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MUSIC

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

$140 member / $170 non-member
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.

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, 7 pm–8 pm

Monday, 8 pm–9 pm
$115 member / $145 non-member
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 non-member
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 non-member

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, 6 pm–7 pm
$140 member / $170 non-member

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 non-member

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–8 pm
Peadar Ó hÍcí
with guest teachers, $140 member / $170 non-member
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.

Please note that this will meet on the following schedule: April 13April 20th (2 hours), March 11 (2 hours), May 18 (2 hours), June 1 (one hour)

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

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 non-member
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: 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.

Celtic Harp II: Exploring Melody, Chords and Rhythm
Mia Theodoratus, Wednesday, 6 pm – 7 pm
$140 member / $170 non-member
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: 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
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 non-member
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 non-member
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 non-member
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
Laurie Norman, Thursday, 6 pm - 7 pm
$115 member / $145 non-member
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: Beginner
Laurie Norman, Thursday, 7 pm – 8 pm
$140 member / $170 non-member
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
Laurie Norman, Thursday, 8 pm – 9 pm
$140 member / $170 non-member
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 non-member
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.

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, 7:15 pm – 9:00
$115 member / $145 non-member
A class in traditional Irish piping on the practice chanter. Also open to those with a full set. Tutoring to advanced players. 

Location: Irish Arts Center, 553 West 51st street, 3rd floor

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 non-member
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 non-member
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: For banjo players, this class covers 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 non-member
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 non-member
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: Beginners
Seagda Coyle, Wednesdays 8pm-9pm
$140 member / $170 non-member

This course provides detailed description and explanation of how to perform virtually every operation on the Irish B/C button accordion such as bellows control (basses for the accordion) and ornamentation (grace notes, triplets, rolls, etc.). Aural, rhythm and sight-reading skills will be developed through a diverse range of Irish tunes such as reels, jigs, polkas, slides, and hornpipes. Students will also gain a comprehensive knowledge of regional style approaches to phrasing and rhythm.

Location: 250 W. 54th between 7th and 8th avenue, 11th floor, Studio I

Please note this is not at the Irish Arts Center.

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

For those with at least two prior semesters of Button Accordion or the equivalent.

Location: 250 W. 54th between 7th and 8th avenue, 11th floor, Studio I

Please note this is not at the Irish Arts Center.

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Dance

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.

Beginning Step Dance (Two class times!)
Betty Sheehan, TCRG, Monday, 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
$115 member / $145 non-member
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: 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.



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

$115 member / $145 non-member
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. Please check-in with reception for your room. 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.

Intermediate Step Dance
Betty Sheehan, TCRG, Monday, 7 pm – 8 pm
$115 member / $145 non-member
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 non-member
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 non-member
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 non-member
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.

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IRISH LANGUAGE

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

Two Sections!
Irish Language I: Introduction
Jerry Kelly, Monday, 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm
$90 member / $120 non-member
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.


Irish Language I: Introduction

Jerry Kelly, Monday, 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
$90 member / $120 non-member
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.

Irish Language II: Beginners
Caoimhe Nic Giollarnáith, Monday, 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
$140 member / $170 non-member
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.

Irish Language III: Advanced Beginner
Jerry Kelly, Monday, 6 pm – 7:30 pm
$140 member / $170 non-member
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.

Irish Language IV: Intermediate
Caoimhe Nic Giollarnáith, Monday, 6 pm – 7:30 pm
$140 member / $170 non-member
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.

Irish Language V: Advanced
Fachtna Ó hAodha, Wednesday, 6 pm – 7:30 pm
$140 member / $170 non-member
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.

Irish Language Television and Film
Led by Donall O’Healai
Monday, 8:00pm-10:00pm on April 27, May 4, May 11, May 18
$140 member / $170 non-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. Texts that will be discussed are Corp agus Anam - TG4's hit drama series; Sínte - a short film by director Tom O Suillivan; and Ros na Rún - TG4's long-running soap opera and Paul Mercier's award winning teenage drama show Aifric. Each class will consist of an introduction to the text being screened, followed by a (partial) screening and then an analysis and discussion of the language, narrative, themes and characters portrayed in the text. The background and history of Irish-language television and film will also be addressed and its future prospects explored. These classes will afford participants a novel opportunity to increase their knowledge of the language.

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

Tae Agus Comhrá (Tea and Conversation) 
Led by Fachtna O’hAodha
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

The Irish Short Story
Andrew Fox, Tuesday, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
$140 member / $170 non-member
This class will examine the past, explore the present, and consider the future of the Irish short story – a literary form often considered to be one for which Irish writers have a natural talent. It aims to serve both as an introduction for those new to Irish literature and as a way for those more experienced to continue to pursue their interest. Each week, we will discuss a selection of short fiction by a mix of canonical writers and those who are less well known, asking questions of theme, style, and many other features.

The following books (any edition) are required:
Colin Barrett: Young Skins
Kevin Barry: Dark Lies the Island
William Trevor: The Oxford Book of the Irish Short Story

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.

Creative Writing
Yvonne Cassidy, Wednesday, 7pm-8:30pm
$140 member / $170 non-member
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 eight 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.



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.

Button Accordion

For information on acquiring a button accordion, or if you are about to purchase one and need some assistance to make sure it is the proper instrument, please contact John Nolan at www.AccordionWizard.com

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

Winter term:      
Monday, January 26 – Thursday, March 19

Spring term:      
Monday, April 13 – Thursday, June 4

Thanks for your interest in registering for spring classes! Registration will open March 10th. Make sure to register between March 10 and April 1 for the Early Bird discount! 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.

box office phone 866-811-4111
administrative office phone 212-757-3318 fax 212-247-0930
553 West 51 Street, New York, NY 10019 | DIRECTIONS
general information info@irishartscenter.org
office hours Monday-Friday 10 am – 6 pm

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