Tradition Meets Innovation

Take a lookFrom the Author

Welcome to, home of Ceol: Learning and Teaching Irish Traditional Music. I have been playing and teaching Irish music for the past 15 years, and I can tell you that becoming a part of this musical tradition has not only changed my approach to music & music education, it has changed my life for the better. I believe you will find Ceol to be loaded with the information you need and it will be the best and easiest way to learn or teach this fantastic music. Because I am a professional music educator, I originally envisioned this method to be a teaching curriculum for other educators. But as it has evolved, I have realized that it is just as valuable for developing trad musicians. Some of our key points are:

Two kinds of instruction for different learners: Style, technique, and tunes are learned through modeling, with written notation as secondary reinforcement

  • A high level of interactivity, with audio and video files providing both examples and instruction
  • Excellent resources with recordings from world-class musicians

With the Ceol method, we are doing what music methods in nearly every style have failed to do: We are harnessing the technology of the 21st century and using to bring this great, vibrant, living musical tradition to you. We hope you enjoy it.

Take a lookIn Summary

Ceol: Learning and Teaching Irish Traditional Music is all about help the practicing music educator or the developing musician understand and learn to play traditional music.

The first two sections of the book are more for music teachers. They address the reasons why we should teach folk music in schools and the importance of being authentic—in repertoire, style, pedagogy, and more.

  • The middle sections are on the history of Ireland and Irish music, instruments and regional styles, types of tunes and tune construction. The final sections are technical instruction.

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