The Classes

Classes are held each morning and afternoon, Monday to Friday in the island’s arts centre Aras Eanna.

Students are separated into  different groups based on their playing ability. On the first day, a students skill level is individually assessed in a short private session with a panel including two of the teachers. Each student  will be asked to play along with a piece of music of their choice for about a minute. They will then be allocated to a particular grouping where they will be with people of similar standard. This means that students should be comfortable in their learning environment, and teachers are able to deliver more focused classes. Having been allocated to a particular learning group, students will normally remain with that group for the week, although if either a student or a teacher feels an individual would be more suited to an easier or more challenging level, then movement to another group can be arranged if this is approved by the Craiceann Team.

Each learning group will be located in a separate room, and teachers will rotate through the groups. The beginners group will be taught by the same teacher for the first half of the week and then get exposure to the other teachers for the second half of the week. Pupils may like to bring a recording device, but will be expected to ask each tutors permission before using this during class.


Classes



Classes


The Craiceann Masterclass
This will be in addition to our normal range of classes. It has been introduced in response to suggestions from our tutors that there is now a need for a professional level teaching experience targeted at that small number of people who are currently playing and performing at the very highest level.
Participation in this Masterclass will be solely on the recommendation of the tutors based on their personal knowledge of each player and his/her prowess. These people will be contacted individually and asked if they wish to apply.
The module will consist of four 2.5 hour intensive sessions on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday afternoons, each given by a different tutor. This year’s tutors are Mel Mercier, Colm Phelan, Cormac Byrne and Jim Higgins.
The course fee for this new module will be 280 Euros.
We believe that this development shows our determination to continually seek for innovation and progress so that Craiceann can remain as the premier world bodhrán learning experience!