Wednesday Mar 4th, 7pm - 9pm
Founded in 1972, Irish Arts Center is a New York-based arts and cultural center dedicated to projecting a dynamic image of Ireland and Irish America for the 21st century, building community with audiences of all backgrounds, and preserving the stories and traditions of Irish culture for generations to come.
Our multi-disciplinary programming is centered around three core areas:
The IAC has a great staff and support structure - and James was a fantastic teacher. Excited to take up Fiddle II!
Ben was amazing, very nice and patient teacher, he got us playing and was always encouraging and upbeat! We learned three songs, amazing! Can’t wait to sign up with him again!
I like the sound of Irish. The thing I enjoyed most about the class was hearing a native speaker. The teacher introduced the Ranganna site, and I think this approach is the best for me. Seems that a real problem for me learning the language is that the spoken language is not immediately evident from the written. A good example is the phase, "thank you." The teacher captured my interest in learning Irish, and I'll stick with it. Not as an obsession, but as something interesting to do.
Unfortunately one of the only affordable introductory harp classes available in NYC. You get what you pay for, which isn't much. Mia plays well and you can tell she has trained for years, however she is not a good teacher at all. She does not explain things well and admits to copying techniques from other teachers. She spends most of the class talking about herself/her life, events she has played and parties she attended with other harpists. She does not give you enough time to practice in class so you can remember when you get home. She just has you take a video of her playing it and says to learn it on your own at home. OR! She recommends watching random youtube videos to learn, which I could have done without paying for the wasted travel time. If you actually want to learn, pay more for another class with absolutely ANYONE else.
Great exposure to the language. It would be better if the teachers took charge of the class more actively and did more directed drills, especially on orthography and pronunciation which were difficult for all the students.
Yvonne is great, and really helped me stay motivated with my writing!
Yvonne is a great writer instructor! I learned a lot and really enjoyed the course!
By the end of the class, we were able to play all three sections of a song that sounded very impressive. Mia helped break it down into easy to understand parts. I'd happily recommend this class to all! Though I will mentioned that it might be more challenging for people who haven't ever taken a music class before.
James was great in introducing fiddler! Will definitely continue... totally recommend it!
What a wonderful group of people. I love the instructor and the material - both were top knotch and oozing with authenticity and joy. A pleasure!