Virtual Summer School

Virtual Summer School 2020-07-24T13:43:29-05:00

Music, art, dance, creative writing...These long-time partners of the Irish American Heritage Center are offering virtual fun and learning for the young and the young at heart. If you are looking for some Summer fun from home, we have you covered!

Music Lessons with the Irish Music School of Chicago

Age Group: All Ages

Long time IAHC partners, the Irish Music School of Chicago, offers individual lessons in fiddle, tin whistle, flute, bodhran, guitar, accordion, bouzouki, and even Irish singing to students of all ages. Supplementary group sessions are available.

$25 discount on Francis O'Neill Irish Arts Week 2020 for IAHC members! The code is IAHC.

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Trinity Irish Dancers

Future Irish Dancers ages 3-10 can now learn from the world renowned Trinity Irish Dancers through safe and convenient Zoom classes! Try one virtual class for free, or sign up for a virtual class program. Class times are flexible and will keep your child active from the comfort of your home.

Anam Cara Creative Writing

Anam Cara means "Soul Friends" in Gaelic, and this writing style embodies the importance community plays in sharing our personal stories. The Irish American Heritage Center presents a summer's worth of creativity and instruction in a Zoom classroom setting, led by our long time literary mentor, Virginia Gibbons. We are living in a historic time! Bring your notebook, your experiences, and join us for personalized guidance in our virtual Anam Cara Memoir and Creative Writing Workshops. Share your memories, reflections, stories, or poetry. Once you have your literary piece, you can read aloud for constructive feedback, suggestions, and most importantly, support.

Zoom classes meet every Tuesday from 1:00pm through 3:00pm CST.

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Bodhran Lessons

Instructor Jacob Turner plays bodhran with renowned Irish band Kennedy’s Kitchen. He brings a remarkable vocabulary and immense joy to the Irish drum. A medical student, he brings his academic skills to the teaching of his beloved instrument.

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Amy Kercmar: Harp, Piano

Amy Kercsmar is a full-time freelance Celtic harpist and pianist who has performed extensively and taught private lessons for over 25 years. She earned a Bachelor of Music from Wheaton College Conservatory and in 2010 released an album titled Autumn Grace: Celtic Harp to Quiet the Soul. She is currently offering online lessons for both harp and piano.

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Whistle, Bouzouki, and Guitar

joHn Kennedy has been teaching music for over thirty years and is a member of Kennedy's Kitchen. Among his former students, Nolan and Liam Ladewski, Jacob Turner, Theresa Kubiak, Autumn Rhodes, Sally Joyce.


Whistle: Beginner through Advanced

Guitar: Backing traditional Music and Song

Bouzouki: Beginner Through Advanced

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Whistle, Flute, Mandolin, Tenor Banjo, Bodhran, Sea Nos Singing, Guitar

Nolan Ladewski, formerly of Scythian, AnDro, Soltre, and Kennedy’s Kitchen offers a rare opportunity for instruction by a seasoned Irish music performer. Instruction on whistle, flute, mandolin, tenor banjo, bodhran, sea nos singing, guitar.

Whistle: Beginner through Advanced

Flute: Beginner through Advanced

Mandolin: Beginner through Intermediate

Traditional Singing: Beginner Through Advanced

Tenor Banjo: Beginner Through Intermediate

Bodhran: Beginner Through Intermediate

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