Multi Instrument Classes

Irish Music Ensemble

Susan "Tudy" McLain
Meets every other Thursday (drop-in only)
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Experience the rhythm and melody of traditional Irish session music! Drop-in to this multi-instrument class, held every other Thursday, and participate in a slow session while learning simple dance tunes like "The Kesh Jig" and "The Butterfly." Welcoming to beginners and experts alike, this class is not just for harpists and pennywhistle players, but for any player who wants to raise a glass to the spirit of Irish music. Afterwards, each week, walk up the street to Shawn O'Donnell's Pub to participate in an Irish session! For questions or more information, contact Tudy McLain at

Understanding Classical Music

Stuart Esson
Twelve Tuesdays, June 5, 12, 19, 26, July 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, August 7, 14, 21
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
12 weeks, $285

Join Stuart Esson, author of Understanding the Tin Whistle (Mel Bay 2014), as he takes you on a rollicking, hands-on tour of A History of Western Music, the classic college textbook that explains in full what we know as Classical music. With his down-to-earth approach, Stuart explains everything that leads up to and includes the era of Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven, and everything that has happened since. After clearly defining the subject, the first session explains the origin of the seven-tone scale; the origin of notation; the chant of the Medieval Monks; and the Mass, where it all began. Stuart discusses all the historical periods in detail: The Medieval and Renaissance with Byrd, Tallis, and Monteverdi; Baroque and Classical with Vivaldi, Bach, Mozart, and Beethoven; and the Romantic and Modernist with Brahms, Wagner, Schoenberg, and Stravinsky; up to and including our present-day composers. Throughout the series, Stuart shares rare recordings and source books from his collection, as well as books by composers, scores, and portraits. An entertaining yet authoritative class, you’ll want to bring a notebook! At the end of the twelve weeks, you will truly Understand Classical Music! Handouts provided.