Belfast Trad Fest - Belfast Summer School of Traditional Music
27th July - 2nd August 2019


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Monday 29th July - Friday 2nd August 2019, 10:00am - 1:00pm

Ulster University Belfast Campus on York Street.

Classes are designed for intermediate to advanced (minimum 2 years instrument experience) adults and children over 6 years of age with exception of the Traditional Singing Classes, Fiddle Classes and unless specifically titled a 'Beginners Class'. See individual classes for full details.

Fee includes admission to all programme events with exception to the evening concerts.

There is a maximum of 15 students per class.

The team of international tutors is made up of master performers with proven track records as teachers and educationalists. The primary means of teaching and learning is ‘by ear’ with an emphasis in the less experienced classes of assisting pupils to develop oral/aural skills in addition to instrumental competency and developing core repertoire.

 FAMILY DISCOUNT - 10% AVAILABLE (For families of 2+)

'Whistle and Sing' - Learn songs, airs and tunes in this beginner’s class for all ages.

'Whistle and Sing' - Learn songs, airs and tunes in this beginner’s class for all ages.


Whistle and Sing

Ages 5+

No Experience necessary

You will need your own Tin Whistle (make sure it’s in the key of D). 


Learn Songs, Airs and tunes in this beginner’s class for all ages.

After a short introduction to the basics of the whistle the aim of the class is to learn a new tune every day.  The technique we will use is by ear and tablature (diagrams) so prior musical knowledge is not needed although notes will be given as an optional reference.

Singing for beginners will be taught by Armagh Pipers Club tutor Pearse McMahon. Participants will learn to sing songs from the traditional Irish repertoire, in the aural tradition in which they were originally passed from one singer to another. We will explore the historical, literary and geographical background of songs originating from different parts of Ulster with a particular focus on the street songs of Belfast. The class will also include an introduction to basic singing techniques, as well as an overview of styles of traditional singing, such as ornamentation and phrasing.

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