 51st Street, New York, NY, 10019.

Students in all dance classes should wear shorts or workout pants and a t-shirt. For footwear, sneakers, ballet shoes or Ghillies are best.

Set Dance
Dan Hunt, Monday, 9 pm – 10 pm
$90 member / $120 general
An introduction to some of the more popular set dances, with instruction on basic footwork, transitions between figures and moving to the phrasing of the music.

Location: Please note that only the first class will be at Pearl Studios, 500 8th Avenue between 35th and 36th street, 4th floor. Please check-in with reception for your room. The rest of the seven sessions will be at Irish Arts Center, 553 West 51st Street, New York, NY, 10019.

Students should wear comfortable shoes with leather soles that  would be suitable for ballroom dancing.

ModERIN: Irish Dance Basics with a Modern Twist
with Darrah Carr Dance
Laura Neese, Wednesday, 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
$115 member / $145 general
A fun and fresh approach to learning Irish dance!  This class will introduce Irish dance steps while also drawing from modern dance concepts by incorporating arm gestures and torso movements to accompany Irish dance footwork.  Lively Irish music will set the pace for a full-bodied modern dance warm up with a focus on improving overall strength and flexibility.  No experience is necessary.

Location: Pearl Studios, 500 8th Avenue between 35th and 36th Street, 4th floor, room 415

Please note this is not at the Irish Arts Center.

Students in all dance classes should wear shorts or workout pants and a t-shirt. For footwear, sneakers, ballet shoes or Ghillies are best.

Hard Shoe Irish Step Dancing
Laura Neese, Wednesday, 8:30 pm – 9:30 pm
$115 member / $145 general
A boot-camp introduction to the basics of "hardshoe" Irish step dancing - some previous Irish or percussive dance experience (tap, flamenco, etc.) is recommended.  Dancers will learn the fundamentals of Irish percussive dance, starting with posture and alignment, conditioning, basic sound patterns, and progressing to treble reels, jigs, and even a hornpipe.  You'll learn a few solo steps, and we'll round out the session with a group dance - putting together all the pieces learned over the term!

Location: Pearl Studios, 500 8th Avenue between 35th and 36th Street, 4th floor, room 415

Please note this is not at the Irish Arts Center.

Comfortable clothing and hornpipe shoes or tap shoes recommended.

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Sean-nós Dancing
Kieran Jordan, Sunday, September 27, November 8, December 6
11 am – 12:15 pm Beginners | 12:15 pm – 1:30 pm Intermediate & Advanced
$25 per class / $45 for both classes
Sean-nós means “old-style” in the Irish language. As a solo, improvised form of dance, the sean-nós style is as varied and unique as every dancer who dances it. A sean-nós dance performance is often informal, playful, and expressive, allowing the dancer to engage in a here-and-now dialogue with the music. Distinct from more modern forms of Irish step dancing, sean-nós dancing feature short rhythmic patterns, subtle movements with footwork kept close-to-the-floor, and a loose, relaxed upper body. Beginner students will learn the basic movements and rhythms that progress into popular steps found in Connemara sean-nós dancing. Intermediate/advanced students will learn more complex battering steps and will work on improvisational exercises to gain confidence in performing and creating their own dances.  

Location: Players Theater, 115 MacDougal Street, New York, NY, 10012.

Please note this is not at the Irish Arts Center.

Please wear comfortable clothing and sturdy shoes with a smooth, hard sole. No high heels, no sandals.

Beginners

Intermediate & Advanced

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IRISH LANGUAGE

Use the code EARLYBIRD to receive an additional $10 off each class
*Earlybird discount has been applied to members packagesOffer expires August 14th

 

Learn to speak as Gaeilge, or improve your current knowledge of the Irish language and impress your friends and family.

Irish Language I: Introduction
Jerry Kelly, Monday, 7:30 pm – 9 pm
$90 member / $120 general
A first course in the Irish language, introducing basic vocabulary, pronunciation, grammar, and practical use in conversation.

Location: Studio 150, 150 West 46th Street btw 6th and 7th Avenues, 6th floor. Please check-in with the front desk attendant for your room.

Please note this is not at the Irish Arts Center.

Please note that this class requires a textbook: Gaielge gan Stro! Beginners Level: A Multimedia Irish Language Course for Adults. You can purchase online on www.siopa.ie or Amazon.

Irish Language II: Beginners
Caoimhe Nic Giollarnáith, Monday, 7:30 pm – 9 pm
$140 member / $170 general
A class for those with some basic knowledge of the Irish language, designed to further the students' vocabulary and understanding of Irish.

Location: Studio 150, 150 West 46th Street btw 6th and 7th Avenues, 6th floor. Please check-in with the front desk attendant for your room.

Please note this is not at the Irish Arts Center.

Please note that this class requires a textbook: Gaielge gan Stro! Beginners Level: A Multimedia Irish Language Course for Adults. You can purchase online on www.siopa.ie or Amazon.

Irish Language III: Advanced Beginner
Jerry Kelly, Monday, 6 pm – 7:30 pm
$140 member / $170 general
For those with at least two prior semesters of Irish language or the equivalent. This level is designed as a two-term course, after which students continue on to Irish Language IV.

Location: Studio 150, 150 West 46th Street btw 6th and 7th Avenues, 6th floor. Please check-in with the front desk attendant for your room.

Please note this is not at the Irish Arts Center.

Please note that this class requires a textbook: Gaielge gan Stro! Lower Intermediate Level: A Multimedia Irish Language Course for Adults. You can purchase online on www.siopa.ie or Amazon.

Irish Language IV: Intermediate
Caoimhe Nic Giollarnáith, Monday, 6 pm – 7:30 pm
$140 member / $170 general
For those who have completed Levels I to III, or the equivalent. This level is designed to be repeated as necessary before students continue on to Irish Language V.

Location: Studio 150, 150 West 46th Street btw 6th and 7th Avenues, 6th floor. Please check-in with the front desk attendant for your room.

Please note this is not at the Irish Arts Center.

Please note that this class requires a textbook: Gaielge gan Stro! Lower Intermediate Level: A Multimedia Irish Language Course for Adults. You can purchase online on www.siopa.ie or Amazon.

Irish Language V: Advanced
Caoimhe Nic Giollarnáith, Wednesday, 6 pm – 7:30 pm
$140 member / $170 general
For those with at least four prior semesters of Irish language or the equivalent.

Location: Studio 150, 150 West 46th Street btw 6th and 7th Avenues, 6th floor. Please check-in with the front desk attendant for your room.

Please note this is not at the Irish Arts Center.

Tae Agus Comhrá (Tea and Conversation) 
Led by Caoimhe Nic Giollarnáith
Wednesday, 7:30 pm– 8:30 pm

(Begins Wednesday, September 17, and follows the term for 8 weeks)
FREE
Whether you are an absolute beginner, a native speaker, or somewhere in-between, make sure to drop by our comhrá or conversation get-together for a cup of tea and a chat as Gaeilge! A great supplement to our Irish language program and a chance to meet others interested in comhrá and a bit of craic.

Location: Studio 150, 150 West 46th Street btw 6th and 7th Avenues, 6th floor. Please check-in with the front desk attendant for your room.

Please note this is not at the Irish Arts Center.


LITERARY ARTS

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“A writer is someone who has taught his mind to misbehave” – Oscar Wilde. Following a successful first term, we will continue to offer 8-week Irish literature and writing courses.

Creative Writing
Yvonne Cassidy
6 week course beginning October 28th | Wednesday7 pm – 9 pm
$175 general / $145 members
They say everyone has a story and this new writing class with Irish novelist Yvonne Cassidy will help you tell yours. Over the course of six weeks, Yvonne will work with you to develop your story while you discover the fundamental tools of the craft of creative writing. Whether you want to write fiction, memoir, or about the lives of your Irish ancestors, this class will provide a fun and supportive environment to get pen to paper and write that story you’ve always wanted!

Location: Studio 150, 150 West 46th Street btw 6th and 7th Avenues, 6th floor. Please check-in with the front desk attendant for your room.

Please note this is not at the Irish Arts Center.

Elements of Playwriting
Honor Molloy and Joseph Goodrich, Thursday, 7pm-8:30pm

$150 member / $180 general
From Farquhar to Beckett, to Behan and Friel, Ireland has produced many of the world's major dramatists. Join Playwrights Honor Molloy and Joseph Goodrich for an eight-week journey through the Elements of Playwriting. Character, dialogue and plot will be examined through writing exercises, table readings, as well as the study and discussion of selected scenes from Irish Theatre. Each participant will develop and complete a ten-minute play in the course of the workshop. Molloy and Goodrich provide a lively and stimulating introduction to the art and craft of writing for the theatre.

Location: Studio 150, 150 West 46th Street btw 6th and 7th Avenues, 6th floor. Please check-in with the front desk attendant for your room.

Please note this is not at the Irish Arts Center.

Irish Film Club
Donall O’Healai
Two Levels!
Beginners-Intermediate: Saturday, December 5 from 5-9pm (with a break for dinner)
Intermediate-Advanced: Sunday, December 6 from 5-9pm (with a break for dinner)
$85 general / $70 member
This class is designed for anyone interested in the Irish language, and its use in contemporary visual media, in Irish film, and minority language broadcasting. These classes will afford participants a novel opportunity to increase their knowledge of the language, as well as learn the historical and contextual significance of Irish film today in a fun and social environment.

Location: Irish Arts Center, 553 West 51st Street, Gallery.

Beginners-Intermediate


Intermediate-Advanced



Instrument Rentals and Purchases

Fiddles/Violins

The Music Store
44 West 62nd Street
212-541-6236
Rental cost can apply to purchase

Strings and Other Things
1995 Broadway
6th Floor
212-362-0857
Print out e-mail confirmation of class registration for student discount.

String Works
www.stringworks.com

Johnson String Instruments
http://johnsonstring.com/


Bodhrán

The Drum Works
IAC recommends the 14 in or 18 in, with a tunable interior.


Tin Whistle

Tin whistles can be purchased in class for $10.

Harp

A limited number of harps are available to rent directly from the instructor. Contact Mia Theodoratus via email at harpgrrl@gmail.com to make arrangements.

Banjo and Mandolin

Bernunzio Uptown Music
(585) 473-6140

Astoria Music
718-204-0400

Bagpipe

Instructor Tom Downes recommends a standard polypenco practice chanter from:

John Nisbet, Pipers Cove
212 Kearny Ave.
Kearny, NJ.
Tel: 201-998-3695 or 201-998-9574

He can FedEx it in one day. 


Dance Shoes

Sansha New York

Sells many kinds of dance products, Irish dance soft shoes (Ghillies), movement shoes, dance shoes, dance leotards, and pointe shoes etc. Sansha will give the 10% discount whenever people come to the store from IAC. 

www.nydancestore.com/

888 8th Avenue
(on 53rd street, between Broadway and 8th Ave)
New York, NY 10019
P: (212) 246-6212

 

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TERM DATES

Upcoming term dates:

Fall TERM starts September 21st
Registration starts July 27th

8 week term begins September 21st

*Earlybird discount has been applied to members packagesOffer expires August 14th

 

Winter TERM starts January 25th
Registration starts November 23th

Contact classes@irishartscenter.org for urgent enquiries.

Please check location information to confirm where class is held. Not all classes are at Irish Arts Center.


 


Some classes require instruments. For information about instrument rentals and purchases, click here.


FAQ

Refund Policy for Classes

For specific questions on classes, contact Irish Arts Center via email classes@irishartscenter.org or call 212-757-3318

Please note that not all classes will be at the Irish Arts Center. Please check class locations below each class listing, email classes@irishartscenter.org or call 212-757-3318.


Please complete your registration form and register in any of the following ways:

By Mail
Mail your completed registration form to:
Irish Arts Center
c/o registration
553 West 51st Street
New York, NY 10019
Please enclose credit card information or a check made payable to the Irish Arts Center.

By Fax
212-247-0930 Click here for a downloadable registration form

By Phone
With a credit card. Call 866-811-4111

 


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A limited number of scholarships are available for those in need. Please contact via email classes@irishartscenter.org or call 212-757-3318 x214.

Please note: unused classes cannot be refunded, rescheduled or credited to another term.

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administrative office phone 212-757-3318 fax 212-247-0930
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