Kansas City School of Irish Music

Current Tune-Learning Class:

Welcome to the Kansas City School of Irish Music.   Here you will place to learn tunes from Ireland, Scotland, the Shetland Islands, Galacia, Brittany, Cape Breton, and beyond.  In 2019, our first six-week group class of the relaunched KC School of Irish Music will run January 21 – February 25. 
This tune-learning class is from 6:30 – 8pm, at the KC Irish Center, 19 W. Linwood Blvd., KCMO  64111 (816-474-3848).
Tuition is $120 for a six week class.  A 10% discount will be given to anyone registering prior to Jan 14th.  An additional discount of 10% will be applied for anyone who is a member of the Kansas City Irish Center. 
Classes are for all ages, and all instruments. Students should have a basic facility with their instruments (advanced-beginner level).  We will focus on aural learning. 

Contact: Eddie Edwards to register.

We have a lot of fun at our learning sessions, and they a valuable stepping stone toward playing in a real session. The session (seisiún in Irish) is the place to find the true spirit of Irish music. This is community music, and needs to be played in a community. Every time you play this music with others in a public space you give it roots in your community.  So, get involved in sessions as soon as possible, so you can fully understand what this music is all about.  As Eileen Ivers has written, “The core of it all is the seisiún and the infectious joy on the players’ faces as they share in the music and maybe even pass on a new tune to a student of the tradition.”  For our local sessions go to either the KC session page or the Lawrence session page.  Come enjoy the music!

About the Kansas City School of Irish Music

In the Fall of 2006 All-Ireland Champion flute and whistle player Turlach Boylan established The Kansas City School of Irish Music (KCSIM) at what was then called The Kansas City Irish Museum and Cultural Center, and located in  Union Station (30 West Pershing Road, KCMO) — the KC Irish Center is now at Drexel Hall (corner of Baltimore and Linwood).   At the start of 2007 Dave Agee began to teach fiddle at the school, and in 2008 the KCSIM added two additional instructors, Douglas Goodhart (fiddle, tine whistle, and bodhran), and Emily McIntyre (harp, piano, and vocals).  While the school flourished for a short time, classes were no longer being held by mid-2009.  

In late 2012 Leslie Edward Jones — who is also better known in music circles as Eddie Edwards (thanks to his friend Eddie KC Delahunt) — began discussing teaching Irish music classes as the KC Irish Center (still then in Union Station).  In January 2013 Eddie Edwards and his friend David Agee began teaching group classes.  By the second group class in late March, KC new-comer Molly McLaughlin (whistle, flute, and bodhran) agreed to join us as an instructor, contributing her substantial musical ability and knowledge.  Though open to players of all levels, our classes were eventually divided into beginner classes and intermediate/advanced level.   We added a bodhrán class in November 2013, and at the start of 2014 we officially joined the Kansas City School of Irish Music (founded in 2006).  These Tuesday evening group classes continued into the Spring of 2015, with individual lessons on flute, tin whistle, banjo, mandolin, guitar, and bodhrán also available.

Just as in the 2013-2015 group classes, starting with the 2019 relaunch of the Kansas City School of Irish Music, our initial six-week tune learning class will focus on teaching tunes played in Irish sessions, both local ones and those around the globe. We set out the basic melody, the “bones” of the tunes, phrase by phrase, and then discuss and illustrate some variations if time permits.  These goal of classes is to get you started on the joyful road to playing in any session, anywhere in the world!    

Thus, after a three year hiatus, we are very exited to re-launch the Kansas City School of Irish Music at the Kansas City Irish Center in late January of 2019!  Classes will begin on Monday, 21 January 2019 at 6:30pm, with a 6:00pm brief orientation.

Please be aware, that though 2019 is our relaunch of group tune-learning classes, we are making plans within plans! You can expect the school to build over the next few years. Also, depending on interest/requests, we plan on adding classes for guitar/bouzouki backing, and for bodhrán in the near future. We are also anticipating adding one-on-one classes on various instruments, with a number of different instructors; and eventually classes in other genres of traditional music! Remember, your requests and your feedback will be very important as we move forward. So, thank you in advance! 😁

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