Classes And Instruction

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Academy of Irish Music

The Academy of Irish Music students meet weekly at the Center. Group classes and private lessons are available for flute, whistle, bodhran, fiddle, viola and cello. Students are divided into junior, intermediate and senior ensemble groups based on ability, experience and instrumental needs.

Students come from all over Chicagoland. Most participate in school bands and orchestras and many are Suzuki-trained. These kids really enjoy what they learn and for them playing music is all about fun.

The students of the Academy compete individually and as group at the Midwest Fleadh Cheoil, the qualifying competition for the All-Ireland music competition held each year in late August.

The Academy also offers adult lessons on a variety of instruments by Noel Rice.

To inquire about classes, contact Director Noel Rice at 847-564-1338 or visit their website at


Highland Bagpipes

The City of Chicago Pipe Band was founded in 2003 as a competition band. The group aims to bring the band to the highest international level of competition. To reach this goal, members are always engaged in personal improvement via solo competition and individual lessons. COCPB has improved rapidly with help from one of the finest teaching staffs ever assembled in Chicago. The achievements of this group are a testament to the fundamental idea here: excellent instruction leads to success. In addition to competing, the band devotes much of their time to instructing Chicago area prospects. The competitive pipe band experience is an ideal outlet, as it carries the benefits of learning music as well as those of a competitive atmosphere.

Since 2003, the band has traveled from coast to coast. We have performed in many American cities and throughout the Midwestern United States. The band has also performed internationally in Montréal, Quebec; Chatham, Ontario and Maxville, Ontario as well.  It is estimated that the band performs in front of 5 million people per year.

If you are interested in learning bagpipes or drums please contact Pat Lynch 773-875-6812 Kids Classes offered every Monday at IAHC.

Tin Whistle and Uilleann Pipes Instruction with Patrick Cannady


Patrick Cannady has more than 20 years’ experience playing Irish traditional music on tin whistle and the uilleann pipes and offers lessons to children and adults ages 10 and up.

The whistle is a deceptively simple six-holed end blown flute, similar to a recorder.  It is both a fine instrument in its own right and a natural stepping stone to other traditional Irish instruments, including the uilleann pipes.

What are Uilleann Pipes?

The uilleann pipes are a member of the bagpipes family of instruments. Uilleann pipes are quiet enough for indoor use and have the ability to play a full two-octave scale. They play well with others, too, especially the fiddle and flute. A minimum of 1-2 years studying the whistle or similar woodwind (such as the flute) is strongly recommended prior to taking up the uilleann pipes.

Lessons are usually Saturday afternoons and Wednesday evenings. Email for more information on how to get started!


Join us for Píobarí, an Irish Traditional Music presentation hosted by Patrick, his students and his musical colleagues on selected Saturday nights from 6pm to 7:30pm.