Traditional Music Instrument Classes

Last reviewed May 7, 2015

If you have knowledge of lessons in Irish traditional music in the extended MD/VA area
please sent me a note with details (email me here).

Washington  (metro) Area : Baltimore (and non-local) Area :

regularly scheduled classes

Washington Conservatory of Music    

Irish music lessons with:
-  Keith Carr - bouzouki,
-  Tina Eck - flute,
-  Jesse Winch - bodhran,
-  Mitch Fanning - fiddle

schedule: multi-week workshops at various times of the year

bodhran: Mondays
flute: Tuesdays
bouzouki :Tuesdays
fiddle: Wednesdays

Glen Echo Park
7300 MacArthur Blvd
Glen Echo, MD

website for more info and register online

Baltimore Irish Arts Center - Irish Music Lessons 

Following classes to be offered:
Button Accordion - Billy & Sean McComiskey
Fiddle (intermediate/adv.) - Jimmy Eagan
Fiddle (beginning) - Donna Long
Tin Whistle/Flute - Laura Byrne
Bodhran - Myron Bretholz
Intro to Irish Arts (for kids 6-10) - Lucy Jickling

schedule: 6 Saturdays, Jan 7 -- Feb 18    
Six 1.5 hour long classes on Saturday mornings from 11am-12:30pm.

First & St. Stephens United Church of Christ
(York & Regester)

More information at
or call 443-629-8699

Reply to Laura with any questions

Karen Ashbrook   (Jun-Aug)        
2015 Sligo Creek Hedge School    
an Irish Music & Culture Camp for Children
in Silver Spring, MD

This year’s camp dates are:    
Teen Celtic Band Week - June 28-July 3, ages 12-19
Musicians’ Week - July 27-31, ages 9-14
Irish Music & Arts for All - July 20-24, ages 9-14
Sprouting Celts - July 9-13,  ages 7-9 

The Sligo Creek Hedge School offers Irish music and
culture summer camps for children ages 7-19 in Silver Spring, MD.
The camps include pennywhistle and bodhran (Irish drum)
instruction, singing, poetry, field trips to instruments builders, crafts and more! We have a special program for higher level
teenage musicians interested in ensemble performing.


For more information call or email me,
Karen Ashbrook   301-592-0101

Blue Ridge Irish Music Society (BRIMS)
classes for various instruments  
sponsored by Blue Ridge Irish Music School (BRIMS)

Classes will include fiddle, tinwhistle, bodhrán, and stepdance, and a non-performance introduction to the history of Irish traditional music.
location: Most classes will be held in Charlottesville, but if demand and resources allow, stepdance and fiddle may be offered at the Rockfish Valley Community Center near Nellysford.

For more information or to register,

Betsy O'Malley
sponsored by City of Fairfax Parks & Rec

Beginner Mandolin / Fundamentals - Thurs
Adv ./ Intermed Mandolin - Thurs
Session A - Feb 20 - Mar 27
Session B - Apr 27 - May 29

location: Stacy C. Sherwoold Comm. Center

To register, visit
for more info. please call  703-560-4719

The Community Music School of the Piedmont    


in Loudoun and Fauquier counties

Laura O'Kelly Cullinane
(540) 592-7048

private individual lessons

Philippe Varlet
private lessons on fiddle, also mandolin, tenor banjo,
bouzouki, guitar, whistle, B/C accordion

at his home in downtown Silver Spring, MD    

$40 per 45min lesson

Charlottesville/Gordonsville area  

Alex Caton
fiddle lesson


Rob Greenway
private lessons on concert flute, whistle, guitar


Williamsburg, VA  

Paula Grant
available for private lessons and workshops on fiddle in and around the area


Mitch Fanning  
private lessons on fiddle
in Silver Spring, MD


Southern Maryland

Danny Flynn
lessons on button and piano accordion    
in Southern Maryland


Tina Eck    
private lessons on Irish flute and tin whistle
in Cabin John, MD

$45 per 45 min lesson
301-299-5223 or 202-812-8614

Keith Carr    
private lessons on bouzouki and Irish tenor banjo
in Falls Church, VA

$45 per 45 min lesson, $50 per hour lesson


Betsy O’Malley

Private lessons in mandolin, tenor banjo,
and pennywhistle in Vienna, VA

$45 per hour
703-560-4719 and 703-927-4304 (cell)

Pauline Lerner          
private lessons on fiddle
in Rockville, MD

$30 per 45 min lesson


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