Reflecting Waltons’ ongoing commitment to Irish music, the New School offers a strong traditional and folk programme. Lessons are available forbeginner, intermediate and advanced students in bodhrán, fiddle (Irish traditional and bluegrass), flute, guitar, harmonica, Irish harp, mandolin, piano accordion, tenor banjo, tin and low whistles, and uilleann pipes. Weekly private (one-to-one) lessons are 30, 45 or 60 minutes in length. Group lessons,designed for students at the same level of proficiency who enrol together, areavailable as 30-, 45- and 60-minute ‘partner’ lessons, as well as 60-minutelessons for 3 or 4 students. Single 1- or 2-hour Intensive Lessons for both individuals and small groups are available for all of the traditional instruments taught at the ; instruments canb e provided for banjo, bodhrán, fiddle, guitar, mandolin and piano accordion intensive lessons.
Group Courses for Beginners
Beginning students can join Introducing Bodhrán, Introducing Fiddle, Introducing Harmonica or Introducing Tin Whistle, which provide foundation tuition in these instruments. No previousmusical experience is required.
Group Courses for Intermediate-Advanced Students
Fingerstyle Guitar and Trad Guitar are intensive introductions to the styles for players with some previous experience.
The New School’s Slow Sessions are traditional Irish music sessions in all ways except one: the tempo. We play the session tunes at a slower than normal pace (usually less than half the speed), so that beginning and intermediate players can more easily learn the tunes and join in the session. More experienced players who wish to refine their techniques at a slower pace are also very welcome.
Rig-a-Jig, the school's traditional music group, is open to students of all instruments, of at least intermediate standard. The group will be involved in selecting and arranging traditional music and song in an interesting and dynamic way. In addition to the vast repertoire of Irish music and song, some material from other traditions (such as those of Brittany, Galicia, Newfoundland, etc.) may be selected. The group will be encouraged to discuss andexperiment with musical arrangements, and the possibilities for composition of new music and song in a traditional style will also be explored. We aim to make good music, rehearsed to public performance standard, but to have fun in doing so.
Sounds Irish is an outreach workshop in Irish traditional music for primary schools and youth centres. The workshop features dynamic live demonstrations and allows participants to develop their musical awareness through the hands-on exploration of the forms, rhythms and instruments of Irish traditional music.