Boston CCE Music School Fall 2014

Fall Classes at the Boston CCE Music School

Here are some highlights of the fall semester class offerings at the Boston CCE Music School. Registration is now going on. The CCE day runs from 9 – 2pm on Saturdays. See the tuition info here. Classes are held at the St. Columbkille Partnership School in Brighton at 25 Arlington Street, Brighton MA 02135. Questions about classes? (We’ve got answers.) Or contact an administrator at the music school. See faculty profiles here.

Children’s Classes

Generally speaking, our Children’s Intro classes tend to be at 9:30, with other classes starting at 10. Beginner and improver classes will be earlier in the day, and more intermediate and advanced students can expect to be scheduled later in the day.

New Classes

We are offering some new classes this term, and will be joined by Kathleen Conneely as a returning whistle teacher – I hope many of you take the opportunity to explore working with her, and try out these new offerings!

Playing for The Sets – taught by Joey Abarta

In this ten class workshop, Joey will take students through repertoire and variation for playing for set and ceili dances. An Irish musician isn’t a true Irish musician unless they can play for dancers. Taking the five most common set dances, a few waltzes, and mazurkas, you will explore exactly what it takes to play a full night of music for dancing.

Low D Whistle Class – taught by Torrin Ryan

For intermediate to advanced players interested in learning low whistle.

Flute Master Class: Flute Forum with James Hamilton – advanced players only

Refinement topics for players who’ve mastered essential flute technique. While other flute classes will focus on advancing students’ mechanics, this course will offer students with advanced technique an opportunity to focus on stylistic nuance. We’ll discuss different regional flute styles and recommended players, and hopefully cross-pollinate with other instruments and their technique.

Fiddle Master Class with Tina Lech – advanced players only

The 10-week fiddle master class will be broken up into 2-3 smaller sections focusing on fiddle ornaments and bowing, phrasing, and the final section on duet and trio playing. Players who choose to participate should already be able to play jigs, reels, and hornpipes on their own at a moderate session pace without stopping and be able to learn and memorize

Realta Geala

Realta Geala is now broken into two classes – Realta Geala Jr. (open to all kids) & Realta Geala Sr (by instructor invitation/permission – this is a performance-based ensemble and will include our Trad Youth Exchange Group).

 

10 Tips for Practicing Your Music

Are You a Musician or Music Student?

Are you a musician? Maybe you are learning a new musical instrument – possibly even at our Boston CCE Music School, which starts up again in September. The following suggestions may help make your practice sessions more enjoyable.

music student practicing fiddle

NPR Article Offers Music Practice Tips

NPR Music republished an article “10 Easy Ways To Optimize Your Music Practice” originally posted by Anastasia Tsioulcas, Associate Producer, NPR Music, September 03, 2013.

Music Practice Tips – Link to Original Article

Here are the highlights, but be sure to check out the full NPR article; it is full of ideas to help inspire you or to help your child enjoy more rewarding practice sessions.

  1. Find somewhere quiet.
  2. Have your supplies nearby.
  3. Technology can be an amazing aid.
  4. Begin with the end in mind: Have a goal for each practice session before you start playing.
  5. Map a practice session out like a workout.
  6. Practice smarter, not necessarily longer.
  7. Don’t always start at the beginning every time.
  8. Challenge yourself — physically.
  9. Practice away from your instrument.
  10. Reward hard work — in positive ways — to help your brain automate good habits.

Source: http://www.npr.org/blogs/deceptivecadence/2013/09/03/216906386/10-easy-ways-to-optimize-your-music-practice

 

Dusty Windosills Irish Trad Music Links

Website Links for Irish Trad Musicians

“Dusty Windowsills” is a great resource for information on local trad sessions in the Boston area, Irish music festivals, learning Irish music, tunes played at the Green Briar, and such. See the page links below to link to their website.

Dusty Windowsills

Boston Irish Music Events Calendar on Dusty Windowsills – home page and calendar of events

Trad Sessions Listings in the Greater Boston Area on Dusty Windowsills – local trad action

List of Irish Music Festivals in the Boston Area and Further on Dusty Windowsills  – Irish Music Festivals in Boston and Ireland

The Green Briar Early Session “Tune of the Month” on Dusty Windowsills – links to videos and sheet music

This is a wealth of information for Boston area traditional Irish musicians!

Chairperson’s Greetings July & August 2014

A chairde,

Tara Lynch, Chairperson
Tara Lynch, Chairperson

Hope you’re all enjoying the long days of summer.

I extend my best wishes to the competitors heading to the Scoil Eigese and Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann in Sligo . . . enjoy the experience and savor the memories.

Here at home, I remind everyone to be sure and visit www.irishculture.org ~ the Irish Cultural Center website to check out all the happenings and events.

Also, visit www.irishmassachusetts.com to catch a full round-up of summer and fall concerts and events . . . the official site of (BITA) Boston Irish Tourism Association.

Enclosed with this month’s newsletter is a notice detailing a gala weekend of irish music, heritage & culture presented by The Pillar House Bar & Restaurant in Ballinasloe, Ireland. The weekend was arranged to pay tribute to our former beloved chairman, Larry Reynolds.  [See more about the weekend here.]

God bless everyone . . . Tara Lynch, Chairperson

Larry Reynolds Memorial Weekend in Ballinasloe 2014

Ballinasloe Honors Larry Reynolds

Larry Reynolds in Ballinasloe
Larry Reynolds in Ballinasloe [photo from Facebook Event - click to go to event page.]
Ballinasloe, in County Galway, is paying tribute to Larry Reynolds in September 2014  with a weekend of Irish Music, Heritage & Culture: The Larry Reynolds Memorial Weekend.

View/Print the flyer for the Larry Reynolds Memorial Weekend, Ballinasloe, County Galway, Ireland for more details.

Chairperson’s Greetings June 2014

A chairde,

Tara Lynch, Chairperson
Tara Lynch, Chairperson

May 17th will go down in CCÉ Boston Music School history books . . . the second annual Féili Cheoil in Melrose was outstanding. We were blessed with nice weather and a wonderful turnout of competitors, musicians, and volunteers.

Thanks to all who promoted, participated and/or came along to support this event. The lovely evening concert by “Open the Door for Three” was brilliant and a great round of sean nos dancers topped off the event. Special thanks to dedicated parents and skillful teachers who prepared competitors for both the Mid-Atlantic Fleadh in New Jersey and the Féili Cheoil in Melrose. Well done all !

The monthly Seisiún will resume in September. On Sun., June 1st there will be a céili fundraiser at the Canadian-American Hall for the branch members who qualified at the Mid-Atlantic Fleadh in New Jersey and who are heading to the Fleadh in Sligo in August to compete. Proceeds from this event will help offset their travel costs. Looking forward to seeing many of you there.

Happy Father’s Day . . . a special day indeed !

God bless everyone . . . Tara Lynch, Chairperson

Feile Cheole Boston 2014

Second Annual Féile Cheoil Boston May 17

Feile Cheoil Boston May 17 2014 Flyer - Click on Flyer for a printable copy!
Feile Cheoil Boston May 17 2014 Flyer – Click on Flyer for a printable copy!

Registration for the Competition

Register online and we’ll collect the fee of $5 per competition ($10 max per family) at the Feile Office on the day of the competition. Registration of competitors will continue on Saturday and all payments will be collected from 10 – 12:30 in the fleadh office. [There isn't a category on the form that reflects a trio; in that case,  just note it on the registration form and it will be fine.)

Here is the competition schedule:

  • 12:30: U10 competitions
  • 1:15: U12 competitions
  • 2:00: U15 competitions
  • 2:45: U18 competitions
  • 3:15 adult competitions

We'll divide these time-slots into groups, with beginner / intermediate / advanced categories.

Chips, cookies, and drinks will be available for purchase at $1 each

Other fundraiser activities include t-shirts and raffle tickets.  Performer CDs will be available (proceeds to performers).

Kids' activities include face painting, crafts, various relay races, and water balloons!

Consider bringing a lawn chair for yourselves for the music on the lawn - we have a *really good* lineup, from 11am - 4, including a storyteller!!!

Competitions from 1-4PM

Competitions will be held in such categories as fiddle, flute, accordion and singing. Entrants can register online through the Féile Cheoil website or from 10AM-1PM at the venue. The competitions will take place from 1-4PM.

Afternoon Performances and Sessions

There will be afternoon performances and sessions with local musicians such as Armand Aromin and Daniel Accardi, Cara Frankowicz and the trio Ceol Corvus, among others.

Evening Concert

Click on image for concert poster "Open the Door for Three"
Click on image for concert poster “Open the Door for Three”

Piper Kieran O’Hare and fiddler Liz Knowles return this year, along with bouzouki player and vocalist Pat Broaders, as Open the Door for Three – a trio of highly acclaimed musicians with strong roots in the Irish tradition whose individual and collective resumes include “Riverdance,” Cherish the Ladies, Mick Moloney and The Greenfields of America, Liz Carroll, John Doyle, Danú, Robbie O’Connell, The String Sisters, and John Whelan.

Flyer Open the Door Concert

Realta Geala & Championship Performances

Before the evening concert begins there will be a 6PM performance by Realta Geala, an ensemble of young musicians from the Boston Comhaltas Music School. Féile Cheoil 2014 champions will be featured at 7:30 p.m., followed by Open the Door for Three.

Tulla – Boston Exhange

The evening event will be the launch of a four-part concert series hosted by the Comhaltas School and the Melrose Messina Arts Fund, proceeds from which will go to support a young traditional musicians exchange program involving the Boston Comhaltas School and a ceili band in Tulla directed by renowned concertina player Mary MacNamara. The Tulla musicians are scheduled to come to Boston in November, and will give a concert during their stay; their Boston counterparts would visit Ireland next February.

Event Logistics

The second annual Féile Cheoil will be held Sat., May 17th in Melrose. The fundraiser is to support the Trad Youth Exchange Program. Fifteen of our young musicians will be meeting with fifteen youngsters from the Tulog Céili Band in Tulla, County Clare. The Tulog group will be coming to Boston in November 2014 and our group travels in February 2015. Proceeds will help defray travel costs. Come out for a few tunes during the day, either to participate or compete. “Open The Door For Three” finale concert in the evening ~ not to be missed!

Reynolds, Hanafin, Cooley Branch – Boston, MA