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 Sunday afternoon and Monday morning 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. As well as the structured daily classes Monday thro’ Friday classes, on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings there will also be classes where each student can choose to attend the a particular tutor.  Some of these evening classes will have specific themes and others will be more free-form where topics can be decided by student/tutor agreement.

The Craiceann Masterclass

In 2013 we started the Masterclass as an experimental addition to the normal Craiceann curriculum, and it has now been in place for seven years. We feel that it is now time to carry out a comprehensive review of its purpose, structure, content, and overall effectiveness. Based on the results of this review, we may decide to continue it in its present form, change it in some significant way, or even discontinue it.

We will have arrived at a decision by the end of February 2020, and will then communicate this to all concerned.  Until then, we will not be taking any Masterclass bookings.