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CCE Boston Music School offers classes in all Irish traditional instruments at beginner, advanced beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels.

Réalta Geala Performance in Sligo

Réalta Geala at the Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann, Sligo 2015

This group of young musicians from Boston, Massachusetts, USA, represented theThe Reynolds-Hanafin-Cooley Branch of Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann at  the Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann in Sligo, Ireland in August 2015, a music competition for Irish traditional musicians.

Watch Réalta Geala Performance on Video

About Réalta Geala

Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann in Sligo, Ireland alta Geala is a group of young Irish traditional musicians from the greater Boston area associated with the CCE Boston Music School. They were one of the up-to-four bands allowed to compete from the United States. This is a great honor for the musicians and our Comhaltas organization is very proud of their accomplishments.

Realta Geala to Compete in All-Ireland Fleadh

fleadh-2015-sligoAfter a first place performance at the Mid-Atlantic Fleadh in Parsippany, New Jersey. the CCE Boston Music School Realta Geala group has an opportunity to compete in the All-Ireland Fleadh in Sligo in August 2015.

Learn more about the Realta Geala group and how you could support this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for these budding musicians.

The CCE Boston Music School is sponsored by the Reynolds-Hanafin-Cooley Branch.

 

New Instructors at the Music School

Lisa Coyne, Executive Director of Boston CCE Music School says,

“We are still signing up for CCE Spring classes! And I am delighted to announce that we will be joined by the illustrious John Whelan who will be teaching our accordion classes, Dan Accardi, who will be teaching concertina, and Jimmy Noonan, who will be teaching our flute and some whistle classes!”

You may sign up on the CCE Boston Music School website.

Ceili Mor Scholarship Fundraiser December 7th

Larry Reynolds Memorial Scholarship Ceili Mor Fundraiser

Irish Trad Music InstrumentsKeep the Tradition Growing! Support the “Larry Reynolds Memorial Scholarship Fund” for the CCE Boston Music School. Come out and join us at the “Ceili Mor” on Sunday December 7th 2014 at the Canadian-American Hall in Watertown. This takes the place of our usual music and dance session on the 1st Sunday of December.

Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann Reynolds-Hanafin-Cooley Branch
CEILI MOR
Sunday, December 7th, 3 PM -7 PM
Canadian-American Hall
202 Arlington Street, Watertown
Donation $12 at the door

Print a Flyer (see image below) for the Dec 7 2014 Ceili Mor Fundraiser

Or view our email notice sent on November 8th

Ceili Mor "Larry Reynolds Memorial Scholarship Fund" Fundraiser Sunday, December 7, 2014 3PM-7PM
Ceili Mor “Larry Reynolds Memorial Scholarship Fund” Fundraiser Sunday, December 7, 2014 3PM-7PM

Trad Youth Exchange Concerts

Boston-Tulla Trad Exchange

We are excited to unveil our Trad Youth Exchange Program that we have been putting together over the last several years!

Tulla Youth Arrive in Boston

We are bringing over 15 young All-Ireland Champion U12 Ceili Band musicians from Tulla, County Clare. This group of young musicians aged 9-14, with their teachers and parents, will meet, perform with, and develop friendships with 14 young musicians from the greater Boston area at music workshops, concerts, and other cultural events. We would like to invite you to come hear them play at two concert/fundraiser events.

Trad Youth Musicians at Boston CCE Music School Fall 2014
Young Musicians at the Boston CCE Music School

Fundraiser Events November 7th & 9th

Our two main events are the Trad Youth Concert at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Melrose on Friday, November 7th, and the Mary MacNamara & Friends CD Release Party at the Burren in Somerville on Sunday, November 9th.

ALL PROCEEDS FROM THESE CONCERTS go to support the Trad Youth Exchange Program! – specifically the costs of hosting the Tulog group and travel costs for our youngsters to visit them in Ireland in February 2015. The TULOG group will also be selling copies of their fabulous new CD called “Unfolding.” You can hear clips of this on Saturday, November 1st when Lisa Coyne speaks with Brian O’Donovan on A Celtic Sojourn at 4pm!

Buy Tickets Online!

Tickets to these two events are being sold on EventBrite ~ see links below – Tickets are also available at the door.

Concert Window – Listen and Donate!

If you can’t make the concert (and you should try to!!) and choose to watch it online instead, you may watch via Concert Window — All proceeds will go to benefit the Trad Youth Exchange. Here are the  links:

Donations Welcome! Online or Mail a Check

Donations are welcome! Donate online  or send a tax deductible contribution by mail .

Make check payable to  CCÉ Boston Music SChool
and please note TRAD YOUTH EXCHAGNE on the check.
Mail to:
TRAD YOUTH EXCHANGE
c/o MIKE HICKEY
100 WOODPECKER ROAD
STOUGHTON MA 02072

Find out more about the Trad Youth Exchange supported by Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann Reynolds-Hanafin-Cooley Boston Branch at http://tradyouthexchange.weebly.com/ .

You are in for some fabulous music at the concerts! Please come out and join us and help us keep the tradition growing!

Tara Lynch, Chairperson
Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann ~ Reynolds-Hanafin-Cooley Branch

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