Concertina I: Beginners/Basic

8 weekly sessions for the new learner


$165 general / $135 members 60 minutes

Sep 25 – Nov 13



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Please note this class is NOT at Irish Arts Center.

Shelter Studios
244 West 54th Street 
(between 8th Ave. and Broadway)
New York, NY 10019 
11th floor, Room 1102 (Reception desk located on the 12th floor)
This studio is accessible by elevator.


Douglas Barr, Tuesdays, 6pm—7pm

8 weekly sessions beginning Tuesday, September 25, 2018  

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. 

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,, to let us know if you would like to rent an instrument. 


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Irish Arts Center programs are supported, in part, by government partners including the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council; Culture Ireland, the agency for the promotion of Irish arts worldwide; the Department of Foreign Affairs and the Consulate of Ireland in New York; The Ireland Funds, America; Howard Gilman Foundation; Tourism Ireland; Bloomberg Philanthropies; The Nancy Malone Living Trust; The Shubert Foundation; The Society of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick in New York City; The Society of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick in Westchester County; The Knights of St. Patrick; The Jerome L. Greene Foundation; Milwaukee Irish Fest Foundation; and thousands of generous donors like you.

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