Atlanta Irish Music School

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Ceili Band Classes

Classes Starting Fall 2021 in Alpharetta, Georgia

To accommodate students from all Metro Atlanta counties, Ceili Band classes meet Sunday afternoons of each month and avoid all holiday weekends (based on the Fulton County Schools Calendar).  All specific dates are on the calendar page. Classes run August thru May at our main location in downtown Alpharetta.  Students and teachers only are permitted in class.  New students may visit a class before enrolling.  Please contact the Director

Fall 2021 Class & Performance Calendar (Coming soon!)

Ceili Band Class

Whistle Class: I & 2:  No experience needed!  Students can be absolute beginners wanting to quickly learning Irish music.  As students advance, they can stay on whistle as their main instrument or they may transition to Irish Flute, Pipes, Piano Accordion or Concertina. 


Ceili Band: High School: This class is for students that have mastered classic repertoire and ornamentation and are moving into mulit- part and advanced reels tunes.


Ceili Band: Middle School: This class is for students working on 'classic' Irish repertoire:  Reels, Jigs, Slip Jigs, Hornpipes, Polkas. Learning and perfecting ornamentation such as rolls, cuts and trebles.


Ceili Band: Elementary  :  This class is for students with a 1 to 2-year mastery of their instrument.  In this course students will learn  standard beginning Irish tunes such as marches, airs, polkas, slides, simple jigs and reels.  Grades 3rd, 4th, 5th. 


Purpose of Ceili Band and Festival Band

The purpose of Ceili Band and Festival Bands are to function as an ENSEMBLE Class.  Students learn to perform as a band or team to perform at community events and improve their personal and group traditional Irish musicianship to the highest level.

Festival Band Class: Grúpaí Ceoil 

Gael: GAEL is a performance oriented class that will focus on modern and Gruapai Cheoil -style arrangements of traditional Irish music. The objective of GAEL is to teach advanced traditional Irish youth musicians performance techniques, harmonic arrangements, advanced traditional music as well as provide authentic community and National performance experiences. GAEL is an invitation only class and participants must meet the below requirements to stay in good standing with group. 

All GAEL members must:

1. be of high school age/ grade level or collegiate level.
2.  be a member of AJCB Advanced Ceili Band class. (18 years of age and under)
3.  take at least two private lessons on their primary instrument each month during the school year with an Irish music teacher of their choice either on-site or online.
4.  must come to all classes, rehearsals and workshops.   Failure to attend special rehearsals or a mandatory workshop may result in suspension from the next performance.
5.  agree to play/study a second instrument of their choice.
6.  respond to emails from Katherine in a timely manner.

Other notes:

1. Participating in all shows and all fleadhanna is optional and each show will be booked individually.
2. GAEL may require a an additional costume.
3. It is my goal that every child's unique talent is displayed within this ensemble; thus, it important to know that not all students will play all shows.  At times, small sub-groups from GAEL will be pulled out to perform at certain events.  This will be at the discretion of myself, teacher. However, it will be my goal that ever child has equal opportunities to perform.
4. GAEL follows the AJCB policies.  All musical arrangements aka 'shows' are property of the AJCB and my not be played by other ensembles other than GAEL.


Tara: Middle and Elementary school band that expands traditional tunes into mixed instrumental and vocal arrangements and focuses on performance skills. Recommendation only.  Required to attend all Tara rehearsals and shows.  See school calendar


Class Location

Classes are held in Alpharetta, Georgia and online.